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Chris Balaschak: Faculty and Staff

Dr. Chris Balaschak
Associate Professor


Art & Design

Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

  • 2017    International Conference of Word and Image Studies, Lausanne
  • 2017   Participant in seminar "Landscape and Identity in Britain and the United States," Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
  • 2017    Panel participant, “State of of the Art: Pedagogy Laboratory”, College Art Association, New York
  • 2016    “Proving Grounds: Artists’ Books in the Wake of Three Mile Island,”chapter in Conflict, Identity and Protest in American Art (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
  • 2016    “The Slavic Court: Lewis Hine and Informal Urbanism in Homestead,” chapter in Paper Cities: Urban Portraits in Photographic Books (Leuven: Leuven University Press)
  • 2014    International Conference on Urban History, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2013    Flagler College Ideas & Images Series. Paper: “Horses Running Endlessly: Modern Art and Chess"
  • 2012    “Planet of the Apes: John Szarkowski, My Lai, and The Animals,” Art Journal (Fall)
  • 2011 “New Worlds: Lewis Baltz and a Geography of Aesthetic Decisions” in Reconsidering the New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California by Lewis Baltz, 1974 (Berlin: Sternberg Press)
  • 2010    “Between Sequence and Seriality: Landscape photography and its historiography in Anonyme Skulpturen,” Photographies, v. 3, n. 1         

Professional Profile:

Professor Balaschak received his doctoral degree in 2010 from the Ph.D. program in Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine, an M.F.A. from Art Center, and his B.A. from New York University. Dr. Balaschak specializes in the history of photography, contemporary art and visual culture. His research is focused on how photography negotiates the politics of place, and his current project looks at the use of documentary photography to frame issues of environmental justice in the United States.

Teaching and Related Service:

Courses Taught:

  • Art History II
  • Art History III
  • Visual Culture
  • History of Photography
  • European Modernism I (1840-1907) & II (1907-1940)
  • Art History IV: Special Topics

Previously taught at:

  •  California State University, Long Beach
  •  University of California, Irvine