Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches photography and multimedia courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art + Design. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.
Stringfellow’s work bridges cultural geography, environmental journalism, public practice and experimental documentary into creative, socially engaged transmedia experiences. Her research explores the cultural landscape and history of place, often addressing environmental repercussions of human interaction and occupation within these spaces. By focusing on particular subjects, communities or regions she attempts to foster a discussion of complex, interrelated issues for each site while attempting to expose human values and political agendas that form our collective understanding of these places. These projects, which combine writing, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping and community engagement are designed to create awareness and educate her audience through a varied multimedia format.
Stringfellow’s projects have been commissioned and funded by leading organizations including Cal Humanities, Creative Work Fund, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Seattle Arts Commission. She is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography and the 2012 recipient of the Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence. The award honors the achievements of contemporary women whose work in photography, film, and new media transforms how we see the American West. To coincide with her receiving this award, Jackrabbit Homestead was exhibited at the Autry National Center’s Irene Helen Jones Parks Gallery of Art from September 13, 2014 – August 23, 2015. Other awards include a Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) “Investing in Artists” equipment grant in 2010.
Stringfellow’s work has been exhibited at the International Center for Photography (ICP), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), The Autry National Center, The Nevada Museum of Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Gagosian Madison Avenue, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, UC Riverside’s Culver Arts Center, and The Santa Fe Art Institute among others. International exhibitions include Cubitt, London, UK; the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Tallinn, Estonia; and at the José Martí National Library in Havana, Cuba. Her photographs are included in the Comer Collection of Photography at UT Dallas, UC Riverside’s Culver Center for the Arts, The Altered Landscape Collection at the Nevada Museum of Art and the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE in Miami, FL.
She is the author of two books, Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905–2005 and Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938–2008 both published by the Center for American Places.
She has received multiple grants from the California Council for the Humanities. Acting as project director for The Mojave Project, she received the prestigious California Documentary Project (CDP) Production Grant for New Media from Cal Humanities in 2015 and a CDP Research and Development Grant for this project in 2014. Stringfellow is a co-editor for ARID: A Journal of Desert, Art and Ecology and a regular contributor for KCET Artbound.
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