Kim Anno was born in Los Angeles, California and lives currently in Berkeley, Calif. She is a painter, photographer and video artist. Much of her work is influenced by the shifting environment in the face of climate change. Her work is marked by a sense of visceral and sensual color both in the painting, photography and video. Anno is also passionately devoted to expanding the function of art in society. In 2009 she had two solo exhibits, one a retrospective at King’s Art Center in Hanford, California, and the other at Patricia Sweetow gallery in San Francisco. In 2010 she had a solo exhibit at Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta. Also this year she has shown her video at the 2010 Site Santa Fe Biennale, The Berkeley Art Center, the Bedford Gallery, and Launch pad Brooklyn in New York. She has exhibited her work at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Varnosi Museum in Hungary, Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, New York, the Zaloren Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, Patricia Correia Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery 128 New York, NY, The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Calif., The Hyde Collection, N.Y., Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and Obudai Galeria, Budapest, Hungary as well as the Embassador’s Estate in KualaLampur, and Qatar (Artists in Embassies Program; the Mead Museum, the Bennington Museum among others. In 2003 she published The Mirror of Simple Souls, an artists’ book in collaboration with Anne Carson at One Crow Press at St. Benedict’s/St. John’s University in Minnesota. In 2006, the Getty Research Institute acquired the book as did Columbia University. Anno’s work is included in museum collections nationally and internationally, such as SFMOMA, the Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Oakland Museum, among others. Currently, she is a professor and chair of painting at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
She has received a 2002 Fleischhaker Award from the Eureka Foundation, 2001 Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Honolulu Academy of Art Museum. Anno has also received the Western States Regional/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Work Fund grant of the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellowship at Yaddo for her collaboration with Anne Carson, the Flintridge Foundation Fellowship at Djerassi Foundation, several California Arts Council Grants, a San Francisco Arts Commission Fellowship, and a City of Oakland public art commission.
Currently, she is a Professor of Art at California College of the Arts.