Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.
Her professional practice and research interests address ecological, historical, and activist issues related to land use and the built environment through hybrid documentary forms incorporating writing, digital media, photography, audio, video, installation, and mapping. Her work investigates repercussions of human development within the western United States evolving out of a rigorously researched area of interest focused on a particular subject, community or region to discuss complex, interrelated issues of the chosen site. Within her research, she attempts to expose human values and political agendas that form our collective understanding of these places. Ultimately, her projects are designed to create awareness, educate, and create a rich dialogue in relation to the subject at hand.
Stringfellow’s projects have been commissioned and funded by leading organizations including the California Council for the Humanities, the Creative Work Fund, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Seattle Arts Commission. She is 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. 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 Nevada Museum of Art, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Gagosian Madison Avenue, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, the Rachel Carson Institute, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, UC Riverside’s Culver Arts Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute and San Francisco Camerawork among others. Internationally, her work has been included in exhibits at Cubitt, London, UK; the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Tallinn, Estonia; and at the José Martí National Library in Havana, Cuba. During the spring of 2000, she attended the Civitella Ranieri Center Residency Program in Umbria, Italy through a grant from the Atlantic Center of the Arts. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami. Publications include New York Times, Los Angeles Times, SF Camerawork Quarterly, Art Journal, Sculpture, Photo Metro, Leonardo, and Artweek. Her first book, Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905–2005 was published by the Center for American Places (CAP) in 2005. The website for Greetings from the Salton Sea was featured in Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video in New York City in 2006/07. The research archive for this project is permanently archived at the Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art + Environment. Invisible-5, a collaborative audio project completed in spring 2006 was featured on NPR’s California Report on October 13th, 2006. Her second book project with CAP, Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938–2008, was published in December 2009. The California Council for the Humanities awarded Stringfellow a California Story Fund production grant in 2008 to develop and produce the Jackrabbit Homestead audio tour, which was released publicly in March 2009. Stringfellow’s newest audio tour project titled, There It Is—Take It! was funded by the California Council for Humanities in 2011. Stringfellow is an editor at ARID: A Journal of Desert, Art and Ecology and also writes about SoCal arts and culture for KCET Artbound.
Right photo: Bobby Neel Adams