Education

2010             

Mills College, Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art

2000            

University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts, History

 

Solo and Two-Person Shows

2015             

Looking Back, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Animated, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA

Revolving Doors, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2014                       

Perceptual: Chris Fraser and Justin Lowman, Montalvo Project Space Gallery, Saratoga, CA

2013         

In Stereo, Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Passing, Disjecta, Portland, OR

2012        

Eidolons, Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The air around us, Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

2011         

2x2 Solos: Chris Fraser, ProArts, Oakland, CA

 

Selected Group Shows

2016           

Lightopia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico

Lightopia, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

2014           

Transparencies, Agua8, Lugano, Switzerland

Lightopia, Design Museum Gent, Ghent, Belgium

Momentum, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2013                             

All Good Things…, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA

Space 1999, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Lightopia, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Residency Projects, KALA, Berkeley, CA

Personal Structures, 55th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

MFA Selections, di Rosa, Napa, CA

2012                             

Proceed, CR10, Linlithgo, NY

NADA Hudson, Hudson, NY

DocumentO, Krowswork, Oakland, CA     

3020 Laguna Street In Exitum, San Francisco, CA

2011       

Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Darkness and Light, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Lux ex Machina, Krowswork, Oakland, CA

Cream, from the Top, The Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010               

(…), MacArthur b arthur, Oakland, CA

Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art, Wiegand Gallery, Belmont, CA

Between You and Me – Mills College MFA Exhibition, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

 

Performances, Actions, Interventions

2016

Reciprocity, After Dark: Extended Cinemas, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

2015                       

Ashley Bellouin + Ben Bracken + Chris Fraser, Land and Sea, Oakland, CA

2014                             

The Magic Lantern, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Renewals/Returns, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

2013         

From Picture to Room, KALA, Berkeley, CA

2012

Light Projection Lab, tête, Berlin, Germany

 

Public Commissions

2014                        

Light It Up, Margaret T. Hance Park, Phoenix, AZ, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program

 

Awards and Residencies

2014         

Eureka Fellowship, The Fleishhacker Foundation

Montalvo Arts Center, Irvine Fellow, Saratoga, CA

2013         

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA

A1 Travel Grant

KALA Fellowship, Berkeley, CA

2011                

Real Time and Space Residency, Oakland, CA

2010         

Headlands Center for the Arts, Graduate Fellowship, Sausalito, CA

The Jay DeFeo Prize

 

Selected Publications/Press

2016

Anna Yudina, Lumitecture: Illuminating Interiors for Designers & Architects, Thames & Hudson, London

2015           

Francesca Sonara, Chris Fraser, Modern Painters, December

Jonathon Keats, Can Sunlight Change Your Politics? This Chris Fraser Exhibition Will Challenge Your Perceptions, Forbes, October 29

Aaron Harbour, Wendi Norris // Chris Fraser : Animated, Curiously Direct, October 21

Mikka Lautamo, Chris Fraser @ Wendi Norris, Square Cylinder, October 11

Danica Willard Sachs, Animated, Art Practical, September 24

Silke Tudor, Everything is Illuminated, SF Weekly, September

Kimberly Chun, Artist Chris Fraser inspired by chain-link fences, San Francisco Chronicle, September 16

Chris Fraser, Gorky’s Granddaughter, June 15

Artist of the Week: Chris Fraser, LVL3 Media, February 16

Pete Brook, The Walk-In Camera Obscura Plaything that Denounces Gentrification in San Francisco, Prison Photography, January 29

Ruby Beesley, Luminous Transformation, Aesthetica, December/January

2014         

Tom Comitta, SENT, Invisible Venue, April

A Arte De Chris Fraser, L+D Magazine, January/February

An Xiao, Sculptures of Light and Illusion, Hyperallergic, January 22

Mikka Lautamo, Chris Fraser at Highlight, Square Cylinder, January 20

2013                        

Kenneth Baker, Chris Fraser: Making Something Out of Pure Light, SF Gate, December 18

Leora Lutz, “Space 1999” group exhibition at Incline Gallery, San Francisco, SFAQ Online, November 29

Kara Q. Smith, Material Ascension, ArtSlant, November 16

Kenneth Baker, “Space: 1999” at Incline Gallery, San Francisco Chronicle, November 1

Amanda Roscoe Mayo, One Show, One Piece – Chris Fraser, Incline, Mosshouse, October 18

Lightopia, exhibition catalogue, Vitra Design Museum, Mateo Kries and Jolante Kugler, editors.

Aaron Scott, Disjecta’s “In Passing”, Portland Monthly, March 6

Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour, Questionnaire 7 – Chris Fraser, 9th Floor Radio, March 5

John Motley, Chris Fraser at Disjecta, The Oregonian, February 8

Richard Speer, Chris Fraser: In Passing, Willamette Week, February 2

Richard Speer, Chris Fraser, Visual Art Source, January 19

2012                     

Christopher Reiger, The Mystics Downtown, Hungry Hyaena, October 26

Kenneth Baker, Frances Lerner: From Calming to Alarming, San Francisco Chronicle, September 28

Victoria Gannon, Waking Dreams, Art21 Blog, July 10

Nikki Grattan and Klea McKenna, Chris Fraser, In the Make, July

Nikki Grattan and Klea McKenna, The Lightsmith, San Francisco Magazine, July

Theo Konrad Auer, DocumentO at Krowswork, Stretcher, June

Liz Glass, Home Makers, ArtSlant, February 15

Matt Sussman, This Old House, San Francisco Bay Guardian, February 15

2011              

Rachel Clarke, BAN 6 @ YBCA, Square Cylander, August 11

Kenneth Baker, “Bay Area Now 6” at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco Chronicle, July 21

Lea Feinstein, Best of the Bay? Bay Area Now 6, Daily Serving, July 18

Liz Glass, So This is Us..., ArtSlant, July 18

Dorothy R. Santos, On [B]ay [A]rea [N]ow 6 @ the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ZERO1 Blog, July 18

Sarah Hotchkiss, State of the Arts: Bay Area Now 6, KQED Arts, July 12

Mary Smith, Chris Fraser’s light installation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sick of the Radio, July 11

Heide De Vries, Our Epicenter of Creativity, SF Weekly, July 6

DeWitt Cheng, Out and About at Zughaus, Krowswork, and WE Artspace, East Bay Express, April 20

Kija Lucas, Introductions/Introducciones: Chris Fraser, Black Boots Ink, March 22

ProArts 2x2 Solos 2011, Exhibition Catalogue, Essays by Erica Levin and Xiaoyu Weng

2010           

Kenneth Baker, “Afterglow” inspires rethinking, San Francisco Chronicle,    October 7

Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art, Exhibition Catalogue, Wiegand Gallery, Essay by Melissa Feldman

Gareth Spor, Devices & Situations, Taide Design #7, Fall

J.D. Beltran, State of the Artists, City Brights, SFGate.com, May 12

 

Selected Lectures

2016                       

UC Santa Barbara, Visiting Artist

2015                             

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Participatory Architecture, Panel with Larry Busbea and Jonathon Keats

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Visiting Artist

SF Camerawork, In Conversation with Monique Deschaines

2014                             

Montalvo Arts Center, Artist Talk

2013                             

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Artist Talk

Public Glass, Artist Talk

Loop Arts/Et Al., In Conversation with James Sterling Pitt and Dena Beard

KALA, On the performance of vision, Artist Talk

Disjecta, Artist Talk

2012                             

Highlight Gallery, In Conversation with Catherine Wagner

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, Artist Talk

Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist Talk

Real Time and Space, Artist Talk

2011                     

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Everyday Optics, Push/Play, Artist Talk

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Art Moment, Artist Talk

ProArts, Artist Talk

 

Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Jose Museum of Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

 

Teaching Experience

2014-15                 

Visiting Artist, Mills College

Oakland, CA

Classes taught: Contemporary Photo Concerns I and III

 

2015                     

Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Class taught: Studio Topics in Photography (The Vision Machine)

 

2005-15            

Adjunct Faculty, Sierra College

Rocklin, CA

Classes taught: Introduction to Black and White Photography; Intermediate Black and White Photography; History and Aesthetics of Photography; Introduction to Digital Imaging; Pinhole Photography; Autobiographical Photography