Kristin L. Tollefson

Primary Discipline: Visual Arts

Areas of Specialty: Sculpture, Public Art, Craft (wire and textile techniques)

Additional Disciplines/Specialties: Literary Arts, Music, Performance Art, Poetry, Sound Art

Based in: Bainbridge Island

Phone: 206.331.1857




Kristin Tollefson received her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA, Cum Laude, in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from Carleton College. She has received numerous grants and awards from organizations including the Fulbright Program, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw. In 2008 she received the Island Treasure Award from the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, and in 2010 she was nominated for the first Arts Innovator Award through Artist Trust. Her art has been featured in print in Fiberarts Design Book 7, Metalsmith Magazine, and An Island in Time. Her public art can be seen throughout Puget Sound, including at the Montlake Community Center and Magnolia Library in Seattle, the City of Kent and City of Shoreline. Kristin has taught in K-12 public and private schools, in museums and at the college level around the country, and has mentored teachers from a variety of disciplines. Kristin is the Education Director at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Artist Statement

When I teach, I engage students both verbally and visually, with the goal of engaging the whole child. Cultivating a sense of discovery, curiosity, and agency are overarching goals, and developing critical thinking skills a key method for reaching them. My teaching is also influenced by my experience as public artist with an interest in installation and sound, along with my background in art history, anthropology and landscape gardening. I seek opportunities to help students become teachers and leaders in the classroom, and cultivate both individual and group dynamics to this end. As a specialized instructor within the classroom setting, I augment and integrate kinesthetic skills and creative problem solving in support of classroom learning. 


Suitable for Grades: K-12

Preferred Grades: K-12

Curriculum Integration Possibilities: Literacy/Reading/Writing, Math, Science, History/Social Studies,Technology, Other Arts Disciplines

Additional Interests/Experience:

  • Leading Professional Development workshops for K-12 Teachers

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