Artist in Residence
Born in Detroit, Christopher Batten began his undergraduate training at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and later completed his training at Detroit's College for Creative Studies where he earned a BFA in Illustration in 2006. Christopher is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art's LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting MFA program, where he received a Hoffberger Merit Scholarship, the Dr. Leslie King Hammond Graduate Award, and two AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships. While at MICA, Batten also served as Graduate Program Assistant to Joan Waltemath, Hoffberger School Director. His artwork has been exhibited in cities such as Detroit, New York, San Antonio, Baltimore, and Atlanta. Batten's works have also appeared at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, as well as the Red Bull House of Art Detroit.
Batten's current drawing and painting practice examines issues of race and inequity relative to America's current socio-political landscape. In these pieces he explores the phenomenological aspects of violence, fueled by his twenty-six years of experience as a martial artist and upbringing in an urban environment. In these paintings, Batten explores the space where inequity and violence collide.