Kimberly McKinnis is an artist, educator, and curator originally from Southern California. She holds a BFA in studio art with a concentration in glass and an MFA in Exhibition Design both from the California State University in Fullerton, California. Inspired to create opportunities for other local artists, she founded the freelance curatorial team, Day Job Projects. Producing over twenty shows, they traversed the arts communities of Southern California until she relocated to the east coast to participate in the artist residency program at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. During her assistantship there she worked closely with the former Programming Director, Charlotte Potter, at the museum’s glass studio (CMGS) to coordinate its professional development course and mentor other emerging artists. After her cross-country move, Kimberly maintained both her passion for the glass medium and her curatorial practice. Kim is a former resident artist of the incubator program at Glass Wheel Studio in the budding NEON arts district and has curated seven exhibitions locally.
In her personal studio practice, she utilizes a variety of media including silver, glass, video, and performance. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including in publications such as the annual New Glass Review by the Corning Museum of Glass. She resides in Norfolk, Virginia and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University, The Governor's School for the Arts and is a member of the glass studio team at the Chrysler Museum of Art.