Krista Steinke is an artist who works in photography, video, and installation. Her work explores the human-environmental relationship and photography’s role in mediating that experience. The ebb and flow of nature, mesmeric quality of light, and a longing to feel connected to the natural world within the chaos of contemporary life are some thematic threads that run through her work. Drawing from varied sources such as literature, art and photographic history, scientific areas of study, and personal experience, her images often serve as metaphors for larger issues surrounding the environment.

Krista’s work has been exhibited and screened in museums and galleries across the country, as well as internationally. Her works are represented in public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, the Brauer Museum of Art, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and Fidelity Investments, among others. Awards include a Pennsylvania Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a grant from the Puffin Foundation, an Artist Residency at Light Work, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and recently, a Fellowship in Photography from the Howard Foundation.

Krista received a BA in Art and the Advanced Humanities from Valparaiso University, a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. She has lived all over Texas, in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, and Chicago, among other places.  Currently, she resides in the Houston area and teaches in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University.


(*full version of resume available upon request)

2017          Howard Foundation, Fellowship in Photography
2016          Puffin Foundation, Grant award in Photography
2016          Sustainable Art Foundation, Promise Award
2009          Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship in Photography
2008          Light Work, Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY
2000          Henry Walter’s Traveling Fellowship, Juried by Holland Cotter (NY Times, art critic)

2018 (forthcoming solo show) Good Luck with the Sun, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin,TX
2018 (forthcoming) Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
2018 (forthcoming solo show) Good Luck with the Sun, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
2018  Reducing Nature, group exhibition, Box 13, Houston, TX
2017 Field Work (curator: Kim Domanski), Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD
2017 Double Exposure (Denver Month of Photography), Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, CO

2015 The Landmark Show (curator: Grace Kook-Anderson), Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2015 *Serious Play: Krista Steinke and Sherman Finch (curator: Charles R Wood), LSCC Gallery, TX
2014 Contemporary Photographers: Vision and Method in the 21st Century (curator: Chris Schmidt), The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, VA
2014 *Second Nature: Krista Steinke and David Politzer, Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, Sam Houston State, TX
2013 Invitational Artist Biennial, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
2012 Philadelphia Women Photographers, Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Centennial Exhibition, Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE
2011 The Airport Show, Atlanta Jackson International Airport (Atlanta Celebrates Photography), GA
2011 *Ann Seidman and Krista Steinke, Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Fresh Start, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009 Suspension of Disbelief, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
2008 The Elusive Surrounding, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2007 Photo Forum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2006 Dangerous Visions, Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, CA
2006 New Media/New Work, Art Intertactive, Cambridge, MA
2004 In America Now, Don O’Melvney Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2004 Document, TIXE Gallery, New York, NY

2017 Dallas Medianale, Dallas Contemporary, TX
2017 Earth Day Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
2016 Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Trinidad + Tobago
2016 ALT/Future, Biome Arts, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY and Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Mess With Texas (curator: Peter Lucas), Film Screening, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
2005 The Tank Presents: Selections from The Reel Venus Film Festival, The Tank, New York, NY
2005 Out of The Loop Film/Video Screening, Barbes Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Reel Venus Film Festival, Symphony Space, New York, NY
2004 South-Side Film Festival, Official Selection Short Film, Bethlehem, PA
2001 Artistmade Karaoke, ARTSCAPE, Baltimore, MD

TLR, An International Journal of Contemporary Writing, cover image, Winter, 2018, 60th anniversary issue
“Purgatory Road”, Square Magazine, July 2016
The States Project: Texas (curated by Adam Neese), Lenscratch, July 2016
Artist Interview, Fotofilmic, 2016,
“On Our Radar”, Creative Capital, Spring-Fall 2016,
The Inequivalent by Krista Steinke, HYPERtext, Artist Feature, October 30, 2015
Feature Shoot, “Photographer Beautifully Captures Growth and Decay Through Sheets of Plexglass Filters” by Kayla Chobotiuk, May 26, 2015
Oxford American Magazine, cover image, Fall 2014
Light Leaked, “Interview with Krista Steinke”, by Ashley Kauschinger, Spring 2013
Le Journal de la Photographie, “Portfolio: Krista Steinke, Purgatory Road”, December 6, 2012
TLR, An International Journal of Contemporary Writing, cover image, winter, 2011, vol. 55 issue
“The Solo Show is the Focus” by Edith Newhall, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 30th, 2011
“First Friday Focus,” Philadelphia City Paper, March 28, 2008
“Photo 07”, Philadelphia City Paper, May 2007
“A Torrid Theme” by Geoff Gehman, The Morning Call, Feb. 23, 2005
“Hot Art Warms Cold Month” by Stacy Wescoe, Allentown Chronicle, Feb. 2005
“Sheltered, A Tornado of Creations by 20 Artists” by Geoff Gehman, The Morning Call, Jan. 13, 2005
“Unwearables’ exhibit…” by Geoff Gehman, The Morning Call, Jan 22, 2004 by Mina Cheon, Nov. 2003, Vol. 8, No 9

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
Light Work Fine Print Collection
Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission
The Brauer Museum of Art
Johnson & Johnson Corporate Collection
Fidelity Investments
Engine Performance, Baltimore
Floss Barber Design, Inc, Philadelphia

MFA: Photography and Digital Imaging, Maryland Institute, College of Art, MD
BFA: Studio Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
BA/ Advanced Degree in the Humanities: Valparaiso University, IN