• July 30 - August 12, 2023

    LITHOGRAPHY: Stone & Photolithography
    Ox-Bow School of Art

  • 2022

    Paabus was a representative artist from the USA in the exhibitions 5th Global Print, at the Douro Museum, Duoro, Portugal in 2022 and 11th International Print Biennial Duoro in Duoro, Portugal during 2023.

    In 2023, Paabus also participated in Cleveland Prints, in CCC Gallery East, Highland Hills, OH; Crossing the Line at University of Nebraska's Walker Art Gallery in Kearney, NE; and Ava oma (s)ilmad, Rüki Galerii, Viljandi, Estonia.

  • July 13 - August 12, 2022

    Intaglio and the Hybrid Print
    Penland School of Craft

  • February - May 2022

    Artist Residency at TYPA Centre for Print and Paper, Tartu, Estonia

  • January 2022

    Artist Residencies at Grafodroom and Estonian Academy of Arts Graafika, Tallinn, Estonia

  • October - November 2021

    One-month artist residency at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

  • September 2021

    Artist Residency at Soaring Gardens, Laceyville, PA

  • 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 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

  • 2017-2018

    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 Estonia in an international 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

  • 2013 - 2014

  • July 7 - 13, 2013

    Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
    One-week Etching class taught by Kristina Paabus

  • March 21 – April 13, 2013

    Sustenance: Progressive Printmaking Now
    Redline Milwuakee
    1422 North 4th St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53212

  • 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

  • January 2012 - Interview

  • 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.

  • 1/1/2011-8/31/2011

    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

  • 12/2009

    Anonymous Drawings N°10
    December, 12th 2009 - January 17th 2010
    Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
    Mariannenplatz 2
    D-10997 Berlin


  • 10/2009

  • 8/2009

  • 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