Kim Stringfellow

Kim Stringfellow utilizes multiple disciplines including video, mapping, installation, writing, audio, and photography in order to address geographical subjects and their structuring, re-structuring, breakdown, and development in the West. On a broader level, her research serves to educate her audience on geo-political issues that stem from these locations.


Stringfellow’s work has been commissioned and funded by leading organizations including the California Council for the Humanities, Seattle Arts Commission, the Creative Work Fund, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She is the 2012 recipient of the Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence and was also awarded the 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, and the Santa Fe Art Institute among others. Her work has been shown internationally, most notably 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 work has been covered in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, SF Camerawork Quarterly, Art Journal, Sculpture, Photo Metro, Leonardo, and Artweek. She has written various books entitled 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 (2009). Stringfellow’s newest audio tour project titled, There It Is—Take It! was funded by the California Council for Humanities in 2011. Currently, Stringfellow is an editor at ARID: A Journal of Desert, Art and Ecology and also writes about SoCal arts and culture for KCET Artbound.  She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.