Kristen Pless

Kristen Pless photographs landscapes, combining historic and contemporary processes to create her own sense of ethereal space. Pless' work has been exhibited nationally.

kristenpless@gmail.com

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Pless received her BA from Montana State University and received her MFA in photography from San Francisco Art Institute in May 2007. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She lives and makes her work near Duluth, MN and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

EDUCATION

2007 M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2004 B.A. Montana State University, May 2004, with Honors

 

Area of Specialization: Photography

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, DULUTH  

2009-PRESENT Assistant Professor, Art & Design Department: Photography Area

Courses taught: Introduction to Photography, Freshman Seminar: Fundamentals of Photography, Inventing with Light, 2D Digital Design, Intro to Art, Senior Seminar I, UMD Seminar-Intro to College Learning, Independent Study of Photography, Senior Exhibition Mentor

 

ART INSTITUTE OF BOSTON- LESLEY

2012 Mentor for MFA- Low-Residency Program  

 

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE

2007 Teaching Assistant, Photogravure with Daria Sywulak

2006 Teaching Assistant, Nevada Landscape Photography with Jack Fulton

 

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

2004 Teaching Assistant, Color Photography with John Hooton

2001-2004 Teaching Assistant, Intro to Photography

 

EXHIBITIONS(* Solo)

2016 *Monarchs: Photographs from the Reserves

            Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery, Duluth MN

2015 *Selected works, b.shannon design gallery, Winterset IA

2014   What we do, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth MN

         *The Space Around You, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN

2012   Instant Love, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN

2010 *TPTP, Temporary Public Art Installation, Duluth MN

2009  Great Lake Aquarium. Duluth MN

          Marine Museum, Duluth MN

2007  Mezzanine, San Francisco CA

          Mexican Consulate, San Francisco CA

          Fort Mason Center, San Francisco CA

2006  Evoke Gallery, St. Paul, MN

         *Stillights Gallery, San Francisco, CA

         *Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

          Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco CA

          Swell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2005 *Thinkers, San Francisco, CA

2004  SOB, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

          Cheever Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman MT

          Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, MT

2003  The Baxter, Bozeman, MT

           Haynes Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman MT

2002 *Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT

2001 *Redwood Falls Public Library, Redwood Falls, MN

 

COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

2014 Bostick & Sullivan, 21 platinum 8x8” artist proofs

2014 Photographic commission, Essentia Health-Orthpedic Wing

2013 Photographic commission, Essentia Health-Orthopedic Wing

2012 Photographic commission, Essentia Health-Orthopedic Wing

2008-2014 Permanent photographic & graphic Installations, Duluth Heritage Sports Center

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2010 Arrow Head Regional Arts Council, Twin Port Temporary Public Grant

2008 Emerging Artist Fellowship, McKnight Foundation

2007 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, San Francisco Art Institute

2006 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, San Francisco Art Institute

2006 Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

2005 Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

2001 National Society of Collegiate Scholars

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007-2008 True North Color Lab

2006 Production Assistant, PBS

2005-2007 Executive Assistant, Santoki Productions

2004-2005 Photography Lab Manager, Tersteegs, Inc.

2003 Photographer’s assistant, Wilke photographic

 

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS/PRODUCTIONS

2014 KUMD- Radio Gallery

2010 Northland’s News Center, evening news

2010 Duluth Hillsider

2010 Duluth News Tribune

2009 Northland’s New Center, evening news

2008, 2007 MSNBC

2007 NBC Today Show