Visual Art – Cincinnati
Natalie Braun was born and raised in the suburbs of Chagrin Falls, which just outside Cleveland, Ohio. She found an interest in 2-dimensional art and French culture early in life after she traveled to France and Canada to study art, art history and French culture. She also traveled to Rome in 2015 while attending college where she studied art, art history, and theology. While she was studying art at Xavier University, she grew fond of 3-dimensional art and art as therapy. She graduated from Xavier University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a double concentration in sculpture and illustration, and a double minor in French and Psychology. For her senior thesis project, she built an installation inspired by the process of creating therapeutic art, which she considered to be her style of work throughout her early artistic development. She has exhibited her art every year in the SOS show at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, has participated in student shows at Xavier University Art Gallery and the Contemporary Arts Center. After exhibiting her thesis in Cleveland at an art show titled "Freshly Squeezed" she took up studying yoga and mental well-being, and also taught cartooning, up-cycle art, and diversity/cultural classes as an after-school enrichment program through Skoolaid. In 2019 she started a MPS program to get her Masters in UX Design, which she will graduate in April 2020. She now works at a production company as a graphic production specialist in Norwood. In her spare time, she plays piano, hula hoops, does woodworking, glassblowing, and creates 2D and 3D artwork to sell on the side, and is certified in yoga as well as kids yoga, which she previously taught at Roselawn Condon School for mentally disabled.