I was born in Chicago in 1968. My childhood was... well... colorful.
I turned out to be sort of a dreamy child with an even more colorful
interior world. I always loved making things and using my hands.
At 17 I packed a bag and moved to Brooklyn. I landed at Pratt and
felt right at home in New York’s land of misfits. I moved to Greenpoint
Brooklyn when I was 19. I’ve been making beautiful things whenever
and wherever I can.Turns out... I am still a little dreamy.
—Kristen Balouch

BFA, Pratt Institute, 1991
Two Doors Down, Solo Exhibit
The Gallery at Hague Creek, Solo Exhibit
The Goatshed Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Connections
Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit
awards & honors
Ezra Jack Keats Award
Charlotte Zolotow Commended
CCBC Best Book of the Year
Middle East Book Award
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
The Golden Kite Honor Award, Illustration category
Publisher's Weekly, Flying Start
Print's Regional Design Annual
Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibit
39th Annual of American Illustration
Print's Digital Design Annual 5
Designer's Handbook of T-shirt Promotions, RC Publications
Communication Arts Design Annual
Great Design with Non-traditional Materials, Northlight books
Print Magazine, Mini-portfolios
The Best of Business Card Design 2, Rockport Publishers
Computer Graphics III, Rockport Publishers
Print's Best Typography 2
How Self-Promotion Annual
Fresh Ideas in Promotion, North Light Books