Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Los Angeles, 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 locative media. 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 Creative Work Fund, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Seattle Arts Commission. Awards include Best-Art Related Website at the 1999 SXSW Interactive Festival. Her work has been exhibited at the International Center for Photography (ICP), the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, SIGGRAPH, the Rachel Carson Institute, and San Francisco Camerawork.
Her photographs are included in the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, Florida. Internationally, she has exhibited at ISEA'04 in Tallinn, Estonia and at the José Martí National Library in Havana, Cuba in 2002. 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.
Publications include New York Times, SF Camerawork Quarterly, Sculpture, Photo Metro, Leonardo, and Artweek. Her 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. Invisible-5, a collaborative audio project completed in spring 2006, funded by the Creative Work Fund was featured on NPR's California Report on October 13th, 2006 and was included in justspace(s) at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in fall 2007. She is currently working on her second book project with CAP concerning the mid-century Jackrabbit Homestead phenomena in Southern California's Morongo Basin region.
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