Kristina Paabus
January 24 - March 7, 2020
Something to Believe In
McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH
January 24 – March 7, 2020
Public Opening Reception Friday, January 24, 5-7pm

In the solo exhibition, Something to Believe In, Kristina Paabus examines the systems that we use to control our surroundings – as well as the structures that try to control us. Our personal and cultural narratives are formed by tools such as language, architecture, Internet, beliefs, and government. Through abstraction and metaphor Paabus investigates the operations, fractures, and perceptions of these strategies to uncover the underlying common codes of our shared experiences.

As a first-generation Estonian-American, Paabus has been influenced by growing up in between these two cultures, histories, and places. Much of her creative work has focused on the lasting impact of Soviet occupation on both tangible and invisible spaces. Paabus creates hybrid spatial conversations that observe, interpret, and respond to experiences of attempted containment. This exhibition spans the past eight years of her multidisciplinary creative practice through drawings and sculptures. These speculative renderings translate visual remnants to abstract, question, and abstract power structures.
January 17 - February 15, 2020
The Contemporary Print at PrintAustin
Big Medium Gallery
916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101
Austin, Texas 78702
January 17 - February 15, 2010
Public Opening: Friday, January 17, 2020, 7 - 10pm

PrintAustin's 7th annual juried international exhibition, presented in collaboration with Big Medium. The Contemporary Print is a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. The 2020 exhibition was juried by Claudia Zapata.
Selected artists include: David Avery, Kelly Belter, Lisette Chavez, Briar Craig, Tania Cruz, Angela Faz, J. Leigh Garcia, Dirk Hagner, Veronica Hallock, Anna Hoberman, Daryl Howard, Raluca Iancu, Brian Johnson, Wayne Madsen, Michelle Martin, Jonathan Nicklow, Ryan O'Malley, Samantha Osborne & Alan Pocaro, Kristina Paabus, Sumi Perera, Ramiro Rodriguez, Terry Schupbach-Gordon, Emily Stokes, Wendi Valladares, and Carson Werner.
July 10 - August 5, 2019
Meanwhile / Vahepeal
Hobusepea Galerii, Hobusepea 2, Tallinn, 10133, Estonia

In this solo exhibition Kristina Paabus uses drawing, printmaking, and installation to create speculative and spatial renderings that explore personal and cultural narratives. As a first-generation Estonian-American, Paabus has been influenced by growing up in between these two cultures, histories, and locations. Her artwork examines the systems that we use to control our surroundings – or in turn the strategies and structures that try to control us. She observes, interprets, and responds to experiences of attempted containment such as architecture, religion, language, and government. Meanwhile translates visual remnants that describe the lasting impact of occupation on both tangible and invisible spaces. Through abstraction and metaphor, Paabus investigates the operations, failures, fractures, superstitions, and perceptions of these systems to uncover underlying common codes within our shared experiences.
FY 2019
Ohio Art Council
Kristina Paabus was was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY 2019.
November 24 - December 15, 2017
Estonian Nature - Black and White
Galerii Daliko, Bahnzeile 8, A-3500, Krems an der Donau, Austria

Exhibition Estonian Nature-Black And White gives subjective overview of the Estonian nature by visual artists who have been invited to live and work in EAA Muhu Art Residency. Participating Artists: Markus Kasemaa, Karl-Kristjan Nagel, Jana Wiebe, Tiiu Rebane, Tibor Csabai, Dorottya Kovács, Helen Tago Mullaste, Britta Benno, Zsofia Sztranyak, Kelli Valk, Dora Eszter Molnar, Kadri Toom, Imre Bodnár, Lilli-Krõõt Repnau, David Mallard, Lembe Ruben, Kalli Kalde, Kristina Paabus, Kaija Kesa, Paulis Liepa, Mari Prekup. Curated by T. Rebane.
Fall 2017
NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt
NCCA, Kotlin Island / St. Petersburg, Russia
Saturday, November 4, 2017
SPACES In Wonderland
SPACES, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
A benefit auction and evening for SPACES. KP's work can be bid on here.
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 6:30PM - 12:00AM
Paabus is on sabbatical during the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be traveling, conducting research, and creating new works.
Summer 2017
Paabus attended the Guanlan Printmaking Base during summer 2017 in Shenzhen, China, thanks to the Southern Graphics Council International Residency Award.
While in residence, Paabus created a diptych of editioned prints that represent her country of Estonia in the Belt & Road printmaking project.
April 22, 2017
SPACES Monster Drawing Rally, 2017, April 22, 2017, 6-10pm.
SPACES, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113
March 10 - April 22, 2017
Until, a solo exhibition by Kristina Paabus is on view from March 10 through April 22, 2017 at Cleveland's 2731 Prospect Gallery.
Opening reception: Friday, March 10th, 6-9pm. Artist talk: Thursday, April 6th, 6:30pm. Closing reception: April 22nd, 4-6pm. 2731 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH
January 28 – June 11, 2017
Bodies in Motion at The University of Iowa Museum of Art. Curated by Joyce Tsai, "’Bodies in Motion’ compares the dance photography of Barbara Morgan to work produced by artists from the Renaissance to the present". Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA. On view January 28–June 11, 2017.
January 27 – March 3, 2017
Compact(ed), a two-person exhibition with Max Seinfeld and Kristina Paabus at Rockford University Art Gallery in Rockford, IL. Curated by Christina Warzecha. Exhibition Dates: January 27 – March 3, 2017. Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 6-8:30pm, with artist lectures at 5pm. Rockford University Art Gallery, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108.
January 14, 2017
Spaces to SPACES, Grand Opening of the new SPACES in Cleveland, OH. Paabus created a site-specific, semi-permanent installation, "of and from", that will be on view for the foreseeable future. SPACES, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113.
October 28-December 23, 2016
East Coast Screenprint Biennial at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY from October 28-December 23, 2016. Curated by Nathan Meltz.
October 14 - November 19, 2016
Island Life, is a two-person exhibition by Jessica Caponigro and Kristina Paabus at The University of Kentucky-Lexington's Bolivar Art Gallery. Curated by Becky Alley. On view October 14-November 19, 2016. Reception on November 10th at 4:30pm and Artist Lectures November 11, 2016.
Bolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, School of Art and Visual Studies,
236 Bolivar Street, Lexington, KY 40506
October 2016
Summer 2016
MUHU PRINT, International Printmaking Workshop
Muhu A.I. Kunstitalu, Muhu, Estonia, July 18 - 23, 2016
Paabus participated in MUHU PRINT and presented a lecture on July 19th.
Exhibition August-September 2016, Proovitõmmis/Proof Print, Hungarian Institute, Tallinn, Estonia, Curators: Britta Benno and Lembe Ruben
Summer 2016
MUHU Art and Innovation Residency
MUHU A.I., Muhu, Estonia
Exhibition August-September 2016, FUTU MUHU 2016, Raegalerii, Saaremaa, Estonia, Curator: Tiiu Rebane
April 18, 2016
Lucky Draw 2016
The Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, NY 11101
5pm Doors Open, 7:30pm Draw Begins
November 20, 2015 - April 24, 2016
NEO Geo is on view from November 20, 2015 - April 24, 2016 at The Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH.

Geometric abstraction pares visual art down to pure shapes, lines and colors, yet infinite possibilities lie within those boundaries. NEO Geo features recent work by artists in the surrounding region who explore the potential of geometric abstraction.In the 1960s and 70s, painters and sculptors in Cleveland, Oberlin and Kent created abstract works dependent upon hard-edged geometric forms. Often guided by pre-determined systems based on logic or mathematics, they were motivated by their interests in science, psychology and technology. Artists working in the region today use a combination of pre-determined systems and intuitive responses to create the underlying geometry of their work. In some cases, these structures serve as metaphors for broader themes, such as the tension between the natural and man-made or the forces and systems that affect our daily lives.

Neo Geo Features Work By: Gianna Commito, Natalie Lanese, Janice Lessman-Moss, Michelle Murphy, Erik Neff, Kristina Paabus, Paul O’Keeffe, and Amy Sinbondit. Curated by Theresa Bembnister.

Opening reception: Friday, November 20th, Member's Preview at 6:30 and open to the public 7:30-9pm.
November 1 - 6, 2015
The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Visiting Artist: Kristina Paabus
since: Project Gallery, November 1-6, 2015
Artist Lecture: November 5, 2015, Printmaking Area, 12pm
October 26 - November 22, 2015
Mid-America Print Council Members’ Juried Exhibition
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Opening reception November 12th from 5-7pm.
October 9 - December 4, 2015
Fear Chaser, Richard D. Baron Gallery, Oberlin, OH
An exhibition of Oberlin College Studio Art Faculty work by Jacob Ciocci and Kristina Paabus
Opening reception Friday, October 9, 2015, 7-9pm.
April 13, 2015
Lucky Draw 2015
The Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, NY 11101
6pm Doors Open, 7:30pm Draw Begins
Summer 2015
Emmanuel College Artist Residency in Printmaking
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Emmanuel College Artists in Residence Exhibition 2015
On view: August 6 - September 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 6th 2015, 4:30pm
Featuring work by:
Yoav Horesh, Photography
Kristina Paabus, Printmaking
Carla Novi, Social Justice
Amy Santoferraro, Ceramics
May 15 - June 14, 2015
Even If
Fernwey Gallery, Chicago, IL

In this new body of work, Kristina Paabus explores the systems and strategies that we use to perceive, control, and negotiate our surroundings. Tools such as language, architecture, beliefs, and game theory, expose our constant yet sometimes futile attempts at structure. Through a multidisciplinary approach, Paabus creates images, environments, and situations that elaborate on logical organizational tactics and illogical superstitions. These hybrid spatial conversations explore factual and fictional constructions that we employ to interact with the world around us. In parameters, repetition, reality, and illusion we attempt to gain a sense of order – or at least fulfill our desire to believe.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 15th 6-9pm
Read Lauren Fulton's essay here - and check out the collaboration between KP and Fernwey Editions here!
February 21 - April 4, 2015
in for it
The Safe Room at the Texas Theater, Dallas Texas

Through a combination of print techniques, Kristina Paabus’ two-dimensional and sculptural works reflect experiments with perceptions of logic and structure. Central to her practice is an understanding of how systems create or falsify order, with the means of gaining a sense of control. Paabus’ Safe Room exhibition, in for it, is informed by recent investigations of game theory: the close study of rules and consequences that result from different strategies, effects of luck, and the role of superstition. - Lauren Fulton

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 21st, 6-9pm
January 24–April 19, 2015
Ulrich Underground: Shock Print
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
January 2015
KP attended an artist residency at The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE in early January 2015.
September 12 - October 18, 2014
We Just Want To Make Things
Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI
Mid-America Print Conference
Reception: Friday, September 26, 6-10pm
August - September, 2014
Midwest Multiples
Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, MN
Summer 2014
Kristina Paabus joins the faculty at Oberlin College
as the Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Reproducible Media.
April 20 - 27, 2014
SABOTAGE: new work in visual and performance art
Levitt Gallery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2013-2014 Grant Wood Fellowship Exhibition
featuring the fellows:
Eric Sall (painting)
Esther Baker-Tarpaga (performance)
Kristina Paabus (printmaking)

April 5-May 31, 2014
March 2014
Christine Wong Yap is super organized and comes up with lots of interesting ideas.
Recently CWY asked KP to contribute work to #makethingshappen.

Exhibited at Nathan Cummings Foundation and NYU Tisch Photo Gallery in 2014.
November 15 - December 21, 2013
A BOX FOR EACH OF US solo site-specific installation
1431 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL
Nov 15 – Dec 21, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 6-8pm

In this site-specific installation, Paabus explores ideas of surveillance and control. Influenced by theater and panopticons, she examines the melding of public and private spaces. Paabus is interested in the idea of "being watched" and the resulting perceptual effects. In a box for each of us, the panopticon is a representation of contemporary information gathering techniques, confining individuals and groups to both constant display and categorization.

November 8, 2013
Open Season Invitational III
126B The Commons, Ithaca, NY
November 8, 2013, 6-10pm
Wednesday, October 30
Presentations by the 2013-2014 Grant Wood Fellows
Wednesday, October 30, at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, in Art Building West, Room 240, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
September 13 - October 13, 2013
Being a Woman in an All Woman Show
Heaven Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 7-11 PM
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago, IL
July 7 - 13, 2013
Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
One-week Etching class taught by Kristina Paabus
March 21 – April 13, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Spudnik Press Cooperative 2013 Collector's Prints Release: a series of three lithographs by Kristina Paabus.
Hashbrown 2013
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
6 pm – 10 pm
February 10 - 25, 2013
With: The Jerks
Collaborative works by With - Matt Nichols and Kristina Paabus
ACRE Projects, 1913 W. 17th St., Chicago, IL
Opening Reception : Sunday, February 10, 4-10PM
February 8 - March 15, 2013
Solo Exhibition at The Moser Performing Arts Center Gallery at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL
January 19 - February 1, 2013
ARTwork 6
SAIC Faculty and Staff Exhibition
Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
December 6 - 9, 2012
ACRE at NADA Miami
December 6-9, 2012
NADA Art Fair
Deauville Beach Resort, Collins Ave and 67th St, Miami FL
ACRE at Design Miami
180 NE 39th St, 2nd flr, Suites 216 & 226, Miami, FL
12/07 + 12/08: 8:30pm-1am
November 30, 2012
ACRE Rising
Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave
November 2012
Make-Space featured artist
November 9 - 11, 2012
MDW Fair Chicago
work at ACRE & Heaven Gallery
November 4 - December 21, 2012
Daily Strategies
Solo Exhibition at Brushwood, Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield, IL
Opening reception: Sunday, November 4th, 1-3pm
October 19 - November 18, 2012
At That Very Moment
Works by Jesse Butcher, Kristina Paabus, and Soo Shin
Opening reception October 19th, 7-11 p.m.
Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd FL
Chicago, IL 60622
September 21 - October 27, 2012
Sea Change
group shop at Andrew Rafacz
835 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago IL 60607
Opening Reception: September 21, 4–7pm
August 10 - September 2, 2012
Dolphin Days
Group Show with
Caroline Carlsmith, Alex Chitty,
New Hands (Carson Fisk-Vittori & Michael Hunter),
and Kristina Paabus
Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 2012, 6-9pm
Alderman Exhibitions
1138 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL
July 2012
June 2012
Ox-Bow, Artist Residency
May 12 - June 23, 2012
New work by Kristina Paabus and David Leggett

Opening Reception, Saturday May 12th, 6-9pm
Hinge Gallery
1955 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

3/9/12 - 4/1/12
New work by Kristina Paabus and Charles Mahaffee

Reception March 9th, 7pm-10pm
Eel Space
1906 S Throop St
Chicago, IL 60608

12/09/11 ACRE Country Fair
ACRE Country Fair Fundraiser
Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60622
Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, 7 pm - midnight
Nov. 17, 2011 - Feb. 17, 2012
Geometrically Speaking II
Featured Artists:
Jerome Acks, Robert Burnier, Tom Burtonwood, Diana P. Gabriel, Brittney Hudgins, Sam Jaffe, Jeffrey Cote de Luna,
Dominic Paul Moore, Nora Maité Nieves, Kristina Paabus, Melody Saraniti, and Rachel Smith.
*Curated by Angela Bryant
Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 17, 2011
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: River Bank Lofts
550 North Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Oct 21-23, 2011
Hinge Gallery at MDW Fair
Showing with Raul J. Mendez
Opening Reception: Friday,Oct 21, 8-11pm
September 18th-October 23, 2011
The Perpetual Motion of a Still Life
at Reyerson Woods
Outside: Collaborative project by Joseph and Sarah Belknap, and Sara Black
Inside: Group exhibition with Jeanne Dunning, Jessica Labatte, Mark Rospenda, Claire Ashley, and Kristina Paabus
Closing Reception: Sunday, October 23, 1-3pm
August 3-14, 2011
Acre Residency
May 15-June 25, 2011
Making screen prints in the woods (!) at:
Women's Studio Workshop
Exhibition Test Ground opening June 3, 2011 at WSW.
Artist-in-Residence, Painting and Drawing
LillStreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

*update - Lill Street Artist Talk - April 12, 2011, 7-8pm
12/04/2010 - 12/28/2010
back room projects presents:
Speculative Proof
a site-specific installation by Kristina Paabus

back room projects
3248 N Troy St, #1

Opening reception: Saturday, December 4th, 7pm to 10pm
On exhibit December 4th-28th.
View exhibit at reception, or set up an appointment by emailing back room projects or visit the site at
July 2010
Artist Residency, Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna
Reykjavik, Iceland
May-July 2010
Artist Residency
Culture Factory Polymer
Tallinn, Estonia
April 2010
Artist Residency
Artfest Residency, Transylvania
Borsec, Romania
Anonymous Drawings N°10
December, 12th 2009 - January 17th 2010
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
D-10997 Berlin
Humboldt, July 11, 2009

Humboldt Park Moving Picture Show
Richmond Manor
1625 N. Richmond St.
Chicago, IL, 60647


Eel Space, Work on Paper
Silent Auction
2846 W North Ave #1A
Chicago, IL, 60647

Humboldt Moving Picture Show
Eel Space

Formidable Flat, May 30 - June 23, 2009
Formidable Flat, an exhibition of new work by Kristina Paabus and Drew Peterson, explores and challenges our perceptions of actual versus depicted space by combining traditional printmaking techniques with sculptural and installation based elements.

First Amendment @ Burlesque of North America
1101 Stinson Blvd
Basement rooms A & B
Minneapolis, MN 55413

May 30 - June 23, 2009
Hours: Weekdays 12-5pm, or by appointment

Opening Reception:
May 30th, 2009, 7-10pm
With musical performance by
Cecil Otter of Doomtree & Strange Famous Records