Kristy Darnell Battani's interest in language and information is not an artistic whim, but rather the evolution of years of professional and personal experiences, stemming back to her childhood fascination with her father’s reams of notebooks filled with cryptically scribbled football plays (as well as those that ended up on her playroom chalkboard). Those plays would later be featured in one of Battani’s first artistic series, Gridiron, and a large scale installation at a university athletic complex.
Her fascination with words, images and information continued throughout her college and graduate studies. Battani received a B.S. in Communications with supporting studies in Studio Art at the University of Tennessee, followed by a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Battani’s early legal practice led her to two national law firms in Atlanta, Georgia where she specialized in intellectual property protection. Electing to return to the creative world, Battani spent three years pursuing graduate studies in design at the acclaimed Portfolio Center, later becoming part of the faculty. In 2003, Battani founded Chartreuse Art, an arts-based program that provided classes and studio space for young artists.
Now a resident of Austin, Texas, Battani divides her time between her studio work and her legal practice focused on providing services to creative individuals and organizations. Battani is also a board member of Creative Action, an Austin-based provider of creative youth programming.
Battani’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries across the country and is included in both public and private collections.
People’s Gallery Selection / Austin City Hall / Austin, TX / 2013, 2011
Environmentally Inspired / IEI Austin / Graeber Estate / Austin, TX / 2013
Consequential Fusion / Morro Bay Art Center / Morro Bay, CA / 2011
Hidden Treasures / Cibolo Art & Conservation / Boerne, TX / 2011
Mothers / Woman Made Gallery / Chicago, IL / 2010
Amarillo Lights / Galleries at Sunset Center / Amarillo, TX / 2010
Hot for Wax / York Arts / York, PA / 2009
Global Swarming / Texas Discovery Gallery / Dallas, TX / 2009
History and Hot Wax / Museo Gallery / Austin, TX / 2009
Degrees / m2 Gallery / Houston, TX / 2008
Fused Expressions / Bay6 Gallery / Austin, TX / 2008
East Austin Studio Tour / 2009-2015
Red Dot / Women & Their Work / Austin, TX / 2011-2015