JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her award-winning work, which blends the narrative and abstract in investigating how materials tell stories, has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, The Getty Center, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, China, The Kyrgyzstan National Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and in the 2006, 2008, and 2012 ZeroOne New Media Biennials. The Cinema Snowglobe, her collaboration with Scott Minneman, was awarded the international New Technological Art Award in 2014 with an exhibition in Ghent, Belgium in November 2014. She has been commissioned for public art projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, NPR, and Wired Magazine, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, Art Practical, Art Papers, ID Magazine, 7x7, and Dwell. She also has received awards such as an Artadia Grant, a Workshop Residence Grant, a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Fellowship, as well as residencies at the Skowhegan School, the Pilchuck School (Hauberg Fellowship), the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Montalvo Arts Center. She has written columns on art and culture for both SFGate.com and the Huffington Post, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also faculty in the Film, New Genres, and Design & Technology Programs of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for under-served youth. She is also Adjunct Faculty in Graduate Design at the California College of the Arts. She lives and works in San Francisco.