Kim Abeles:  Smog Collectors, 1987-2020
Exhibition Dates: March 21 – May 30, 2020

MEMBERS RECEPTION | Saturday, March 21, 1-2 PM
PUBLIC  RECEPTION | Saturday, March 21, 2-4 PM 

Kim Abeles, 'World Leaders in Smog, 2019' Kim Abeles, " World Leaders in Smog, 2019,"   Los Angeles Edition 2,  Ceramic and smog, 10.5 inches in diameter each,  Courtesy of the artist.
Created in collaboration with the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow


Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020, at the Begovich Gallery will be the first time this seminal series is shown in its entirety.
The exhibition features thirty years of Abeles' artistic investigation related to the environment and her innovative method of producing images on various surfaces made solely by particulate matter from air pollution. Smog Collectors examines decades of scientific data collected by the artist and its unexpected visual presentation that prompts the viewer to reconsider the air we breathe. 

Abeles' art explores the harmful effects of smog and has received national and international acclaim, most notably in the series entitled,
The Presidential Commemorative Smog Plates (1992). This body of work draws attention to US Presidents, from William McKinley to George Bush, and their varying policies associated with the environment. Abeles continues to explore the effects of smog utilizing narratives related to domestic spaces, the earth, and the human body. 


Kim Abeles is an interdisciplinary artist known for her community-based projects that explore biography, geography and environment. She is a recipient of fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Community Foundation, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She has created projects with the California Science Center, Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. She is professor emerita at California State University, Northridge where she taught public art and public practice from 1998-2009. She received her MFA at University of California, Irvine. She lives and works in Los Angeles. 

Essay accompanying the exhibition written by Karen Moss, Director of USC Roski, MA Curatorial Program, Professor of Teaching, Critical Studies.

Artist’s website:

Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020 is organized by the College of the Arts, Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery, and is curated by Jennifer Frias, Director/Curator. Support for the gallery is made possible through the Art Alliance, Associated Students, Inc. Instructional Related Activities, the College of the Arts, Department of Visual Arts, and Donna and Ernie Schroeder. Special thanks to Madeleine Grynsztejn and Michael Levine.


Gain further insights by booking a guided tour conversation of Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020. Two-weeks advanced reservation required. Maximum 30 individuals per group. For more information and to reserve a class visit to the gallery, contact

back to top

This site is maintained by College of the Arts.

Last Published 2/7/20

To report problems or comments with this site, please contact
© California State University, Fullerton. All Rights Reserved.

Web Accessibility

CSUF is committed to ensuring equal accessibility to our users. Let us know about any accessibility problems you encounter using this website.
We'll do our best to improve things and get you the information you need.