Kristina Bilonick Royer is an Edinburgh-based curator, collections specialist, and visual artist with over 15 years of experience working with arts organisations in the US and UK. In her current position as Archive Curator at Glasgow Print Studio, Kristina manages a collection of roughly 3,000 prints and 1,500 photos, plates and ephemera tied to the studio’s history. Current projects include curating travelling exhibitions of archive works, updating collection policies and protocols, building a public searchable database, and steering the organisation towards museum accreditation. Recently, Kristina co-organised the studio’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow – curating selections of archive works for display and writing interpretive texts.
As a freelancer, Kristina curates and produces exhibitions across Edinburgh and has worked with many local organisations including the NHS Lothian Charity, Historic Environment Scotland, City Arts Centre, Summerhall, and the Edinburgh College of Art.
During her years as an artist and practitioner in Washington, DC, Kristina owned and operated a shared printmaking studio with a residency programme and gallery which shone a light on local emerging artists. During this period, Kristina launched a series of funded public art projects including the Georgia Avenue Window Walk which utilized empty storefronts for artist displays that touched on the rich history of the neighbourhood. In 2015 she co-curated a week-long public art and community engagement festival, ‘What’s Going On? Voices of Shaw’ which gave voice to residents of the rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood.