Fascinated by people, Kirsten Leenaars collects personal stories and rewrites them into imaginary microdramas about relationships and subjective space. Kirsten was born and educated in the Netherlands where she received her BFA in Sculpture, and her MA degree with a focus on socially engaged art. She received her MFA degree in Studio Arts from UIC in 2007. In 2004 and 2007 she received a ‘Start Stipendium’, a stipend for ‘promising’ Dutch artists by Fonds BKVB, foundation for the visual arts. Her work is shown at film and video festivals nationally and internationally, in galleries, and part of community-based projects. She showed among others with Threewalls, Chicago; Slow, Chicago; Gallery Stephan STucki, Zurich; Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam; HotelMariaKapel, Hoorn; Traveling Tehran Biennale, Istanbul; Contemporary Art WOrkshop, Chicago; LOOP Festival, Barcelona; Gallery 400. She currently teaches Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.