Kim Abeles Bio


Kim Abeles' installations and community projects cross disciplines and media to explore biography, geography and environment. The work merges hand-crafted materials with digital representations. She has created artwork in conjunction with a unique range of collaborators such as the Bureau of Automotive Repair, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project, California Science Center, Natural History museums in California and Colorado, and the Lakota Indians of South Dakota. In 1987, she innovated a method to create images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to national and international attention. She has exhibited in twenty-two countries, including large-scale installations in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, China and South Korea.

This year, Abeles received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. She has also received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the California Arts Council. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of California Irvine. Abeles’ journals, artists books and process documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.