Kristin Onuf

8 x 10 Mixed media monotype, 2018


Making monotypes and monoprints brings me into the present moment. The process demands close attention to the image as it takes shape and changes with each transfer. It fosters a spirit of spontaneity, experimentation and discovery that I welcome.
My current work is part of a series exploring the history and legacy of slavery. It began after the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, my hometown for nearly 25 years, in August, 2017. To better understand racial injustice and the rise of white supremacy and racial terrorism, I began to study the treatment of enslaved people and their descendants. My research sparks the evolution of a compelling visual language with which to engage with the history that is shaping our world.


Kristin earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also did graduate work in Spanish and Latin American Literature. In Dallas, Texas, she studied Painting, Printmaking and Art History at Southern Methodist University. She received an M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Other printmaking techniques were introduced to her at three workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Memorable teachers are Larry Scholder (SMU), Chica Tenney (PVCC), David Freed (VCU), Susan Webster and Dan Welden (Haystack).

At Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Kristin taught Studio Art Classes and was a member of McGuffey Art Center, a co-op where she was gallery co-chair.

Kristin had one-person shows biennially at McGuffey and one in Winter Harbor. She was part of a curated show at Schooner Gallery in Milbridge, Maine. Since becoming a year-round Maine resident, she has participated regularly in open and juried group shows with both MGNE and the Union of Maine Visual Artists. In 2018 Kristin was honored to be included in the MGNE Fifth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition. Her work is in the collections of Piedmont Virginia Community College and IBM, Tokyo, Japan.