Kristin Thielking is from Long Island, NY and received a BA in Fine Art and Comparative Literature from Brown University, RI and an MFA in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thielking has taught sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point since 2001. She has also taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Penland School of Crafts.
She has exhibited and presented on her work widely. Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the root of her practice and she has a special interest in working with language as a material and work that inspires dialogue about the state of the environment and environmental stewardship. She works most often with artist-book maker, glass artist and poet, Lisa Beth Robinson and sculptor Keven Brunett and is a member of the Catching a Wave Collective a group of 6 artists, scientists and writers. She has been commissioned to design and fabricate numerous large-scale public art projects, including permanent and temporary site-specific installations and sculptural design commissions: Wisconsin Percent for Arts commission for the Waukesha State Office Building, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wausau Campus, WI, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI, Milwaukee’s Third Ward Arts Walk, Dubuque River Walk, Iowa, Bank of Wausau, WI, University of Indianapolis, IA, Magee-Gerrer Museum of Art in OK, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs such as the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program, WI, Edenfred, WI and the Vermont Studio Center. She has presented on her research at numerous conferences including Society and the Sea, University of Greenwich, London, Art and the Anthropocene, Trinity College, Dublin, College Book Art Association Conference, Tallahasse, FL, Artists Now Series University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Glass Art Society Conference, St. Petersburg, FL.