Christina Seely

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

Christina Seely is an artist and educator whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in humans’ contemporary relationship to nature and time, Seely’s expedition based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the natural world. 

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Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in many public and private collections including; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The West Collection and The Walker Art Center. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Lightwork, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program, and a recipient of a year long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco. She received a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and her first monograph Lux, was co-published in 2015 by Radius Books and the Museum of Contemporary Photography and her exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through An Artist’s Lens opened at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in December 2016.

She received a BA from Carleton College, an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and is an Assistant Professor in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College in Hanover NH. 

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Personal Website
Black Family Arts Center #305
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Studio Art
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
BA, Carleton College
MFA, Rhode Island College

Speaking Engagements

LECTURE: Terra Systema - Christina Seely,  Gary Metz Lecture Series, Photography Graduate Program, Rhode Island School of Design, April 26th, 2017, 7pm

LECTURE: Draw of Darkness, preformative lecture, Madison University, Art Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Madison, WI / April 27th, 2016, 4:30pm

GUEST SPEAKER: Draw of Darkness, preformative lecture, Ryerson University, Inventions of Light Conference, February 24-26, 2016

LECTURE : Changing Time: An Artistic Inquiry into Climate Change,  in conjunction with the Carleton College exhibition of Markers of Time. Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 pm, in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema at Carleton College, Northfield MN


SOLO: Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through The Artist's Lens, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge MA, December 17, 2016 - June 6, 2017

GROUP: (Infra)structure: complex, below and further on, Lannan Foundation Gallery, July 16 – August 29, 2016

GROUP: The Hour of Land - Exhibition of photography in correlation with curation of images included in new book, The Hour of Land. by Terry Tempest Williams, Euqinom Projects, San Francisco, CA, May 18 – July 9, 2016

SOLO: Christina Seely: Momentum, Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2015

TWO PERSON: Speed of Light: Christina Seely and Lisa Blatt, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA, 2015

SOLO: 2014 Markers of Time,  Pearlman Center for Teaching and Learning, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 

GROUP: 2013  Staking Claim: A California Invitational,  The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

GROUP: 2013  Reality Check, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA 

GROUP: 2013 Climate of Uncertainty,  De Paul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

GROUP: 2012 Helsinki Photography Biennial,  Helsinki, Finland

GROUP: 2011 Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age,  Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands

GROUP: 2011 Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment,  New Mexico Museum of Art,Santa Fe, NM     

SOLO: 2010  SF City Hall, North Light Court Exhibition: Lux (year long installation),  San Francisco Arts Commission, SF, CA

GROUP: 2010 Photography Now 2010: New Docugraphics,  The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY 

GROUP: 2010 FotoFest Biennial Exhibitions: Road to Nowhere,  FotoFest at Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX 

GROUP: 2009 The Edge of Intent,  The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL 


2016 Artist in Residence, LIGHTWORK, Syracuse NY, March 2016

2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship,  Washington DC/Boston MA 

2011 Artist in Resident, Headlands Center for the Arts,  Marin Headlands, CA

2010 The Arctic Circle Program Participant,  International Territory, Svalbard 

2009 MacDowell Colony Fellow, Petersborough, NH



PRESS: Mourning Extinction with a Museum's Animal Artifacts by Alison Meier, March 2017

PRESS: Drawing The Eye of Extiction - by  Alvin Powell, Harvard Gazette, Jan 2017

OP-ED: Lost in Space: Reclaiming Awe in the Age of Social Media -by  Christina Seely, Pacific Standard, July 2016

MONOGRAPH: (2015)  Lux . Christina Seely .  Co-published by Radius Books + The Museum of Contemporary Photography

PRESS: Artist Christina Seely Digs Into Climate Change - By Ethan Murrow (Huffington Post) (2013)

CATALOG: Staking Claim: A California Invitational,  Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego (2013)

CATALOG: Earth Now: American Photographers and the Environment,  Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, NM

PRESS: Lunar Lights By Karen Steen, Metropolis Magazine, May 2007 (Civil Twilght Design Collective's Lunar Resonant Streetlights) 

The John Sloan Dickey Center