JD Beltran is a designer, media artist, filmmaker, and writer. Her work, which blends the narrative and abstract in investigating how materials tell stories, has been exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, The Getty Institute, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, China. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and was a longtime faculty at both the San Francisco Art Institute and in the Design Division of California College of the Arts. Beltran also is the recipient of design and art’s most honored awards, including awards for creating one of the top design works internationally (German Design Award 2019 and CES Innovation Award 2018) and creating one of the top public artworks in the US (Public Art Network 2009) and the world (New Technology Art Association 2014). She also received multiple annual awards for her work from the former International Design Magazine (ID Magazine).