Chelsea Behle Fralick

Chelsea R. Behle Fralick is an art historian and freelance writer/editor from San Diego, California. Currently a Lecturer in Art History at the University of San Diego, she received her B.A. in Art History (emphasis in Public Art and Architecture) from USD, and a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies degree from MIT’s School of Architecture. She has written on topics within California Beat art and film, as well as on California performance and video art, modern and contemporary architecture, and art of the public sphere. She is a member of the College Art Association, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture.

Areas of Interest: American art of the 20th century; California art of the 20th and 21st centuries; California Beat art and film of the 1940s-60s; Performance and video art of the 1960s and 70s; Avant-garde and experimental cinema in America; The role of the “artist-filmmaker” hybrid in California arts and culture; Countercultural influences in the arts; Intersections between mysticism and the visual and literary arts of California; Public art as a reflection of personal/spiritual space.

2012 SMArchS Thesis: "Art is Love is God":  Wallace Berman and the Transmission of 'Aleph', 1956-66