Kristen Baumlier’s work spans the full spectrum of interdisciplinary media, including performance, interactive installation, video and audio works. She received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1994, where she began utilizing humor, combined with interactive performance as core elements in her work.
She received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in 2004, and an ArtsLink project grant in 2005 to produce a site specific collaborative work in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
During a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2005, Baumlier developed “Oh, Petroleum,” where she transformed into “The Petroleum Pop Princess;” a pop icon engaging viewers in debate over materialism and oil consumerism. She is a founding member of the collaborative group, Fossil Fools, which presents issues about energy and fuel consumption.