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Christine Tamblyn (1951-1998), Digital Arts Pioneer December 10, 2010

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UCI Assistant Professor Christine Tamblyn was an American visual artist and critic most active in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1970s through the 1990s. She was best known for her performance pieces and multimedia works untilizing CD-ROM and video. While an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1970s, she taught graduate level courses in video. She was also involved in performance art in Chicago and New York,  influenced by Allen Kaprow and others. Throughout her career she was actively involved in a variety of national and international conferences, workshops, symposia, lectures and festivals. In 1982 she entered the MFA program at UCSD, studying with Eleanor and David Antin and Allen Kaprow. In 1985 she began teaching at San Francisco State University and made contributions to numerous important art journals as an influential critic. She taught at UCB and Florida International University before joining the UCI Studio Art Department in 1996. She was committed to feminist politics and cross-disciplinary scholarship. Christine Tamblyn was internationally recognized for her work. Students and colleagues alike regarded her as an innovative and compassionate educator. She was instrumental in developing the foundation for a digital arts program at UCI. She died on January 1, 1998 in San Francisco of breast cancer.  The Christine Tamblyn Papers (MS-F011) are located in the UCI Special Collections and Archives.

MS-F011. Christine Tamblyn Papers. Special Collections and Archives, the UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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