University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson

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Filmmaking `02 from the Minneapolis Community Technical College; BIS Film Studies, Film Production, and Icelandic Language & Culture `02 from the University of Minnesota; MFA Film `05 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Filmmaker and faculty member in Film Studies, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota

Kyja has quickly distinguished herself in her career as a media artist, educator and academic leader.  She has had over 150 public screenings of her films in juried festivals and shows including venues such as the Walker Art Center, the D.C. National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Croatian Film Association Cinema.  Her films, Landslag (2004) and Portraits & Testimonials #1-#6 (2004-06) have been acquired for the permanent collection of the National Film Archive of Iceland.  Kyja was named the Film Studies Department Chair at Minnesota State University, Moorhead after only two years as an Assistant Professor.  She is the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies, including a highly coveted Bush Artist Fellowship (2007), a Fulbright Scholarship with a year’s study in Iceland (2005-06), and a Yaddo Residency in Saratoga Springs, NY (2009).