429 Beach Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   

christina.conklin@gmail.com    650-712-1671

 

Awards, Fellowships, Residencies

Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2019

  * Two week writing residency to complete final draft of The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis

The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway, 2018

  * Three week art residency aboard the tall ship Antigua to develop seaweed works

Mesa Refuge Residency, Pt. Reyes Station, California, 2018

  * Two week writing residency to develop "ocean as body" theme for The Atlas

Finalist, Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, “Ocean as Mirror: Creative Responses to Sea Level Rise,” 2015

Dennis Leon Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2014

Barbara Shapiro Award, New Beat Textiles Show, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 2011

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, “The Revitalization of the Gaelic Language and Culture in Scotland,” 1990-91

 * Of 2,000 applicants one of 50 selected for year-long international fellowship

 

Writing

 

The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, The New Press, July 2021

  * 240 pages, 40 original maps using ink-on-seaweed and digital techniques

  * "Read it ... and weep ... and then act." Lucy Lippard

“How Textiles Are Saving the World,” feature article, Surface Design Journal, 2013

 

Exhibitions

"The Gang's All Here," Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2021

“Worlds in the Making: New Ecological Rituals,” University of San Francisco, 2016

  * Year-long solo exhibition featuring interactive installations, guest teaching, and participatory events

“50/50: 50 Works in 50 Days,” Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2015

MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2014

             

Public Engagement    

 

"The Human Predicament in 2020: Intersecting Global Crises and the New Normal," webinar designed and hosted for Commonweal.org, 2020

Coastside Crisis Fund, Half Moon Bay, CA 2020

  * Developed team that raised $400,000 in response to local COVID crisis

“Ocean as Body” artist talk, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, 2018, and Deltares Research Center, Delft, Holland, 2018

“King Tides” interactive walk, Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2017

“Laudato Si: One Year Later” interactive walk, University of San Francisco, 2016

“Tideline as Timeline” participatory community walks, 2015-18

  * Researched and wrote local shorelines around San Francisco Bay, leading local groups in conversation to consider histories, futures, and individual agency

Artist in Residence, San Mateo Co. Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Project, 2015-16

  * Led community events and walks to engage public in policy dialogues

 

Career History

 

2014-present   Full-time artist and author

2012-2014       MFA, California College of the Arts

2000-2012       Textile artist showing at juried craft fairs (weaving, dyeing, quilting)

1994-2000       Career in publishing and non-profit fundraising

1990-1993       Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, followed by years living in the UK

1986-1990       Middlebury College, B.A. with high honors in religious studies, psychology and studio art

How do we live in the middle: between systems that aren't working that we nevertheless participate in, and the new societies that we are working to create?
Think of the climate crisis as a slowed-down version of the coronavirus crisis. Both are asking us to work together as one humanity, using all our knowledge and effort to build a healthy planet. Let's get started.

Resume

429 Beach Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   

christina.conklin@gmail.com    650-712-1671

 

Awards, Fellowships, Residencies

Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2019

  * Two week writing residency to complete final draft of The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis

The Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard, Norway, 2018

  * Three week art residency aboard the tall ship Antigua to develop seaweed works

Mesa Refuge Residency, Pt. Reyes Station, California, 2018

  * Two week writing residency to develop "ocean as body" theme for The Atlas

Finalist, Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, “Ocean as Mirror: Creative Responses to Sea Level Rise,” 2015

Dennis Leon Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2014

Barbara Shapiro Award, New Beat Textiles Show, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 2011

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, “The Revitalization of the Gaelic Language and Culture in Scotland,” 1990-91

 * Of 2,000 applicants one of 50 selected for year-long international fellowship

 

Writing

 

The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, The New Press, July 2021

  * 240 pages, 40 original maps using ink-on-seaweed and digital techniques

  * "Read it ... and weep ... and then act." Lucy Lippard

“How Textiles Are Saving the World,” feature article, Surface Design Journal, 2013

 

Exhibitions

"The Gang's All Here," Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2021

“Worlds in the Making: New Ecological Rituals,” University of San Francisco, 2016

  * Year-long solo exhibition featuring interactive installations, guest teaching, and participatory events

“50/50: 50 Works in 50 Days,” Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 2015

MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2014

             

Public Engagement    

 

"The Human Predicament in 2020: Intersecting Global Crises and the New Normal," webinar designed and hosted for Commonweal.org, 2020

Coastside Crisis Fund, Half Moon Bay, CA 2020

  * Developed team that raised $400,000 in response to local COVID crisis

“Ocean as Body” artist talk, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, 2018, and Deltares Research Center, Delft, Holland, 2018

“King Tides” interactive walk, Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2017

“Laudato Si: One Year Later” interactive walk, University of San Francisco, 2016

“Tideline as Timeline” participatory community walks, 2015-18

  * Researched and wrote local shorelines around San Francisco Bay, leading local groups in conversation to consider histories, futures, and individual agency

Artist in Residence, San Mateo Co. Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Project, 2015-16

  * Led community events and walks to engage public in policy dialogues

 

Career History

 

2014-present   Full-time artist and author

2012-2014       MFA, California College of the Arts

2000-2012       Textile artist showing at juried craft fairs (weaving, dyeing, quilting)

1994-2000       Career in publishing and non-profit fundraising

1990-1993       Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, followed by years living in the UK

1986-1990       Middlebury College, B.A. with high honors in religious studies, psychology and studio art