EDUCATION MFA in photography, 2010 San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI): San Francisco, CA

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CRYSTAL AM NELSON

PhD Student, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz VM: 323.334.0724 | Skype: audrey-malinda

E: cranelso@ucsc.edu | URL: www.crystalamnelson.com EDUCATION

MFA in photography, 2010 | San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI): San Francisco, CA BA, summa cum laude in English/identity studies, 2003 | University of Rhode Island:

Kingston, RI

African studies, 2001–02 | University of Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch, South Africa

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: contemporary photography and interrelated media, social practices, performance, identity and representation, visual culture and citational practices RELEVANT PROFESSONAL & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

2011–present

Contributor, Art Practical, Berkeley, CA May 2012

Instructor, conceptual photography workshop, SNAPSHOP! Program, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Spring 2011

Graduate Independent Studies Mentor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA Spring 2009

Teaching Assistant, Performing Race Seminar with Allan deSouza, SFAI, Fall 2008

Teaching Assistant, Critical Art Writing Workshop with Mark Van Proyen, SFAI, 2003–2004

Curriculum & Training Fellow, Common Center New York, New York, NY 2001 & 2003

Writing Consultant, University of Rhode Island, Providence, SELECT AWARDS & HONORS

2013 | apexart Franchise Program curatorial grant

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2011 | Visions from the New California Fellowship Award

2010 | Paul Sack Building Award in Photography, Honorable Mention ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2013

Critical Studies Resident, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock,NY Fieldwork Marfa Researcher-in-Residence, ESBA Nantes Métropole &

HEAD-Genève Academie, Marfa, TX 2012

ECAR Program, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Art Practical Writer-in-Resident, Cannonball (formerly LegalArt Miami), Miami, FL July 2011

Visions from the New California Artist Fellow, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

SELECT EXHIBTIONS & PERFORMANCES 2013

Post-Racial U.S.?, New Mexico State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM 2012

ECAR Exhibition, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA

Doing Your Dirty Work, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA Visions from the New California group show, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA 2011

2nd ghettoBIENNALE, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 2010

Bodies in Space(s): Negotiating Sites/Sights, Madrone Art Bar, San Francisco, CA Vernissage: SFAI MFA Thesis Exhibition, Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, CA

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MOMENTS (Bringing Back the Now): 100 Performances for the Hole group show, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Guess Who? group show, Goforaloop Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2009

Invisible Homes group show, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Living Archives group show, Swell Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA (catalogue) Without Themed Biennial, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Westwood, CA (catalogue) Filthy Treats group show, Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

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2007

Myth of the Monolith (People You May Think I Know), Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA

Covert Issues, Stillights Gallery, SFAI, San Francisco, CA 2006

Untitled, Swell Gallery group show, SFAI, San Francisco, CA 2005

postcards from the end of the rainbow, Vantage Pointe Studios, Atlanta, GA SELECT CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2013

Heterotopia, group exhibition in Marfa, TX 2010

TASTE! Food.Art.Conversation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco, CA

The Listening Party, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA

Unlocked performance/public program for The Bowls Project at YBCA Truth, No Dare, public program for The Bowls Project at YBCA BIBLIOGRAPHY

John Daniel García, “Fieldwork Marfa researchers-in-residence delve into social issues, Coppola,” The Big Bend Sentinel, March 21, 2013, p. 6

Obi Kaufmann, “Fractured, Pluralist ‘Visions from the New California,” East Bay Express, June 6, 2012

Alliance of Artists Communities, 2011 Visions from the New California catalogue, (March 2012): 3, 18–20.

Lauren Meir, “Making Art in the 3rd World: Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale,” MutualArt, December 14, 2011

Anthony Torres, “Bodies in Space(s): Negotiating Sites/Sights,” Whitehot Magazine, November 2010

Meleko Mokgosi and Erica Cooke, Without exhibition catalogue, (September 2009): 32. SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Features

“Scandal,” Brooklyn Rail, June 2013

“New Growth, Contemporary Art, and Its Discontents: Dispatches from the Frontier,” Art Practical, Issue 4.12

“The Capital of Caribbean Cool,” Art Practical, Issue 4.4 “Best of Year 3,” Art Practical, Issue 3.21

“Interview with Romel Jean Pierre,” Art Practical, Issue 3.8 Reviews

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“From Miami: Trading Places II,” Art Practical, Issue 4.1 “From the Berkshires: Oh, Canada,” Art Practical, Issue 3.20

“From Santa Monica: Origin of the Universe: Mickalene Thomas,” Art Practical, Issue 3.15

“From Los Angeles: Now Dig This!,” Art Practical, Issue 3.3

“From Los Angeles: Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” Art Practical, Issue 3.1

“From Santa Monica: Mirror House,” Art Practical, Issue 3.1

“Betye Saar: CAGE: A New Series of Assemblages and Collages,” Art Practical, Issue 2.22

“Ranu Mukherjee: Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous,” Art Practical, Issue 2.19

“Deana Lawson,” Art Practical, Issue 2.17

“Automatic Superstar,” identitytheory.com, June 14, 2005 Essays

“African American Women and Photography,” Oxford African American Studies Center, July 2013

Multiple entries in the African American National Biography,

Ed. Gates, Henry Louis Jr., Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford University Press, January 2008

LECTURES/PANELS/CONFERENCES 2012

African Studies Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Paper: “Zanele Muholi: Queering the Sphere of Resistance,” ACASA Sponsored Panel: “The Body Theorized”

Lecture, Emmanuel College, Boston, Massachusetts

Title of Paper: “Selections from the Black Urbanist Reader: Scattered and Collected” Panel, “Capital of Caribbean Cool: Contemporary Caribbean Artists in Miami” Organizer and Moderator, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, Florida

Ramone Cortines High School of the Visual and Performing Arts/CalArts CAP Program, Los Angeles: photography lecture & student critiques

2010

Lecture, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California Title of Paper: “Performing Identity in American Art and Culture” EXHIBITION JURIES 2011–12

SOMArts Commons Curatorial Residency Award Advisory and Selection Committee PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS New Media Caucus

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Expert in photography: film and digital and image database management • expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign), MS Office Suite and Google Docs • high level of proficiency in video production and use of iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro • proficient in WordPress and Tumblr • working knowledge of

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