I want a creative, sustainable life. I want to make art that connects me to a larger community and celebrates the land. I want to experience that invisible something that makes itself evident when groups of people decide to do good.

Christine Olejniczak  • o len é chek   • christineolejniczak22@gmail.com • marfa, texas


1994      MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1991        BFA, University of Texas at Austin


2016      Cloud Portraits, Silverpoint drawings and collages, Spare Parts, Marfa, TX

               Marfa Sounding, performer in Alvin Lucier's Vespers, Mafa, TX

2015      Natural Wonders II, (Invitational), Clemson City Hall, Clemson, SC

               Christine Olejniczak – Music for Pen and Pencil – exhibition and performance,                            Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2014        Association of Writers and Writing Programs, G.C. Waldrep presents Poetry as                        Sound’s Potential. Christine Olejniczak’s piece based on Emily                                                Dickinson’s poem, 733- The Spirit Is The Unconscious Ear, was played as the                          introduction to his talk.

                 Included in CA Conrad’s #97: Marfa Poetry Machine in 36 Things. During CA’s                      Lannan residency in Marfa, Texas he did 36 actions a day for 36 days, taking                      notes between each thing, the notes harvested later for the poems. Listening to                    a CD of my music every evening was one of his rituals.

2013        Audible Picture Show, Festival Tous Écrans, Geneva International Film Festival,                    Geneva, Switzerland

2012        Audible Picture Show, rerun Gastropub Theater, Brooklyn, NY                                                   Audible Picture Show, The University of North Carolina Wilmington, Film Studies                       Department

 2011        MARFANS, Art From the Plateau, University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, TX                    Audible Picture Show, BIGMAG #4: tesera , De Player/IFFR, Rotterdam, Unheard                      Festival, Amsterdam, Holland, release of limited edition twin 12” vinyl plus                               contributor artworks and writing.

2010        Endangered Memory, An Evening of Poetry, Music & Art, Willow Arts, Austin, TX                  What Do Your Words Sound Like?, Central Texas Writing Project 2010, Austin, TX                     Christine Olejniczak Drawing Performance, East Austin Studio Tours, Willow Arts                    Center, Austin, TX                                                                                                                     Audible Picture Show, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK                                              Audible Picture Show, Kino Tilsiter Lictspiele, Berlin, Germany                                         Audible Picture Show, De Player, Rotterdam, Holland                                                        Audible Picture Show, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, USSR                   Audible Picture Show, Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC

2009        Texas Draws, Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, exhibition and performance,                       San Antonio, TX                                                                                                                        CO @ Bldg. 98, International Women’s Foundation, Marfa, TX                                         Christine Olejniczak Drawing Performance, East Austin Studio Tours, Willow Arts                      Center, Austin, TX                                                                                                          Audible Picture Show, The Magi Lantern CCA, Glasgow, Scotland                                             Audible Picture Show, Diversions Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland                          Audible Picture Show, The Dukes, Lancaster, UK

2008        Audible Picture Show, FACT Liverpool, UK                                                                                 Audible Picture Show, Reading Experimental Film Festival, UK                                          Audible Picture Show, Cinema Nova Brussels                                                                       Audible Picture Show, Scheld’apen Antwerp                                                                       Audible Picture Show, Cat Strand New Galloway

2007        Winter Solstice, Eugene Binder, Marfa, TX                                                                                  Christine Olejniczak, Gun Blasts and Glass Bullets, Curated by Jeff Elrod,                             Marfa Book Co., Marfa, TX                                                                                                   7 Day Weekend, Marfa Book Co., Marfa, TX                                                                    Audible Picture Show, Studies in Sound, Listening in the Age of Visual Culture,                          University of Iowa                                                                                                             Audible Picture Show, Cinema Nova Brussels                                                                             Audible Picture Show, London Short Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts,                      London, UK

2006        Audible Picture Show, Short Film Summer School, Curzon Soho, London                             Audible Picture Show, European Media Art Festival, Haus der Jugend, Osnabruek,                     Germany                                                                                                                                  Audible Picture Show, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain                                                                Audible Picture Show, Resonance FM, 104.4 FM                                                                   Audible Picture Show, Split International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia                  Audible Picture Show, Kunstvlaai 06, Amsterdam, Holland                                                         Audible Picture Show, Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK

2005        Audible Picture Show, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX                                                                        Audible Picture Show, Urban 15, San Antonio, TX                                                                   Audible Picture Show, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, TX                                                    Audible Picture Show, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX                                                        Crossing Borders, Big Bend Arts Council, Alpine, TX

2004        Inleaf Press Reading, The Station, Houston, TX

2003        Voices Breaking Boundaries, Translating Intimacy, Project Rowhouse,                                   Houston, TX                                                                                                                             Electric Dirt - The Band, St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, Houston, TX                                 Voices Breaking Boundaries Open Mic, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX

2001        Thinking of You for Five Minutes, Marfa Book Co., Marfa,TX                                                      Electric Dirt, Marfa Theatre, Marfa, TX                                                                          Electric Dirt, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX       

1999        Textual Negotiations, exhibition and performance with Matthew Sontheimer,                              Lawndale, Houston, TX

1998        How’s My Driving?, Houston, TX

1997        Faculty Art Show, Kingwood College, Kingwood, TX                                                    Houston Artists, curated by Maggi Battalino, Courthouse Concierge, Houston, TX

1996        Christine Olejniczak, Sonic Book Art, Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI                             Member Group Show, ArtCentric Gallery, Milwaukee, WI                                                            Christine Olejniczak, Prints and Drawings, Wagner’s in Bay View, Milwaukee, WI

1994        Assemblage of Talent, EX.HI.BIT, Chicago, IL                                                                    SAIC MFA Thesis Show, Frantzen Building, Chicago, IL

1992        Crossing Borders, Galleria Sin Fontera, Austin, TX                                                                  Christine Olejniczak, Prints and Drawings, Nell’s Gallery, Baytown, TX

1991        Christine Olejniczak, New Works, New Gallery, University of Texas at Austin

1990        The Horus Project, The University of Texas at Austin


2007        There Will Be Blood, Mother Sunday


1997        Special Projects Grant, Kingwood College, Kingwood, TX                                                             Contributed over 300 slides to supplement slide library with emphasis on                                drawing.

1995-       Milwaukee Arts Board, Milwaukee, WI                                                          1996        Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children, Fox Point, WI

ARTICLES & publications

2016      Tracks and Traces, A Report from Marfa Sounding, Sabrina Tarazoff, Frieze.com,                        June 30, 2016

2015        Resident Artist to Embark on Project to Find the Music in Drawing, Gary Demuth,                      Salina Journal, March 6, 2015                                                                                      Interview, KSAL, News Radio Salina Kansas, The Clarke Sanders Show,                       March 10, 2015

2014       Poetry as Non-Diegetic Speech, G.C. Waldrep, OmniVerse,                                                           http://omniverse.us/gc-waldrep-poetry-as-non-diegetic-speech/, 2014

2009       Ease, Unease with Nature in ‘Draws’, Steve Bennet, www.mysanantonio.com,                       July 26, 2009                                                                                                             “Texas Draws” at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, Examiner, Dallas, TX,                      Scott Dickens, July 12, 2009                                                                                      Texas Draws, The Current, San Antonio, TX, Dan Goddard, July 8, 2009

2007        Talk at 10, Marfa Public Radio, Interview with Christine Olejniczak, Gun Blasts and                   Glass Bullets                                                                                                                    Studies in Sound: Listening in the Age of Visual Culture, University of Iowa,                     Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, Matt Hulse

2002        &co. - the work of Christine Olejniczak, Inleaf Press, Houston, TX                                Art in Marfa, Texas, Elizabeth McBride, Arts Houston, Volume 3, No. 7, July 2002                    Christine Olejniczak, Electric Dirt - Houston and Marfa, Elizabeth McBride, E-Zine                      Vol. 1, January 2002

2001        Christine Olejniczak: Electric Dirt, Elizabeth McBride, ArtLies, Number 33, Winter                      2001-2002                                                                                                                    Unusual Sound Performance Delights Fundraiser Crowd, Elizabeth McBride, Big                       Bend Sentinel, Nov. 15, 2001                                                                                                    Marfa Artist Raises Experimental Sounds From the West Texas Dirt, Sterry                       Butcher, Big Bend Sentinel, Nov. 1, 2001


2016        Caldera Art Center, Sisters, OR

2015        Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2014        Rensing Center, Pickens, SC

2009       International Women’s Foundation, Marfa, TX


1997        Day Without Art, In conjunction with Artists Bookworks Houston, designed and was                    responsible for producing a sculptural book to commemorate members of the                      arts community in Houston who died of AIDS. The piece was exhibited and                              donated to the Gulf Coast Archive Museum.