PRNSA Field Institute Instructor

Visual artist Todd Gilens has explored the interactions of images and places for thirty-five years. Working with materials such as playing cards, concrete, beans, photography and paint, Todd’s work has been seen in exhibition spaces as well as theaters, abandoned prisons, in storefronts, rock crevices and condominium courtyards in the US and abroad. 


His large-scale photographic works include “Red Shift,” a 250-foot mural at Stockholm University commissioned by the international science conference Resilience 2008; “Endangered Species,” four bus-wraps which circulated San Francisco in 2011-12; and “Shade,” a 100-foot long digital print adhered to the propagation house of the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden. 


Todd has taught workshops at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, community centers and public schools in Oakland, Richmond and Philadelphia. He is an adjunct faculty in the landscape architecture department at the Academy of Art University.


Todd’s current work links urban water networks with Sierra streams and the scale of water movement in the West. His research blog is archived HERE and his website is 



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an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.