About: Kristen Palana

Kristen Palana

University Students Taught Since 2000

Online Students Taught Since 2014

Dollars Raised Online For Good Causes

Life Purpose

In a Nutshell

As an educator, I’ve taught at universities on four continents, including at The American University of Rome, where I co-founded the Film and Digital Media BFA. From 2016–2019, I taught for universities and NGOs in Myanmar. When not making fine art, I work as a designer and educator for United Nations and international organizations including WHO, UNICEF, WFP, GIZ, UNDP, UNFPA and create multimedia programs for students from all walks of life. Former and current students include refugees, diplomats, undergraduate and graduate students, and those with no formal education living on under $2 USD a day.


  • M.F.A., Graduation With Distinction. Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)
  • B.F.A., Graduation With Distinction. Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, (Boston, MA)
  • Diploma in Social Innovation. UPEACE Centre for Executive Education

In the News

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Featured Artist: Kristen Palana United Women's Art Movement publication 2023


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Artist Statement