Kira Appelhans fell in love with printmaking while studying for a Masters in Landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. These days she pursues printmaking in the moments between life and work, focusing on using the etching process of intaglio printmaking as faster more tactile way to capture and study processes found in the natural world.
Born and raised in Idaho, Kira currently teaches in the School of Design Studies at Parsons and has taught in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas, Austin. She participated in the 2010 Rising Currents design residency at PS1 and resulting exhibition at MoMA, New York. Kira has been a fellow at the MacDowell art colony and had her first solo show at the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2011. She lives, works and makes in Nashville, TN.