Straddling traditional disciplinary boundaries, Cristin Millett’s investigations of medicine and its history are integral to her artistic process. Her toolkit of sculptural processes incorporates new advances in digital technology along with established methods of sculpture such as stone carving and bronze casting. The resulting sculptural objects and installations prompt a contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction and gender identity.
Raised in El Paso, Texas, Millett began her professional studies at the age of 16 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a residential, performing and visual arts high school and university. She received her BFA from Kent State University and her MFA from Arizona State University. Her artwork has been widely exhibited, including at the Villa Strozzi, Florence; the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; the Exploratorium, San Francisco; and the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. Millett is an Embedded Faculty Researcher in the Arts + Design Research Incubator and a Professor of Art in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State. In 2020, Millett was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Resident at SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia.