Title: Tom Klinkowstein collection
Call Number: Coll330
Creator: Klinkowstein, Thomas (1950-)
Dates: 1979-2016
Size: 6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: This collection consists of a selection of the artist’s work with telecommunication and other means produced from 1979-2016, including photographs, audio and video recordings, works on paper, and related manuscript materials.
Citation: Tom Klinkowstein collection, Collection 330, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

The Baptism of Christ/ Berlin Wall Project' (1988), Tom Klinkowstein"The Baptism of Christ/ Berlin Wall Project", fax installation, (1988), Tom Klinkowstein
Tom Klinkowstein (b. 1950), is an artist and new media design professor at Pratt Institute and Hofstra University. He holds a B.S. in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University. His work has been shown in art centers, museums, and galleries throughout the world, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. Mr. Klinkowstein’s work also can be found in the archive of the LIMA Media Art Foundation in The Netherlands and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; his three meter long digital artwork, “A Networked Designer’s Critical Path: 1990-2090" was shown at the Fifth Avenue (New York) Gallery of the American Institute of Graphic Design. Klinkowstein is also president of Media A, an innovation, design, and consulting group in New York. Between 1979 and 1990, Klinkowstein pioneered the field of telecommunications or telematic art, which uses mediated telecommunications networks to produce art works. While living and working in Amsterdam, Klinkowstein produced performance and installation artworks that included using radio and television programs as well as fax machines to transmit art internationally. The works often referenced corporate symbols and logos associated with consumption habits in suburban America that were beginning to infiltrate the global market.

Scope & Content


Although collection is unprocessed, materials can be found in the follow boxes: Box 1: Audio Recordings and Cassettes (1983-1995); Slides (1979-1995) Box 2: VHS Tapes and Umatics (1980-2004) Box 3: Flat Art and Press [49A-67] (1980-1995) Box 4: Flat Art and Press [68-88] (1980-1992)

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Accessions: MSS2022-07.

Processing Note

Collection was donated to Special Collections by Tom Klinkowstein in July 2022.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding Aid not available.

Access Conditions

This collection is open for research. There are no restricted materials.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Permission is required for all reproduction requests. Copyright is maintained by the creator.

Subject Headings


Klinkowstein, Thomas (1950-)


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