About Kristy Deetz

Kristy Deetz is a Professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. Her extensive exhibition record includes national and international venues. With Reni Gower, she co-curated FABRICation that traveled to art museums, university art galleries, and art centers. She frequently serves as a visiting artist and has led numerous painting/drawing workshops at venues including Haystack, Oxbow, Penland, Anderson Ranch, and Arrowmont. UWGB awarded her the 2011 Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She received SECAC’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2015 Silver Award from Graphis Design Annual, NY. Her paintings have been featured in Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century, Encaustic Art—The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax, and Full-Range Color Painting for the Beginner. Recently she served as Erasmus Visiting Lectureship at the University of Kassel, Germany, and Artist-in Residence at The Burren College of Art in Ireland.

At present, she has separate series of work in painting, sculpture, and digital media. Using the trope of draped fabric her work challenges and plays with expectations of what painting does as it lies on the crease of abstraction and representation. This evolving exploration uses different painting media in each series and investigates Deleuze’s ideas from The Fold where internal versus external and virtual verses actual to challenge and play with expectations of what painting does as it lies on the crease of abstraction and representation. Recent series include Veil Paintings, Holidays Unfolding, and Through the Veil.

Carved wooden reliefs painted with encaustic, her “book” series are visual metaphors of the book form and autobiographical explorations. Playing off of concepts such as palimpsest, aporia, and table of contents—these pieces operate as visual puns and connect ideas of language to body and earth. Her new work in digital media revisions images from her drapery paintings into landscapes that play with the idea of mise en abyme, “placing into infinity” or “placing into the abyss,” to formally create a fractal space of endless reflexivity.

Download: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • Flashpoint: Material/Intent/Fused (traveling exhibition)
    August 2-October 5, 2019
    Group Exhibition (includes my encaustic paintings, digital prints, industrial jacquard weavings) curated by Reni Gower. First venue: Piedmont Arts Galleries, Martinsville, VA, August 2, 2019-October 5, 2019
  • Compulsory Measures (traveling exhibition )
    August 26, 2019-October 27, 2020
    Group Exhibition (includes my Veil Paintings) curated by Reni Gower
    Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD; January 31-March 31, 2019; The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY; August 26-November 8, 2019; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX; December 22-May 3, 2020;The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA; August 27-October, 2020
  • Wax: Contemporary Methods at Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI.
    October 12-December 2, 2019
    Group Exhibition that includes paintings from my drapery series (encaustic and oil on wood panels).
  • Sign Systems at Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD.
    October 15-December 7, 2019
    Artists include Corinne Beardsley, Kristy Deetz, Hedieh Ilchi, Robin Kang, Linling Liu, Jonathan Sims. The exhibition features a small group of artists whose work features highly individualized sign systems while exploring an array of contemporary topics, issues, and mediums.