Annie Buckley is an associate professor of Visual Studies in the Department of Art at California State University, San Bernardino, and the founding director of Community-based Art and the Prison Arts Collective, an initiative in which students, alumni, and faculty co-facilitate arts programming in the local region at sites that would not otherwise have access to the arts, including three state prisons. She has been awarded multiple internal and external grants and contracts for this work totaling more than $2 million from the California Arts Council Arts-in-Corrections project, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Innovative Programming Grants, and an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Buckley has been a practicing artist, writer, curator, and educator with an emphasis on art and social justice for 25 years. Her work embraces image, text, and social practice and has been included in public and gallery exhibitions. Recent works include the participatory project, “Pollinating Kindness” and the multidisciplinary work, “The People’s Tarot” which was featured in an exhibition at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center as part of Miami Basel 2015. She is the curator of the traveling exhibition, “Bridging Homeboy Industries” and the co-founder and co-editor of the online publication, “Radical Actions: From Teaching Artists to Social Practice.”
Annie is the author of numerous books for youth, including the popular Kids Yoga Deck (Chronicle Books) and books for school and library publications on topics including social issues such as homelessness and racism and on the arts. She has also published three works of fiction as part of collaborative multidisciplinary art projects. Her writing about contemporary art has been published since 2005 in Artforum, Art & Education, Art in America, Artillery, the Huffington Post, and KCET Artbound, and she is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she writes about art and culture, including the series, “Art Inside.”
Buckley received a BA with Honors from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. She holds a California Teaching Credential with specialization in Bilingual/Bicultural (English/Spanish) and Art Education and is a certified yoga teacher. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their cats.