Krista Steinke is an artist who works in photography, video, and installation. Her project-based practice explores how the natural world impacts our lives in ways that are both obvious and more mysterious, and photography’s unique role in mediating that experience. With the use of pinhole cameras, homemade filters, and other experimental techniques, she draws meaning from her materials and process, often combining abstract mark making with photographic recording. Referencing varied sources such as art and photographic history, scientific areas of study, current events, and personal experience, her work sets out to reflect on the universalities that shape the human condition while serving as metaphors for other critical issues surrounding the environment.

Krista has exhibited and screened her work in museums, galleries, and film festivals 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 Council on 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 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.


UPCOMING / RECENT EXHIBITIONS (*solo and 2 person)
2018   In Their Element, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC  (forthcoming)
2018 *Good Luck with the Sun and other works, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
2018  Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
2018 *Good Luck with the Sun, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin,TX

2018  Reducing Nature, 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
2017 The National Weather Biennale (catalogue), The National Weather Center, Oklahoma University, OK
2016 iDEAS Exhibition (part of iDMAa conference), Winona, MN
2015 The Landmark Show, curator: Grace Kook-Anderson (catalogue), Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2015 *Serious Play: Krista Steinke and Sherman Finch, curator: Charles R Wood, LSCC Gallery, TX
2015 Envisioning the Impossible, curator: Kim Cook, Director of Post Studio Projects), Box 13, Houston 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
2014 The Apocalyptic (catalogue), Truman State University Art Gallery, Kansas, MO
2013 Invitational Artist Biennial, curator: Ricardo Viera, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
2012 Philadelphia Women Photographers, Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Centennial Exhibition (catalogue), curator: John B Ravenal, Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE
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 (DVD catalogue), 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
2006 Women’s Caucus for the Arts 2006 Video Screening, Boston, MA
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
2005 Gender in Motion Video Screening, Digital Arts and Entertainment Lab, GSU, Atlanta, GA,
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

Krista Steinke: Good Luck With the Sun” at W&TW”, by Melany Jean, Austin Chronicle, June 1, 2018
TLR, An International Journal of Contemporary Writing, cover image, Winter, 2018, 60th anniversary issue
“Month of Photography Off to Strong Start With Two Arvada Center Shows” by Michael Paglia, Westword, Feb. 22, 2017
“Purgatory Road”, Square Magazine, July 2016
“The States Project: Texas”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
“Photographer Beautifully Captures Growth and Decay Through Sheets of Plexglass Filters” by Kayla Chobotiuk, Feature Shoot, May 26, 2015
Oxford American Magazine, cover image, Fall 2014
“5 Questions with Krista Steinke”, Angela Fraleigh, 2014,
“Interview with Krista Steinke”, by Ashley Kauschinger, Light Leaked, Spring 2013
“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

2018          AVPA Arts Enhancement Grant, TAMU
2017          Howard Foundation, Fellowship in Photography
2016          Puffin Foundation, Grant award in Photography
2012          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)

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