Selena Kimball is a research-based, interdisciplinary visual artist whose work—large-scale collage, installation, film and book projects—examines visual perceptions of history. A native of Maine, Kimball earned her BFA in sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in combined media from Hunter College. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner award, the Jerome Foundation Study and Travel grant, and has been a fellow at both the Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony.
Kimball has had solo exhibitions at Wolfstaedter Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany (2018, 2015, 2013, 2012), The Gallery@1GAP at Richard Meier on Prospect Park (2018), Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York City (2015), and Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland (2012). Kimball was invited as part of a commissioned “silent” sound series that included Sophie Calle at Temple Contemporary curated by Rob Blackson (2012). She has exhibited internationally in group exhibitions at Bates College Museum of Art, Maine (2014), 33 Orchard, New York City (2014), the Katonah Museum of Art, New York (2013), Feature, Inc., New York City (2011, 2013), The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri (2012), The Portland Museum of Art, Maine (2012) Eastern Bloc Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art, Montreal, Canada (2011), Participant, New York City (2011), Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City (2009). Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Frankfurter Zeitung, and The New York Observer. She is represented by Wolfstaedter Gallery, Frankfurt Germany.
In addition to solo work, Kimball has engaged two different long-term collaborations. Shortly after graduating from RISD in 2007, Kimball began to collaborate on book projects with the Polish writer and art historian Agnieszka Taborska. Their first was the collage novel The Dreaming Life of Leonora de La Cruz (editions include: Gdansk 2004/ reprinted in 2013, slowo/obraz teryrtoria; New York 2007, Midmarch Arts Press; Paris 2007, Édition Interférences; Mexico City, Auieo Ediciones 2014) and their most recent book “The Unfinished Life of Phoebe Hicks” received the Stanislaus Roskam PTKW award for “the most beautiful book of the year”. It was published by slowo/obraz teryrtoria, Gdansk, Poland in October of 2013.. Exhibitions of the collages from this collaboration have been mounted at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2001), Krytyków Pokaz Gallery, Warsaw (2004), and Szara Kamienica Gallery, Krakow (2013).
Kimball’s transdisciplinary collaboration with the visual anthropologist Alyssa Grossman comes out of a mutual interest in history, memory and the everyday. Their work has been shown internationally over the last two decades, with screenings and installations at the Museum Hat Valkhof, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2014), the National Museum of Estonia, Tartu (2013), the Arkipel International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival, Indonesia (2013), The Future Perfect Gallery, Singapore (2013), Worldfilm Festival of Visual Culture, Estonia (2013), The 6th Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok (2012) and the Festival of Visual Anthropology, Poland (2012), among others. They are currently working on a project with the Gothenburg Museum of World Culture Archives in Sweden.
Selena Kimball lives and works in Maine and New York City. She is co-founder and co-director, with Pascal Glissmann, of the Observational Practices Lab at Parsons, the New School, where she is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art Practice.