Krista Steinke is a lens-based artist who works in photography, video, and installation. Her work explores the human-environmental relationship and photography’s role in how we navigate the physical and cultural landscape. 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 bigger issues surrounding the environment.
Krista has exhibited 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 a recent Fellowship 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.