Annie Buckley is an artist, writer, and curator with an emphasis on art and social justice. She is the Director of the School of Art + Design at San Diego State University and the founding director of Prison Arts Collective. Her work has been presented internationally and recognized by state legislators and community and university colleagues. She has received grants to support the PAC from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowmnent for the Arts.
Annie is the author of more than 200 published essays and reviews on contemporary art and culture and is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she writes the series, “Art Inside”exploring her work in Arts in Corrections. She is the author of three works of fiction and numerous children's book, including the Kids Yoga Deck. Her writing about contemporary art has been published by numerous publications, including Artforum.com, Art in America, Make Magazine, KCET Artbound, and the Huffington Post.
Annie's work embraces image, text, and social practice and has been included in public and gallery exhibitions, including at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center as part of Miami Basel 2014, Los Angeles International Airport, Carl Berg Gallery, Jancar Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, and many others. Annie has presented her art and participatory research at many conferences including in Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Wellesley, MA, and internationally in Antwerp, Belgium and Dublin, Ireland.
In January 2019, Annie and members of the Prison Arts Collective were honored with a Recognition in the State Senate by by Senator Jim Beall. That same year, she was named Outstanding Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, where she taught for eight years. Annie was the recipient of the inaugural CSUSB Community Engaged Scholar Award in 2018 and the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters Outstanding Faculty in Service and First Place in the first university-wide Innovative Teaching Contest in 2015.
Annie is a graduate of Immaculate Heart High School and earned a BA with Academic Honors from UC Berkeley in 1990 and a Masters in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in 2003.