Kristie Bruzenak

  • B.S., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Ed., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • M.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

"During seven years of study at the Barnstone Studios, I became aware of many visual design and drawing practices that have been developed and refined over the centuries -- our heritage as visual artists. Seeing the strength these practices made possible in the development of many artists of the past, as well those students studying at the Studios, made it clear that this heritage needed to be shared on a wider scale. I was then and remain, very motivated to help students understand the depth of visual art and design and help them become aware of their rightful heritage. I hope to help them develop a deep respect and a passion for this field of study and give them a sound foundation to help them realize their career goals."

Kristie Bruzenak | Foundation studies professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Distinguished Artist Award, Gallery Latreuo, Jacksonville, Florida; commissioned by Augsburg Fortress Press


Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE); Guild of Natural Science Illustrators; Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)

Previous Positions

Chair of Curriculum Revisions Committee, department of foundation studies, Savannah College of Art and Design; adjunct lecturer in drawing and design, department of architecture, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; adjunct instructor in art education and assistant professor in drawing and design, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; art teacher, Jackson Memorial School District, Jackson, New Jersey; director and drawing instructor for Program for Talented High School Students, Kutztown University; state secretary, board member, regional vice president, curriculum chair, Pennsylvania Art Education Association

Publications and presentations

  • “Secrets of Composition” presented at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference in Glenside, Pennsylvania, 2015
  • “The Quest for Beauty Through Classical Proportions” published in “Kitsch & Beauty: The Proceedings of The Representational Art Conference 2014,” 2014
  • “The Quest for Beauty Through Classical Proportions” presented at The Representational Art Conference in Ventura, California, 2014
  • Illustration “Vitis rotundifolia, Muscadine Grape (Scuppernong)” published in award-winning book, “American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic,” 2014
  • Chair, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference and Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, 2012
  • “Joris Hoefnagle, Illuminating Nature” presented at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference in Savannah, Georgia, 2012
  • “Preparing Students for their Careers—Foundations at Its Best” presented at the Southeastern College Art Conference, in Richmond, Virginia, 2010
  • Techniques showcase demonstration at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Conference and Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, 2010
  • “The Structure of Content” presented at ThinkTank4 in Athens, Georgia, 2009
  • “Drawing for Design, Shifting the Focus of Foundation Drawing” presented at the Biennial FATE National Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2007