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Kris Timken

MFA/MA, Ph.D. Visual Studies
Public art and social practice, North American environmental imaginary, Whiteness and visual culture
Research Interests: 

Public art and performance; social landscapes; the politics of race and visual culture

Selected Publications: 

Artforum International, Interview with Mary Miss, May 2019,

The New Explorers: Making Meaning in the 21st Century Landscape, Conveyance Press, 2015

Selected Presentations: 

"Environmental Aesthetics, Performance, and Rural Space: A Maidu 'Calling Back the Salmon Ceremony,"" Americanist Symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Conn, 2017

"The Unmonumental and Indeterminate: The New Commons of the Anthropocene," Davies Forum, College of Art and Sciences: University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2016

“The Politics of Rural Geography: Practicing Place” Association of American Geographers, New York City, NY, 2012

“Contemporary Environmental Aesthetics and Political Practice,” British Association for American Studies Conference, Birmingham, England, 2011

“Re-Thinking the Humanities and Social Sciences: The Zone and Zones—Radical  Spatiality in our Times,” Zadar, Croatia, 2011

“Performing Landscapes: The Politics of Possibility,” Visual and Critical Studies Symposium, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA,  2011

 “Embodied/Embedded: Interrogating Gender and Race In the American Western  Wilderness  Imaginary,” Identities Symposium, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA ,2010


Honors and Awards: 


Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence

Visual and Media Cultures Colloquia Coordinator, 2017-2018


Porter College Travel/Research Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz


Humanities Center: Artist and Scholar in Residence Chappell, Lougee Scholars Program Artist + Scholar in Residence, Humanities Center, Stanford, CA


For-Site Foundation, Nevada City, CA

Bergsjön Public 2, Gothenburg, Sweden


Education and Training: 
BA Stanford University
MA Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, Honors
MFA Social Practice and New Media, California College of the Arts
Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017-present
“America in Art,” 2018
“Death, Desire and Modernity: Cubism to Pop Art,” 2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016-present
“Approaches to Visual Studies,” (Jordan Reznick), 2018
“From Memes to Metadata: An Introduction to Digital Visual Culture,” (Professor Kyle Parry), 2017
“Contemporary Documentary Arts,” (Professor T.J. Demos), 2016
“Introduction to US Visual Culture,” (Professor Martin Berger), 2016
"Climate Justice Now! Arts, Activism, and Environment Today,” (Professor T.J. Demos), 2016