Buckley's multidisciplinary practice embraces digital media, photography, collage, fiction, criticism, curation, and collaborative, participatory, and community-based art with an emphasis on art and social justice. She is the author of two books of fiction, several non-fiction books for youth on topics including racism, homelessness, and the arts, and over 200 articles, reviews, and essays in publications including Artforum, Art in America, The Huffington Post, Artillery, and KCET Artbound.
Annie is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she was previously the Art Editor, was Editor-in-Chief of Artweek from 2007-8, and has done developmental editing for educational publications. She the curator of the traveling exhibition, "Bridging Homeboy Industries", featuring works by three artists associated with the acclaimed gang intervention program in Los Angeles.
Buckley's work has been included in solo exhibitions at Carl Berg Gallery and Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles and at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center of Florida as part of Miami Basel 2014. Her work was part of a large two-person exhibition at the Los Angeles International Airport and she recently completed a new edition of prints from her project, "Hybrids", with De Soto Gallery in Venice, CA.
Buckley is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at California State University,
San Bernardino, where she is also the Founding Director of Community-based Art, an iniative in which students, alumni, and volunteers facilitate art at underserved sites that otherwise no access to art, and the Prison Arts Collective, dedicated to facilitating art in prisons. She teaches in the MFA program and oversees the Visual Studies major including teaching Art Education and Contemporary Art History and Theory.
Buckley taught at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Teacher Education Program for seven years, at LA Valley College for two semesters, and began as a bilingual teacher for LA Unified for seven years. Buckley received a BA with
academic honors from UC Berkeley in 1990 and an MFA from
Otis College of Art and Design in 2003. She holds a California Teaching Credential with specializations in Art Education and Bilingual/Bicultural (Spanish/English) Education and is a certified yoga instructor.