Christina Seely

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Studio Art

Christina Seely is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design, sound and architecture and culminates in a range of visual and collaborative translations.  She has a broad national and international exhibition record 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 in California, and Lightwork in Syracuse, NY, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program (Svalbard Territory), as well as a recipient of a year long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco. She received a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, her first monograph Lux, was co-published in 2015 by Radius Books and the Museum of Contemporary Photography and she was a 2017 recipient of the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship. Her exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through An Artist’s Lens opened at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in 2017 which led with related research to a 2020 Environmental Humanities Fellowship at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. 

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Visual Arts Center, Room 305
HB 6081


Studio Art


The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding


  • BA, Carleton College
  • MFA, Rhode Island College


SOLO: Christina Seely - Dissonance, Jaffe Friede + Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2020

SOLO: Christina Seely - Perdita. In Finding(s), Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2019

GROUP: Innovative Vision, Photographic Center North West, Seattle, WA, 2019

GROUP: IN VIVO tempo, Noorderlicht House of Photography, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2019

GROUP: Altering Nature: Pictures of a Changing Environment, Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2019

GROUP: Insights, PhotoFairSF, Fort Mason Pavilion, San Francisco, CA, 2018

SOLO: Christina Seely: Terra Systema, Euqinom Projects, San Francisco, CA, 2017   

GROUP:  Re:collection, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, 2017 

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 



2020 Environmental Humanities Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, Scotland 

2017 John Guttman Fellowship in Photography 

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



PAPER PRESENTATION: Next of Kin: The Extinction Crisis and Loss of the Real in A Synthetic Age, as part of the Art and The Anthropocene Conference in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Humanities at Trinity College. Dublin, Ireland, June 2019

SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANT, Imagining the Landscape of Retreat, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge MA. 2018                 

ARTIST LECTURE, Sidore Lecture Series, Keene State University, NH, 2018  

Symposium Participant, Art in the Anthropocene Symposium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 2018  

ARTIST LECTURE, Sacramento State Lecture Series, Sacramento State University, CA, 2018  

ARTIST LECTURE, UC Santa Cruz Lecture Series, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2017

ARTIST LECTURE, Terra Systema. Momentum, Medium Photography Festival, San Diego, CA, 2017  

ARTIST LECTURE,Terra Systema - Christina Seely,  Gary Metz Lecture Series, Photography  Graduate Program, Rhode Island School of Design, April 2017

ARTIST LECTURE, Draw of Darkness, preformative lecture, Madison University, Art Department, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Madison, WI,  April, 2016

GUEST SPEAKER, Draw of Darkness, preformative lecture, Ryerson University, Inventions of Light Conference, February 24-26, 20Artist Lecture, Changing Time: An Artistic Inquiry into Climate Change,  in conjunction with the Carleton College exhibition of Markers of Time, Carleton College, Northfield MN 2014



PRESS: Photo District News, Christina Seely’s “Terra Systema” Contemplates Earth’s Ecological Systems, Conor Risch, 2017

PRESS: Smithsonian Magazine, These Nine Artists Will Help You Understand The Future of The Planet, by Joanna Marsh, 2017

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)