Holy Family High School

Meet Ms. Kristina Faragher, award-winning professional artist and Holy Family Art Teacher

Ms. Kristina Faragher, Art Teacher at Holy Family High School, is an international visual artist who exhibits works of art individually and collaboratively in a host of media including: painting, film, installation, and performance art. This year marks Ms. Faragher’s 14th year in the Visual and Performing Arts department at Holy Family.

On integrating her professional life as an artist in the classroom:

“Participating as a professional in the global art community greatly contributes to my desire to share, inspire and foster confidence in young women with ignited interest in the arts. Passing on the knowledge that was so generously given to me by professors, artists and mentors is a highlight in my life. Watching students discover their own unique, creative voice is a beautiful thing to behold.”

“I often ask professional artists within my art community to come in and speak to our young women about their work and process. This gives students an opportunity to meet active artists including graphic designers, painters, filmmakers, ceramicists, photographers and more. Through my connections with museums, galleries and academic institutions I am able to keep students up-to-date about the myriad of visual art events, internships, grants, competitions and college opportunities that are offered.”

Ms. Faragher’s pride as a teacher:

“My Holy Family artists are active participants in the Annual Congressional Art Competition; a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their artwork in public, meet their representatives and compete for an exciting family trip to Washington D.C. Many of my students continue on to some of the best art schools in the nation, including Pratt in New York, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts or CalArts, Maryland Institute College of Art or MICA, Rhode Island Institute of Design or RISD, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz Art Departments. I am so proud of their accomplishments. Most importantly, I am grateful for the opportunity to help high school women develop and assert their creativity in all aspects of their lives, as our beloved Creator does each and every day.”

Accomplished artist: 

Ms. Faragher has had her work featured in many galleries, museums and institutions. Selected venues include: UCLA's Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Autry National Center, Los Angeles (permanent collection); ARCOmadrid's 29th International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; The Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Berkeley, CA; and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Belarus.

Selected publications include: UC Berkeley Press, UCLA Extensions: The Journal of Embodied Technology at UCLA, and The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.