Kristen Kovak

Adjunct Assitant Professor of Art
Adjunct Faculty


Kristen earned her MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Her artwork questions the relationship between how we see and how we identify objects. She attempts to interrupt the process of naming in order to reveal our perception before it is processed through the visual cortex. The results are part Wunderkammer, part artifact, and part academic still life. She has been teaching painting and drawing for the past twelve years and been a visiting artist and critic at the University of Michigan Art Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Pittsburgh, Rocky Mountain College of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and DePaul University. Her paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the country. Most recently, she has had solo exhibitions at Penn State, Baum School of Art, MICA: Decker Gallery, and the Arts Club of Washington. Her work was also featured in a five-museum touring exhibition including the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos, CA and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.


Joined Seton Hill: 2011
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Personal Areas of Interest:
Academic Areas of Interest: Drawing, Painting, and Human Perception


  • MFA in Studio Art, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) 2010
  • BA in Studio Art and Art Education, Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA) 2002


  • “Arts Club of Washington: Solo Exhibitions…” Reviewed, Dupont Circle Arts: January 13, 2010
  • “Birds in Art 2009” Exhibition Catalogue, Woodson Art Museum: 2009
  • “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” Reviewed, Wall Street Journal: October 1, 2009
  • “Flocking to Wisconsin: Catch a Glimpse of Birds in Art” Reviewed, Wildlife Art Journal: September 17, 2009
  • “Bird Watching: The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum…” Reviewed, American Art Collector: September 2009
  • “Reclamations” Reviewed, Erie Times-News: April 2002


  • Surdna Foundation Fellowship, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2007-2010
  • Bell Atlantic Leadership in the Arts Award, 1997


  • Carnegie Mellon University, “Representation: A tangible test of perception.” Course: Computational Perception, 2012
  • Carnegie Mellon University. “Observation and Depiction over Time” Course: Imaging, 2012
  • University of Michigan Art Museum, “Contemporary Painting” 2009
  • CEA Annual Conference, “Art Career Exploration: Using differentiated instruction to motivate your students.” 2007
  • Edinboro University’s Annual Honors Conference, “The Gender Influence in Art Education.” 2001
  • Pennsylvania Art Education Association Annual Conference, “The Value of Student Journals in Art Education.” 2000