Her interest in language and information is not an artistic whim,
but rather the evolution of years of professional and personal experiences.
Kristy Darnell Battani’s background is filled with seemingly contradictory interests and professional pursuits: law and art; words and images; order and chaos. Equally drawn to the gridded structure of the Bauhaus and the wabi-sabi textures of weathered signage, Battani is inspired by the combination and random juxtaposition of these outwardly dissimilar elements.
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 Canopy Studios and her home studio. Battani has provided legal services to creative individuals and organizations in Austin and has been involved with a variety of arts-related nonprofits, including Creative Action, Mindpop, and Chula Big Artist Little Artist programs.
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
Consequential Fusion / Morro Bay Art Center / Morro Bay, CA
Hidden Treasures / Cibolo Art & Conservation / Boerne, TX
Mothers / Woman Made Gallery / Chicago, IL
Amarillo Lights / Galleries at Sunset Center / Amarillo, TX
Hot for Wax / York Arts / York, PA
Global Swarming / Texas Discovery Gallery / Dallas, TX /
History and Hot Wax / Museo Gallery / Austin, TX
Degrees / m2 Gallery / Houston, TX
Fused Expressions / Bay6 Gallery / Austin, TX
East Austin Studio Tour / Austin, TX
Red Dot / Women & Their Work / Austin, TX
University of Western Michigan, Bill Brown Alumni Football Center / Kalamazoo, MI
Diane and Browne Goodwin Collection / Illinois State Museum / Lockport, IL
University of New Mexico, Student Center / Albuquerque, NM
Charles Schwab / Austin, TX