Kris Sader was born in Denver, Colorado in 1951, but grew up in Tucson Arizona. She studied Art and Theatre at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Since marrying she, her husband and two daughters lived in many places from the West coast to the Gulf Coast and in-between. In 1987 the family moved to Maine.
Kris holds three degrees from the University of Maine, a BA in Performing Arts/dance, 1989, MS in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 1995 and a BFA in Studio Art (printmaking). Kris is a printmaker and environmental site-specific installation artist. As a printmaker she uses “Non-Toxic”, health and environment friendly, printmaking methods, which she helped research at the University of Maine. She studied printmaking under Susan Groce, UM, Elizabeth Dove, University of Montana, Hester Stinnett, Tyler University, Philadelphia, and Siri Beckman, Deer Isle, Maine. In addition to showing her work locally, nationally and internationally, she gives presentations on her work and has taught non-toxic printmaking techniques in workshops and as an adjunct lecturer in printmaking at University of Maine. She was a recipient of an Artist Fellowship at Women's Studio Workshop, New York, a "Good Idea Grant" ; from the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) and an Artist in Residence at the Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor. In 2012 Kris traveled as artist in Residence to Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle Arizona and Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland (sponsored by TRACS, Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society). In 2015 she traveled to Cape Cod Mass. for an artist residency in the Historic Dune shack district of Cape Cod National Park.