ALL: Master Collection List



Kim Abeles



Artist Dates

b. 1952


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Date of Work



Archival Digital print on LexJet paper

Edition #



Lower Right






Art & Design Study Collection


On display: Second floor


Memorial Union

Artist Bio

Kim Abeles is an artist who crosses disciplines and media to explore and map the urban environment and chronicle broad social issues. The Smog Collector series brought her work to national and international attention in the art world, and mainstream sources such as Newsweek, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, and the Wall Street Journal.

A mid-career survey curated by Karen Moss and sponsored by the Fellows of Contemporary Art for the Santa Monica Museum was named Kim Abeles: Encyclopedia Persona A-Z. This survey toured the United States and South America and was awarded the Best Regional Museum Show category for 1993-94 by the International Association of Art Critics. She continues to exhibit internationally, including recent projects in Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, England, and China.

Additional Information

Student composed text panel:

Kim Abeles (American, b. 1952)
Shared Skies, 2014 (2 sets of 3 for opposite walls)
Archival digital print on LexJet paper
UND Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
Produced at UND through Sundog Multiples with funding from the Myers Foundations.

Kim Abeles is a photographer and artist. Many of her works are related to social issues that explore geography, feminism, and environmentalism. She mixes different media to explore the relationship between urbanism and social issues. The Shared Skies prints were created as part of the Binary Inventions portfolio, which was produced for and exhibited during the 2012 University of North Dakota Arts & Culture Conference.

Shared Skies reminds us that we all live under the same sky. Even if the photos were taken thousands of miles apart, it is the same sky that connects us as all as humans to each other.

Portions of 13 different photos of the sky.

Binary Inventions was produced for and exhibited during Binary Inventions: the 2012 University of North Dakota Arts & Culture Conference. The exhibit ran from October 3-25, 2012, at the Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The artists were invited to approach the theme of Binary Inventions broadly, to consider the digital influence on the things they make art about and the ways they go about making their art. These prints demonstrate a variety of digital approaches and were editioned in a digitally mediated collaboration between the artists’ studios and master printmakers.

The conference, co-directed by Joel Jonientz, Brett Ommen, Kim Fink, and Brian Fricke, benefited from the support of UND’s department of Art & Design, Communication Program, UND Art Collections, and Department of Music. Additional support came from the UND Office of the Provost, the UND College of Arts and Sciences, the Myers Foundation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The portfolio was developed and editioned digitally by UND’s Sundog Multiples and Erik Beehn, former Master Printer at Gemini G.E.L print studios in Los Angeles, California. Sundog Multiples, under the direction of Professor Kim Fink, operates in affiliation with UND’s department of Art & Design to engage students more meaningfully in printmaking processes, to provide collaborative opportunities for students and artists, and to observe professional artists at work.




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