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Mills College, Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art


University of California, Davis, Bachelor of Arts, History


Solo and Two-Person Shows


Windows, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA


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

Animated, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA

Revolving Doors, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA


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


In Stereo, Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Passing, Disjecta, Portland, OR


Eidolons, Highlight Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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


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

Selected Group Shows


Weather, D-Museum, Seoul, Korea

Lightplay, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA


Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Your Mind, This Moment, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA


Lightopia, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, Mexico

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


Transparencies, Agua8, Lugano, Switzerland

Lightopia, Design Museum Gent, Ghent, Belgium

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


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


Proceed, CR10, Linlithgo, NY

NADA Hudson, Hudson, NY

DocumentO, Krowswork, Oakland, CA     

3020 Laguna Street In Exitum, San Francisco, CA


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


(…), 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


Bob Miller’s Light Walk, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA


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


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


The Magic Lantern, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

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


From Picture to Room, KALA, Berkeley, CA


Light Projection Lab, tête, Berlin, Germany


Public Commissions


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



Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence, Sausalito, CA


Awagami Artist in Residence Program, Yoshinogawa, Japan


Eureka Fellowship, The Fleishhacker Foundation

Montalvo Arts Center, Irvine Fellow, Saratoga, CA


Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA

A1 Travel Grant

KALA Fellowship, Berkeley, CA


Real Time and Space Residency, Oakland, CA


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

The Jay DeFeo Prize



Pendarvis Harshaw, Rightnowish: Stepping Inside Chris Fraser's Pinhole Camera, KQED, March 29


W Magazine Korea, How is Your Weather Today?, June 2


Eureka at Thirty Years: Fleishhacker Foundation Artist Fellowships. San Francisco: Fleishhacker Foundation 


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

Liz Glass, Home Makers, ArtSlant, February 15


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

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

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

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


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,, May 12



LASER, UC Davis, Artist Talk


Living Room Light Exchange, Artist Talk

Awa Washi Kaikan, Artist Talk          

UC Santa Barbara, Visiting Artist


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


Montalvo Arts Center, Artist Talk


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


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


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


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Jose Museum of Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


Mills College, Oakland, CA, Assistant Adjunct Professor, 2014-present

The Artist Using Photography (Fall and Spring 2018)

Contemporary Photo Practice III (Fall and Spring 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)

Graduate Seminar (Fall 2017; Spring 2016)

Contemporary Photo Practice I (Fall 2016, 2015, 2014)

California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, Adjunct Faculty, 2015

Studio Topics in Photography (Spring 2015)

Sierra College, Rocklin, CA, Adjunct Faculty, 2005-2015

Introduction to Black & White Photography (Spring 2015 – Fall 2005)

Autobiographical Photography (Spring 2015, 2014, 2013)

Pinhole Photography (Spring 2015, 2011, 2007, 2006)

Intermediate Black & White Photography (Fall and Spring 2014; Fall 2012, 2010, 2008; Spring 2007; Fall 2006)

Introduction to Digital Imaging (Summer 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

History and Aesthetics of Photography (Spring 2012)