Tyler Stallings is a writer and curator living in southern California. His style is a collision between academic scholarship, popular culture, and science-fictional speculation in his curatorial and writing projects. Hewas born and raised in the southeast before moving to southern California in 1990 to pursue his MFA, which he received in 1992. Subsequently, he exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally, before devoting his projects to curatorial and writing project. He has edited books and authored several articles with a variety of publishers focusing on artists who are highly engaged with their political, social, and ecological environments. His also writes personal, lyrical, creative nonfiction essays.Stallings has organized over 50 contemporary art exhibitions, while workingas a director and chief curator at private, city, and university, non-profit museums in southern California, including the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. (1991-1995), as director of programs at Huntington Beach Art Center (1996-1999), as chief curator at Laguna Art Museum (1999-2006), as artistic director at the Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts & director at Jack & Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery, both at University of California, Riverside (2007-2017), and he is currently the director at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College, where has been since 2018. Type your paragraph here.


Tyler Stallings’ curatorial work focuses on political, social, and popular culture themes through the arts. Currently, he is director of Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion. Most recently, he was at University of California, Riverside. During his eleven-year tenure at UCR ARTSblock, since 2006, he served as Director of the Sweeney Art Gallery, Artistic Director of the Culver Arts Center and Interim Executive Director of ARTSblock (which also included the California Museum of Photography as part of the three-venue consortium). He was chief curator at Laguna Art Museum from 1999 to 2006. For UCR ARTSblock, he curated or co-curated: Absurd Recreation: Contemporary Art from China(2008), Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture (2008), Mapping the Desert/Deserting the Map: An Interdisciplinary Response (2009), Intelligent Design: Interspecies Art (2009), Your Donations Do Our Work: Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy(2009), The Great Picture: The World’s Largest Photograph & the Legacy Project (2011), Margarita Cabrera: Puslo y Martillo (Pulse and Hammer) (2011), Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna's Photographs of the Mexican Revolution (2012), Lewis deSoto & Erin Neff: Tahquitz (2012), Free Enterprise: The Art of Citizen Space Exploration (2013), and Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas (2017), and others. Mundos Alternos received two major grants from The Getty Foundation as part of its Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Other notable exhibitions at other venues include CLASS: C presents Ruben Ochoa and Marco Rios: Rigor Motors (2004), Whiteness, A Wayward Construction (2003), Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing (2002), Desmothernismo: Ruben Ortiz Torres (1998), and Kara Walker: African’t (1997). Many of these exhibitions have been accompanied by books. Current ARTSblock exhibitions in2018 that he has curated include Yunhee Min & Peter Tolkin: Red Carpet in C, and Painting Architecture. Recent exhibitions at The Doyle that he has curated include Amy Elkins: Photographs of Contemporary Masculinity and Stargazers: Intersections of Contemporary Art and Astronomy. He is also the co-editor of the anthology, Uncontrollable Bodies: Testimonies of Identity and Culture(Seattle: Bay Press, 1994), and has been a columnist for KCET-TV’s Artbound program. His most recent book of essays is Aridtopia: Essays on Art & Culture from Deserts in the Southwest United States (Blue West Books, 2014).

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Profile Articles

2013, Press Enterprise
2008, KCET
2005, L.A. Weekly
2005, Laguna Life & People
2004, Riviera
2001, OC Weekly
2001, Flaunt
1999, New Times Los Angeles