Kelsey Simpkins
Art + Science + Action Cohort 2021 - 22

Kelsey is a conceptual multimedia artist and photographer who works at CU Boulder as a science and news writer in media relations. She is a 2021 NEST Studio for the Arts Community Artist Fellow.

She received her B.A. in art, art history and environmental studies from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and attended the Smith College Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies in Northampton, Massachusetts in 2012. She graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from CU Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information and the Center for Environmental Journalism in 2018.

For over a decade, her research, reporting and artwork have examined the intersections of art, environmental, and social movements of the 1970's through present day. She has worked as a science writer and communicator internationally, domestically, and in the state of Colorado, with a focus on climate change, ecology, and environmental science. Her reporting on art and climate change in the Arctic during her graduate studies have taken her to Tromsø, Norway and Anchorage, Alaska, as well as to Rovaniemi, Finland in 2019 for the second ever Arctic Arts Summit. She attended the 2018 Artists & Climate Change Incubator in New York City with Chantal Bilodeau and remains passionate about collaborations between scientists and artists. She creates artwork which explores how environmental change affects our daily lives, how we navigate each other, and the world around us.