JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her 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 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in both the 2006 and 2008 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. 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, and the Boston Globe, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, and Art Papers. 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.