Brandi Kruse (b. 1979 Ypsilanti, MI) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Her creative process begins with photography and language and manifests itself in prints, collage and multimedia installations. Her work serves as investigations into time, vulnerability, expectations and space. As a trained and practiced educator in both English Language Arts education and Art education, she has a unique set of perspectives and skills. Kruse develops curriculum for students from middle school to university, summer camps to college campuses and teaches Art through a critical literacy perspective with a foundation of social justice education. She is currently the Visual Arts teacher at Springwater Trail High School and a Community Education printmaking instructor at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Kruse is the co-founder of KC, a writers’ collective publishing poetry zines since 2013. She has published numerous artist books including flat out in collaboration with Fuller Rosen Gallery (2019). Her artwork has shown locally and abroad and she is the recipient of residencies at The Portland Art Museum (2019), Caldera Arts Center in Sisters, OR (2017) and The Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany (2015). Kruse earned a BS in Education (Art and Literature) from Central Michigan University in 2003 and an MFA in Print Media from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2016.