The Department of Things is an art and design collective founded by Chicago-based artist David Murray and San Diego-based artist Kristin Nason. TDOT works in photography and screenprint, including commissioned projects for the hospitality and interior design industries.

Dave and Kristin met during graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After completing their MFAs, they went on to work together as international admissions officers for SAIC, traveling to meet with young artists around the world. The idea of TDOT first emerged while sitting in Beijing traffic.

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