crystal am nelson

crystal am nelson is an artist, writer and curator who splits her time between California and the East Coast. She received her MFA in photography from SFAI and has exhibited widely, throughout the U.S. and abroad. Also, nelson has held several residencies, including the Visions from the New California Fellowship residency at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, Emmanuel College in Boston, Fieldwork Marfa in Marfa, TX, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Upstate New York. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Art Practical, and Identity Theory, among other places. She has curated and organized various events/projects at the Diego Rivera Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Queen's Nails Annex in San Francisco and David Castillo Gallery in Miami. Currently, nelson is co-editing, with Kara Q. Smith, a book of collected essays on cultural bias, contemporary art writing and criticism; working on a book about South African photographer Zanele Muholi; and organizing an exhibition in Marfa, TX under apexart's Franchise Program. In fall 2013, she will begin her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Visual Culture Program at U.C. Santa Cruz.

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