Kim Stringfellow is a transmedia 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. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.
Her transmedia projects bridge cultural geography and environmental concerns using a variety of documentary approaches and media that are primarily disseminated as Web-based projects but often have a physical installation component. Her projects investigate the cultural landscape and history of place, often addressing repercussions of human interaction and occupation within these spaces. Through rigorous research focused on a particular subject, community or region she fosters a discussion of complex, interrelated issues for each site. Within her research, she attempts to expose human values and political agendas that form our collective understanding of these places. Ultimately her projects, which combine research, writing, photography, audio, video and mapping are designed to create awareness and educate her audience in a highly creative and experimental media-rich format.
Stringfellow’s projects have been commissioned and funded by leading organizations including Cal 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. To coincide with her the receiving this award The Autry is currently exhibiting Jackrabbit Homestead at 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.
Sringfellow’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. 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.
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 is the recipient of two past Cal Humanities Community Stories production grants. In 2014, she received a Cal Humanities California Documentary Project Research and Development Grant for New Media to develop The Mojave Project. Stringfellow is a co-editor for ARID: A Journal of Desert, Art and Ecology and a regular contributor for KCET Artbound.
Right photo: Bobby Neel Adams