Kristin Abhalter Smith draws on her experiences as a set designer to create site-specific installations of performative soft sculpture and apparel inspired by emotion, material experiments, and the operatic. She directs and co-curates projects at Roman Susan Art since founding the space in 2012 and has exhibited at Demo Project in Springfield, and Terrain, Flatland, Open Gallery, and Ignition Projects, among other spaces in Chicago. She has an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in design and cultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She also collaborates to create design for performance.