Ted Purves is a writer and artist based in Berkeley, California. He produces socially-based projects in collaboration with Susanne Cockrell under the umbrella name of Fieldfaring (www.fieldfaring.org). Their most recent project, The Red Bank Pawpaw Circle, a large public planting project, was completed  in Cincinnati, Ohio in Fall 2012. In 2005, he founded the social practice curriculum at California College of the Arts and is currently leading their newly created MA in Social Practice and Public Forms. His book, What We Want is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, was published by SUNY Press in 2005. A significantly expanded and revised edition, What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art, was released in 2014.

Chair, Fine Arts
Associate Professor, Fine Arts

BS, University of Illinois; MFA, Ohio University