Marine Corps Artist in Residence
"My mission is to recruit, train, and deploy uniformed and civilian combat artists to create world-class art that will tell the Marine Corps story for generations to come." -Kristopher Battles, Marine Corps Artist in Residence
Kristopher Battles is a contemporary fine artist creating artworks in a variety of media which honor the highest traditions of representational art.
Battles graduated with a BFA in Painting from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in December 1991, and earned his MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford in September 2013.
Originally serving as a Marine Reservist from 1986 until 1996, Battles became a Marine combat artist after reenlisting in 2006, and deployed to Overseas Contingency Operations several times to create art for the United States Marine Corps, serving in that billet until 2014. From 2014 until 2019, Battles served as a civilian combat artist for the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Battles is currently the Marine Corps Artist in Residence, on staff at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA.
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