Mallory Kimmel is an artist, educator, and writer who makes socially engaged work to address and eradicate exclusionary design practices in the built environment. Through the process of object making, performance, social practice, bookmaking, writing, and the establishment of a community cry hotline, her practice actively dethrones political meta-narratives used to denote worth and expendability to center social justice. Creating dedicated spaces and community workshops to facilitate joy makes room for those of us just trying to work, survive, and smile on occasion.

Kimmel earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from California College of the Arts, a BA in Studio Art, and a BS in Ecology from Susquehanna University. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at The Clarvit Courtyard at The University of Maryland, Minnesota Street Projects and The Cultural Center Semberija. She has been published by E-flux, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, and BmoreArt Magazine. She is the founder of Do Less Press, a small local press dedicated to artist literature on power, labor, rest, and healing.

Kimmel also co-founded the Black X Collective where she served as the Chief of Art Relations, securing the film festival venue at the Phillips Collection and THEARC. She was named 2019 MFA Now, artist to watch in the Bay Area by Root Division. She was selected for artist residencies including the Social Studies Residency and the Outreach Artist Residency in the Arctic Circle funded by the NSF and NOAA.