Christopher Atkins was Curator of Exhibitions at the the Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) from 2015 - 2019. During that time he organized numerous group- and one-person exhibitions, including Material Mythologies, We the People, and the nationally recognized Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands. Other projects at the M included a new commission by installation artist Sheila Pepe, an exhibition on the history of the museum's important studio craft collection, and an NEA-supported solo exhibition with Brad Kahlhamer, entitled A Nation of One.
Previously, he was Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at Minneapolis Institute of Art from 2009-2015. During that time he lead MAEP through an important transition and reinvigorated the program by working closely with other curatorial departments, increasing the impact of each exhibition, embracing ambitious and experimental site-responsive projects, and presenting various artist-in-residency programs.
Atkins has served as an adjunct lecturer at the College of Visual Arts, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Macalester College where he taught courses on museum studies, visual cultures, and contemporary art. He has served as a juror and guest curator on national competitions and exhibitions.
He holds M.Res & M.A. degrees in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London, Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies from Harvard University and B.A. History of Art from the College of Wooster.
Atkins is also an award-winning photographer who has exhibited nationally. His work has been featured in one-person exhibitions at Kolman & Pryor Gallery and the Nemeth Art Center, and in group exhibitions at the Plains Museum. All of the Photography on this website is available for purchase. Please inquire about edition availability, sizes, and pricing.