Grace Ackles is an artist from Northern California, working to exhibit the unhealthy
symptoms of late capitalism via experimental documentary filmmaking and animation
that deals with sensations of alienation, dissociation, and hyperconsumption experienced
by real people. A recent undergraduate of UC Santa Cruz in art, anthropology and
literature, she has already been the recipient of several grants and participated in exhibitions
both locally and abroad. In-between projects she holds jobs on fish and flower farms where
she gets to work closely with plants and animals--occasionally resulting in stints of
scientific illustration--as a reprieve from aforementioned symptoms. 


University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 2013-2018
BA in art, BA in anthropology, minor in literature
University College Utrecht, NL 2015-2016
museum studies, anthropology

Saas-Fee Summer Institute for the Arts -- Berlin, DE 2016
Art and the Politics of Individuation
Parnassos Cultural Centre -- Utrecht, NL 2015
Children’s book illustration

Artsravaganza! Art and science exhibition, UC Santa Cruz, CA. 2017
Storytellers Institute Festosium, Skidmore College, NY. 2017
Inspired By Nature. Window Galleries, UC Santa Cruz, CA. 2016
Environmental Studies art/science poster session. UC Santa Cruz, CA. 2016
Individuating. Group show, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, DE. 2016
First Friday. Solo show, Subrosa, Santa Cruz, CA. 2015
Quarterly Open Studios. UC Santa Cruz, CA. 2014-2018

Art and Science Residency with the Norris Center at UCSC, CA. Current
Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship, UCSC, CA. 2018
ART + WATER Porter Grant, UCSC, CA. 2018
Best Experimental Documentary in Student Documentary Festival, Skidmore Storytellers’ Institute, NY. 2017 

Relevant Work Experience
Stop-motion animation -- Set construction, animation, post-production. Santa Cruz, CA 2017-current
American Abalone Farm -- Davenport, CA, 2017-current
Happy Boy Farms -- Flower farming and arranging, Watsonville, CA, 2016-current
Illustrator for City on a Hill Press -- UCSC, 2015
Student Editor of Outervoices -- Documentary/radio on women and activism, Healdsburg, CA, 2012-2014