in Chicago's Lincoln Park
Originals, prints, and notecards
"The residents really enjoyed your talk – great buzz around the community today." -- senior living community program coordinator
Watercolor rendered illustrations
Artwork on the TV Show "Chicago Fire"
Krista August holds mathematics and graduate education degrees from Northwestern and DePaul Universities, respectively. Her fine art study includes coursework at the Palette and Chisel, the Old Town Triangle Association, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richeson School of Art, and the Peninsula School of Art. For seven years, Krista volunteered for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, leading walking tours of Chicago’s historic and modern skyscrapers. Presently, she leads walking and biking tours of Lincoln Park’s historic monuments and is a member of the Chicago Tour-Guide Professionals Association (CTPA).
Since publishing Giants in the Park in 2011, Krista has promoted interest in these local art and history treasures through book and art sales, lectures, and sculpture tours. In January 2012, the Chicago Writers Association honored Giants in the Park with a Book of the Year award, and in April 2014 the Illinois State Historical Society recognized Giants in the Park with a Certificate of Excellence. [Giants in the Park, second edition was published July 2015.]
Giants in the Park Activity Book Plus Sticker Page was published December 2015 and received a Certificate of Excellence in 2017 from the Illinois State Historical Society. This art and history guide is designed to engage young students with coloring pages, primary source material, text highlighting notable history, multidisciplinary activities, and also a page of 36 mini statue and park-themed stickers. In many instances, growing giants are directed to museum and learning sites on the Internet for further enrichment.