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Linseed Art Academy

Lead Instructor

Keri Kriston | Artist | Painter

Hi there! Welcome to Linseed Art Academy. See that person below in the blue shirt painting square after square? That's me! My name is Keri Kriston, a life long artist and painter. For as far back as I can remember I always had this urge to make, and create. As I grew up life took me down one creative path to the next. For me, art isn't just a hobby it's a way of life. It's a way to pass the time, express feelings and ideas that can't be articulated in any other way, a way to explore my inner most self. If you're here I'm guessing this rings true for you too. We artists have this voice inside us that must be addressed. We need to give it a way to let itself out. 

I started Linseed Art Academy as a way to give back to my fellow artists, both emerging and established of all backgrounds and abilities. We learn and grow best when we have a second set of eyes on our work. Fellow artists help us to see where we're stuck, teach us new tips and tricks, and share new and exciting insights. I look forward to sharing my experience with you and learning a new thing or two myself. Let's get painting!

At LAA we are committed to creating flexible learning environments and lessons for all community members with respect to sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, age veteran status, class, neurodivergent traits, and national or ethnic origin. We believe art should be available to all! Please let us know how we can best accommodate you or your budding artist to create the best learning experience possible.



Education & Experience

Keri graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University in Theater Design and Production with a concentration in set design and painting. She then went on the earn a post graduate certificate from The Yale School of Drama in Scenic Art. 

Keri's had the great pleasure of working for Adelphi University and Yale University where she painted sets and helped guide students through many painting projects. 

She's taught after school enrichment programs, worked for a summer camp, and taught students how to paint during summer theater programs.

Keri and her husband moved to Lincoln in 2018 when her husband secured a position at UNL. As proud new Nebraskans they have been exploring Lincoln and all it has to offer. Keri started painted scenery for the Lincoln Community Playhouse shortly after their arrival thus beginning her journey into the arts community in Lincoln. She then became a member of the Lincoln Artists' Guild, and a co-op member of the Noyes Art Gallery. Keri considers Nebraska her home and is beyond grateful to all the wonderful people and fellow artists who have embraced her and made her feel at home.  


  • 2023 ADEX Platinum Award, 'Breeze Blocks' collection at Vahallan Papers Inc.

  • MSU's Tony-in-the-Raw,  'Best Design' for the set of "Parade"-by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

  • MSU's Joseph F Bella Production/Design Award, achievement in your major/contribution to your academic department

  • LAG Spring 2019 Merit Award

  • LAG 2019 "Bobby" Sward Award

  • LAG Fall 2019 James Ray Award

  • LAG Fall 2020 Honorable Mention 

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