Kim Stringfellow
Kim Stringfellow

Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art + Design. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She is the 2012 recipient of the Theo Westenberger for Artistic Excellence Award.

Her transmedia projects bridge cultural geography and environmental concerns using a variety of documentary approaches and media. Her research interests investigate the cultural landscape and history of place, often addressing the repercussions of human interaction and occupation within these landscapes. Through rigorous research focused on a particular subject, community or region she fosters a discussion of complex, interrelated issues for each site. Within her research, she attempts to expose human values and political agendas that form our collective understanding of these places. Ultimately, her projects are designed to create awareness, educate, and create a rich dialogue in relation to the subject at hand.


LOCATION: Joshua Tree, CA

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: JTNP and Pappy & Harriets’ in Pioneertown

FAVORITE WRITERS: Rebecca Solnit, Lucy Lippard, Mike Davis, J.B. Jackson, Nelson Algren


MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Anyone in a vodka ad

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Paris, Texas and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Bob Dylan’s original soundtrack and Claire Diterzi remake from Requiem for Billy the Kid)

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: The Morongo Basin community has an exception off-beat artist community and some really great local musicians. I like the fact that Joshua Tree is small enough to actually participate directly in civic and community affairs. We also have our own regional aesthetic—a rustic bohemia informed by sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyles, Gram Parsons “Cosmic American Music, and the natural beauty of the surrounding High Desert region.

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Right now I’m mainly interested in getting my audience into the field and out of the white box of the museum to experience first-hand my hybrid documentary projects. Currently I am mostly focused on self-guided car audio tours and locative technologies to disseminate the content I produce. Next step is to get them out of the car and walking instead…

Recent Articles
Experiments in Desert Utopic Living
Experiments in Desert Utopic Living
A new found interest by artist groups has brought attention to bygone Mojave desert "utopias" Llano del Rio and Lanfair Valley.
Land Speeding at El Mirage: Mojave Playa Interventions P.3
Land Speeding at El Mirage: Mojave Playa Interventions P.3
Since the 1920s, gearheads and hot rodders have flocked to the flat alkali playas of the western Mojave Desert, setting land speed records that continue to be pushed today.
The End of the World: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part I
The End of the World: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part I
Desert playas, considered to be the flattest naturally occurring geographic feature on Earth, offer unique physical features that continue to inspire the human imagination.
The King Clone Creosote
The King Clone Creosote
Considered to be among the planet's most ancient organisms, the King Clone Creosote may hold the key to understanding the desert and its secrets.
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
British architectural historian/critic Reyner Banham had a thing about deserts --specifically those of the American Southwest and, in particular, the Mojave Desert.
Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of Home
Spectacular Subdivision: The Art of Home
What does housing mean to artists in relation to their practice? Forty artists addressed the topic in Spectacular Subdivision, a group of site-specific artist projects in the desert.
Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain
Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain
People made pilgrimages from all other the globe to view Salvation Mountain, and more importantly, visit with its creator, Leonard Knight, who died this month at 82.
Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture
Of Earth and Domes: Hesperia's Cal-Earth Sustainable Architecture
The California Institute of Earth Architecture hopes their Superadobe construction technique may be applied to more traditional contemporary homes found throughout SoCal suburbs.
Aqueduct Futures: Revisioning the Los Angeles Aqueduct Infrastructure
Aqueduct Futures: Revisioning the Los Angeles Aqueduct Infrastructure
"Aqueduct Futures," a public exhibit that was on display at L.A. City Hall, addressed the future of the L.A. Aqueduct.
High Desert Test Sites: Free Range Art In Joshua Tree
High Desert Test Sites: Free Range Art In Joshua Tree
High Desert Test Sites is an experimental forum for merging contemporary art and life at large outside of preexisting cultural centers.
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