Education

2014     MFA, San Jose State University, Photography, San Jose, CA

2004     BFA, The University of the Arts, Photography, Philadelphia, PA

 

Group Exhibitions

2015     Wunderkammer, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

           Peak Salvation, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

           Glitter Bomb, National Queer Arts Festival : Connections, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA 

           #MUFATRAFOM (Modern Urban Follies and the Rise (and Fall) of Man), Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA

           MB3, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2014     Lift Off, The Art Ark, San Jose, CA

           MFA Showcase, Gallery 3, San Jose, CA

2013     Residues of Time, Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA

           Tango and the Modern Nude, The Art Ark, San Jose, CA

2012     San Jose MFA, Gavilan College Gallery, Gilroy, CA

           Stark, Gallery 3, San Jose, CA

2010     East Bay Open Studios, 23HAM, Berkeley, CA

           Meet Artist Manifest Autonomy (MAMA), 23HAM, Berkeley, CA

           Something Personal, GALLERY 645, San Francisco, CA

2009     Something Personal, LEFTSPACE, San Francisco, CA

2004     Thesis Exhibit, The Ice Box, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

            Selected Work, Café Ishmeir, Philadelphia, PA

2003     Methods of Interface + Control, Rack & Hamper Gallery, New York, NY

           Student Work, SPE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Ewing, NJ

           Photography Survey, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2002     Recent Work, Sol Mednick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2014     SEX, Theta Belcher Gallery, San Jose, CA, photography installation

2013     V&V, John Pickelle Gallery, San Jose, CA, photography installation

           Two Years, Gallery 8, San Jose, CA, photography and sound installation

2012    Tempus, John Pickelle Gallery, San Jose, CA, anthotype and mixed media installation

           Tempus Anima Rei, Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose, CA, anthotype and mixed media installation

           The Uncharted, Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose, CA, photography and video installation

 

Collaborative Projects

2013     Dream, Black Gallery, San Jose, CA (with Scotty Gorham)

            Wall: RED, Black Gallery, San Jose, CA (with Scotty Gorham)

2012     The Pallet of Penguins, Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library, San Jose, CA (with Scotty Gorham)

            Free, Gallery 3, San Jose, CA (with Scotty Gorham and Devon McKnight)

           The Pallet of Penguins, Gallery 3, San Jose, CA (with Scotty Gorham)

2011     In the Forest, The Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA (with 23HAM)

 

Curatorial Experience

2015     Wunderkammer, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

           Opal Moon Fauna, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

           Urban Fodder / Rural Encounters, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2013     Six, Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose, CA (co-curated with Elizabeth Torrance)

2012     Stark, Gallery 3, San Jose, CA (co-curated) 

2010     Meet Artist Manifest Autonomy (MAMA), 23HAM, Berkeley, CA (co-curated)

 

Professional Experience

2004 – Present   Artist / Photographer, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

2007 – Present   Retouching Artist / Owner, Giffen Digital, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

2014 – 2015       Curator and Gallery Associate, Art Thou Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2014 – 2015       Lecturer, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA - Beginning Photography

2013 – 2014       Graduate Assistant, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2013 – 2014       Photo Lab Assistant, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2012 – 2013       Teaching Associate, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA - Intermediate Digital Imaging

2011 – 2012       Teaching Assistant, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA - Intermediate Digital Imaging

2010 – 2011       Teaching Assistant, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA - Digital Photo I & Digital Printmaking for                           Photographers

2010 – 2011       Digital Print Lab Technician, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA

2005 – 2007       1st Retoucher & Studio Manager, Catchlight Digital, New York, NY

2005 – 2006       Photographer & Developer, Ward-Giffen Productions, Philadelphia, PA

2004 – 2005       1st Assistant & Studio Manager, Tony Ward Photography, Philadelphia, PA

 

Awards & Distinctions

2013 – 2014     Graduate Equity Fellowship Award, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2013 – 2014     State University Grant, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2013               Violet Speddy Scholarship, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2001 – 2003     UArts Grant, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000 – 2004     Promising Artist Award, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

Permanent Collections

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

Bibliography

CHRYSTA GIFFEN'S "CURVE", Juxtapoz Magazine, 2015

Giffen, Chrysta: Tension and Tenderness: A Study of Intimacy in Non-Traditional Relationships, San Jose, CA, 2014

The MFA Now Archive, vol.3, Root Division, 2014

The MFA Now Archive, vol.2, Root Division, 2013

Giffen, Chrysta: “Dreamscapes,” NY Arts Magazine, vol. 12, no 3/4, March/April 2007