Kristen Mallia, MFA

Assistant Professor, Art & Design

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Research/Fields of Interest(s)

  • Experimental Design, Multimedia Installation

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is rooted in an open, experimental dialogue within the studio space. I challenge students to approach graphic design through a broad lens, embracing methodologies and resources from a variety of disciplines while experimenting with a wide range of media. Through the development of unique design frameworks, content, and research, students emerge as flexible thinkers with dynamic design solutions who are ready to create impact within the contemporary creative landscape.

Professional Activity/Presentations & Posters


  • “nexus,” Midway Gallery, Boston, MA (Curatorial Project)
  • “Artist and Pandemic,” Midway Gallery, Boston, MA


  • “Memory Device,” Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (Solo Exhibit)
  • “c/o (displacement),” The Yard, Back Bay, Boston, MA (Solo Exhibit)
  • ”Memory Device,” Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA (Visiting Artist Talk)
  • “Rituals,” Colloquium for the First Year Program, SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, MA (Visiting Artist Talk)
  • “SITE_,” Skaftfell Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
  • “Glitch,” List í Ljósi Festival (Video projection + workshop in collaboration with Seyðisfjarðarskóli), Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
  • Artist-in-Residence, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland


  • Opportunity Fund Grant, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Boston, MA
  • “Crossing The Line: In Search of Sanctuary,” Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
  • “Lines / Divide” (Radius Collective) Boston East Gallery, Boston, MA
  • “Light vs. Dark,” Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA
  • “title here: no wrong answers,” Beacon Gallery, Boston, MA (Curatorial Project)


  • “A Few Conversations Between Women,” 808 Gallery, Boston, MA


MFA, Boston University

BFA, Corcoran College of Art + Design

BA, The George Washington University

Portrait of Kristen Mallia.

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Office Hours

    • Monday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (in-person and via Zoom by appointment)
    • Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (in-person and via Zoom by appointment)
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Courses Taught

  • ADG 910 Graphic Design Independent Study
  • ADG S206 Graphic Design I
  • ADG S207 Graphic Design II
  • ADG S311 Integrated Advertising
  • ADG S344 Graphic Design III
  • ADG S345 Graphic Design IV
  • ADG S705 Conceptual Typography
  • ADG S807 Experimental Design Studio
  • ADG S808 Experimental Design Studio II
  • ADG S844 Thesis Documentation Studio