Krista Steinke is an interdisciplinary artist who works in photography, video, and installation. Her project-based practice explores the human-environmental relationship 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 working at the intersection of abstraction and photographic recording. Informed by varied sources such as art and photographic history, scientific areas of study, current events, and personal experience, her work reflects upon the universalities that shape the human condition, while calling attention to other critical issues surrounding the natural world.
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, Atlanta International Airport, and Fidelity Investments, among others. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, two grants from the Puffin Foundation, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a Fellowship from the Howard Foundation. She has been been a visiting artist at numerous colleges and universities and has participated in several festivals and conferences, including the International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAA), International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA), Denver Month of Photography, Review Santa Fe, Houston Fotofest, The Invision Photo Festival, and Society for Photographic Education (SPE).
Krista received a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Art and Humanities from Valparaiso University. She has lived all over Texas, in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, and Chicago, among other places. Currently, she divides her time between Houston and New York State.
*full CV available upon request
UPCOMING / RECENT EXHIBITIONS (*solo and 2 person)
2020 (forthcoming) Art of the Cosmos, TBA, Los Angeles, CA
2019 (forthcoming) Weather the Weather, a SciArt Initiative exhibition, New York Hall of Science, NY
2019 ISEA2019, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
2019 *Good Luck with the Sun, Pompano Beach Cultural Center, FL
2019 Sun, curator: James Eric Simpson, CASP Studio 1, Lubbock, TX
SELECTED PAST EXHIBITIONS (*solo and 2 person)
2018 Studio Rigor: 30 Years, Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2018 In Their Element, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC
2018 *Good Luck with the Sun and other works, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
2018 *Good Luck with the Sun, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin,TX
2018 Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
2018 Reducing Nature, Box 13, Houston, TX
2018 Coup de Fourche (selections from The Big Picture, Colorado), curator: Pauline Caplet, Studio Baxton, Brussels, Belgium
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 Envisioning the Impossible, curator: Kim Cook, 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, curator: John B Ravenal (catalogue), Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE
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
SELECTED FILM AND VIDEO SCREENINGS
2019 From Future’s End//, aCinema Space, Milwaukee, WI
2018 Powerful Vulnerable, curator: Mary Magsamen, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
2017 Dallas Medianale, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, 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, 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, 60th anniversary issue, winter, 2018.
“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, www.fotofilmic.com, 2016.
“On Our Radar”, Creative Capital, http://creative-capital.org/onourradar?id=32271, 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.
“Supernova: Multimedia Group Exhibition” by Susie Tommaney, Houston Press, May 6, 2015.
Oxford American Magazine, cover image, Fall 2014.
“Interview with Krista Steinke” by Ashley Kauschinger, Light Leaked, Spring 2013.
“First Friday Focus,” Philadelphia City Paper, March 28, 2008.
“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.
www.nyartsmagazine.com by Mina Cheon, Vol. 8, No 9, Nov. 2003.
SELECTED AWARDS / GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS
2019 Puffin Foundation, Grant award in Video/Film
2018 AVPA Arts Enhancement Grant, TAMU
2017 Howard Foundation, Fellowship in Photography
2016 Puffin Foundation, Grant award in Photography
2016 Creative Capital Finalist: “On Our Radar”
2012 Sustainable Art Foundation, Promise Award
2009 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Fellowship in Photography
2008 Light Work, Artist-in-Residence
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: Art and Humanities, Valparaiso University, IN