Claudia X. Valdes

Associate Professor, Experimental Art + Technology

Claudia X. Valdes is an intermedia artist concerned primarily with issues of time, trauma, memory, perception and embodiment. She was born in Santiago, Chile. Her family moved to the United States when she was 3 years old. Her undergraduate studies included architecture, modern dance and fine arts. She received a B.A. in Dramatic Art/Dance and a B.A. in Art Practice from UC Berkeley, and received her M.F.A. from UC Berkeley in 2001.
Valdes’ work has exhibited internationally including at venues such as: the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; WRO Center for Media Art, Wroclaw, Poland; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland; the UCR/California Museum of Photography; Centro Multimedia/Centro National de las Artes, Mexico; the Werkstätten und Kulturhaus, Austria; the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Charles B. Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook; Exit Art, NY; Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany; San Francisco Art Institute/Walter McBean Gallery; and the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano, Santiago, Chile. In 2009, a 5,000 ft2 solo retrospective, entitled TEN MILLION DEGREES, was organized at Lawrimore Project in Seattle, WA.
Recent creative awards include a 2008 Scholarship from the Santa Fe Art Institute; a 2007 Artist Grant from the Puffin Foundation; Honorable Mention at the 2006 Transmediale festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, Germany; and a 2006 Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Valdes recieved the Eisner Prize in Art from UC Berkeley in 2001, and was an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts from 2001-2003.
She developed and taught digital media art courses at UC Berkeley, the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington, Seattle, UC Santa Cruz, and at Mills College and Stanford University as a Visiting Artist. Academic honors include a Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities faculty appointment within the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.
Valdes is Associate Professor of Experimental Art + Technology at the University of New Mexico. Between 2006-07 she was Associate Director of the Arts Technology Center within the College of Fine Arts at UNM. Between 2007-2009 she was also Associate Director of UNM’s university-wide interdisciplinary research center, ARTS Lab (The Art, Research, Technology & Science Laboratory).