River Kerstetter



Artist, Writer, and Educator

Chicago Center for Arts and Technology


River Ian Kerstetter is a queer artist, writer, and educator of Onʌyota’a:ka (Wisconsin Oneida) and European-American heritage, who grew up in central New Mexico and now lives and works in Chicago. Much of their work reflects their search for connection and meaning in a post-colonial world where queer, trans, and indigenous people fight to be seen and safe every day. Their work weaves between poetry, printmaking, design, and collaboration, using old and new technologies such as letterpress printing, digital design, and fiber arts.

River holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. They are a co-founder of PansyGuild, a Chicago collective that seeks to investigate and celebrate the intersections of queer/trans/indigenous/black experiences through collaborative printmaking and papermaking practices. River was also a founding member of Vecinos Artist Collective, a New Mexico collective that partnered with community organizations and other artists to create collaborative, multidisciplinary art, from parade floats to poetry workshops. River currently teaches Youth Design Arts at the Chicago Center for Arts & Technology.

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