Annie Buckley is a multidisciplinary artist and writer with an emphasis on art and social justice and the founder and director of Prison Arts Collective. She is a Professor in the School of Art + Design at San Diego State University and the first Director of the SDSU Institute for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Justice.


Buckley’s art embraces image, text, and participatory practice and has been included in museum and gallery exhibitions since the 1990s, including a two-person exhibition at Los Angeles International Airport in 2011; a solo exhibition and multi-day interactive performance at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center in Florida with Miami Basel in 2014, and a community-based event at the Terrain Biennial in 2017. She is the author and illustrator of Kids Yoga Deck, has published two novels with collaborative art projects, and her writing about art is widely published, including in Artforum, Art in America, and The Huffington Post. Her series about teaching art in prisons is published by Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor.


Buckley has received numerous grants and awards for her work as a professor and with Prison Arts Collective, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the highest faculty honor, Outstanding Professor, at California State University, San Bernardino in 2019. She has a BA with honors from UC Berkeley; an MFA in New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design; is a certified yoga instructor, and holds a Certificate of Women’s Executive Leadership from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.