Krista Steinke is a lensbased artist who works in photography, video, and installation. Her work focuses on the human-environmental relationship and photography’s unique ability to help us navigate the physical and cultural landscape. Drawing from a variety of sources such as folklore and mythology, art and photographic history, scientific areas of study, and personal experience, her work calls attention to our collective dependency on the natural world and reflects upon how our presence fits into the larger universe. Her creative process involves setting up scenarios that embrace the poetry of optics, element of chance, and conceptual impact of materials, looking for ways to work with the photographic medium that can speak to both its past as well as its future.
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 Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 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 Howard Foundation Fellowship in Photography. Her photographs have been featured in Square Magazine, Lenscratch, The Photo Review, Feature Shoot, Contact Sheet, EXIT, Monthly Photography, Le Journal de la Photographie, and on the covers of the Oxford American and The Literary Review.
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 Houston and upstate New York with her husband and two children and teaches in the Visualization Department at Texas A&M University.