Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer based in Chicago, IL. She has participated in artist residencies and incubators at the Chicago Artists Coalition and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Elsewhere: A Living Museum, Greensboro, NC; and ACRE, WI. She is a Visual Arts Fellow of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.
Her work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and abroad including Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography; West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival; Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota; Grey Projects, Tiong Bahru, Singapore; Nối Projects, Hanoi, Vietnam; Johalla Projects, Tritriangle, Comfort Station, Woman Made Gallery, The Nightingale Cinema, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Roman Susan, and LVL3, Chicago, IL.
Her writing has been published in Leonardo Journal (MIT Press), the International Awards in Art Criticism (IAAC) compendium (The Royal College of Art), and MU TXT (MU Art Space, Eindhoven), and presented at SIGGRAPH 2014-2015, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at the UCSB, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. In 2016 she was a participating artist and researcher at the Anthropocene Campus at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin and a Visiting Tutor at the Dutch Art Institute and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. In addition to her art practice, she has curated several exhibitions focusing on film, video, and new media art, including Code/Switch at Woman Made Gallery, Freeze Frame: Artists’ Books and the Moving Image at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and [History] Under Construction at Gallery X, Chicago, IL.
She currently holds the position of Manager of Library Special Collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she curates exhibitions, lectures, and mentors students in the history, theory, and creation of artists’ publications. In her spare time, she organizes a monthly critique group for feminine spectrum media artists called Media Grrrl Chicago.She received her BFA in Fiber & Material Studies and Film, Video & New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and her BA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014.