Seattle-based artist, Kristen Ramirez will be making the experience of navigating the Wayne Tunnel on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell, Washington more enjoyable for the over 2 million people that travel through it each year. 4Culture, in partnership with King County Parks, will oversee the process as she explores the trail’s history and experience, engages with area residents, and develops a site responsive approach to activating the 250 ft. long passageway.
Ramirez makes work about place and things that are part of our everyday experience. She earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, a MA in Education and California Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. She has exhibited her studio work extensively and is an active public artist, working predominantly in murals. In 2009, Ramirez was awarded the inaugural Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs artist residency in the Northeast tower of the Fremont Bridge through which she created a temporary sound installation and hosted related participatory events.
In addition to her work at Pratt Fine Art Center and Edmonds Community College, from 2004-2012 Ramirez worked at Cornish College of the Arts teaching Visual Art Foundations and managing the Cornish pre-college summer program. From August of 2012 through June of 2013, Ramirez and her family left Seattle to travel throughout the United States and Mexico. She is working on an illustrated memoir about this adventure.