Christian L. Frock is a writer and public scholar. Her work focuses on art, politics, and public life. Her projects endeavor to alter the landscape for civic engagement and take the form of public scholarship, cultural criticism, exhibitions, teaching, public speaking, and consulting.
Her writing has been published in KQED Arts, The Guardian US, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many other publications -- she has also produced commissioned writing for The Fleishhacker Foundation, Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Open Space, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, among others. Since 2009, she has written monthly museum and gallery critic's picks for San Francisco Arts Monthly, a San Francisco Bay Area supplement to The New York Times.
Invisible Venue, the DIY independent curatorial enterprise Frock founded in 2005, has collaborated with more than 50 artists to present art in public spaces. Ephemera from various projects are included in several public collections. Frock has organized public programs, commissions, and exhibitions for Headlands Center for the Arts, Mills College Art Museum, San José State University, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among other venues. She has consulted on a number of private and public initiatives, including projects for Facebook HQ and Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has participated in public programs organized by the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, Oakland Museum of California, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among other institutions.
Frock has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars at California College of the Arts, California Institute of Integral Studies, and San Francisco Art Institute; and has guest lectured at UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and Stanford University, among other schools. Recent academic appointments include Spring 2017 Visiting Scholar at San Francisco State University School of Art and 2015 - 2017 Scholar in Residence at California College of the Arts' Center for Art + Public Life.