Chad Kristian is an African-American artist, curator, director and producer based in Louisiana. For more than a decade, Chad has produced a diverse collection of abstract and contemporary art alongside his well-defined commitment to the arts and Louisiana's Black Art community through volunteerism and philanthropy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art from Dillard University. Chad Kristian associates his work with contemporary, cultural and spiritual themes (amongst others) as abstract expressionism. For more information regarding available works or commissions: CONTACT
Since 2005, Chad has exhibited several works across Louisiana participating in group shows at Dillard University, McNeese State University, Jazz & Heritage Gallery and others; including a series of photographs selected while in undergrad (Alexandria Museum of Art, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Xeno International Mail Art Exhibition and publication). To date, he has produced two solo exhibitions, "The Black Indians of New Orleans: Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians" at Arna Bontemps African American Museum (Alexandria, LA, 2012) and "Thirty-Three" at Hotel Modern (New Orleans, LA, 2016). He curated "Grounding: Central Louisiana Black Artists" at Louisiana State University at Alexandria Art Gallery (Alexandria, LA, 2018) and produced "Amis de la Fête Louisiane" a contemporary Louisiana seafood and wildlife series. He also completed a mural for the town of Cheneyville along Scenic Hwy. 71 South (603 Front Street, Cheneyville, LA, 2018). Chad Kristian currently serves on the board of directors for the Sankofa Cultural Collective (Co-Founder, Past President). He has also served on the board of directors for the Central Louisiana Community Foundation and Louisiana State University at Alexandria's International and Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee. Chad Kristian is also a graduate of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum.
In addition to his artistic endeavors, Chad Kristian volunteers as an art instructor with the Sankofa Cultural Collective and the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library. In the past, Chad has served as moderator for LSUA's panel "Black Lives Matter: Where Social Media and Social Justice Intersect" (Alexandria, LA, 2016). He has also served as a panelist for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's event titled, "The Post-Modernist Black Arts Movement: Reinventing a Cultural Economy" (New Orleans, LA, 2014), guest panelist at several music and entertainment events in New Orleans on behalf of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. (post-Katrina) and has been a guest speaker at various events across Central Louisiana. His projects in film include: "Untitled" (Short Film, Summer 2018), "The Day I Finally Decided to Kill Myself" (Producer, Short Film, 2013, Finalist in the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival) and "Barry Avenue" (Line Producer, Short Film, 2014). He also Directed and Co-Produced the "Dollar Signs ($$$)" music video by artist Kel featuring Billie Brasco. Chad Kristian also appeared on the 2018 Murphy Brown reboot (Season 1: Episode 7).
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