Kristin Gentry is passionate about using her art to create different ways to preserve her traditional Native American tribal culture. Kristin has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried, invited, open, and group shows across the Midwestern United States. She works as a professional visual artist in the areas of relief and monotype printmaking, painting, jewelry and photography. She also works as a writer, designer, and curator. She worked as a full time arts educator in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and now works full time as an artist. Kristin is an enrolled member and registered artist of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Kristin will finish her M.S. degree in Native Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2020. She received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 under 40 award in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in fine arts from Oklahoma State University in 2009, and graduated as a Senior of Significance denoting the top of her class. She attained her Associate of Art in education from Tulsa Community College in 2005 as an Honor’s Scholar Graduate. She graduated from Berryhill high school in 2003.
She lives in Owasso, Oklahoma with her husband David and daughter, Jewell Shooting Star. She is a professional member in the Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition member, Tulsa Artists’ Coalition member, Southeastern Indian Artists Association member, and a member in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Kristin attributes her interest and love for the arts as instilled by her grandfather and woodcarver, James Oran Hoover, her family, her numerous fine arts professors, her mentor Benjamin Harjo Jr., and her beautiful heritage in which she draws her inspiration.