Krista Steinke is an artist working in experimental photography, film, video, and installation. Her practice revolves around how photography (both moving and still) helps us to navigate our curiosity, need, and fear of the natural world. With the use of pinhole cameras, homemade filters, and other unconventional techniques, she draws meaning from her materials and process, often working at the intersection of abstract mark-making and photographic recording. Informed by science, current events, personal experience, and art and photographic history, her creative research explores how nature impacts our lives—in ways that are both obvious and more mysterious—while calling attention to 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 the Brauer Museum of Art, Woodmere Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, Atlanta International Airport, Johnson & Johnson, 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 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), the International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA), Denver Month of Photography, Review Santa Fe, Houston Fotofest, the Invision Photo Festival, and the 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 and in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, and Chicago, among other places. Currently, she divides her time between Houston and rural New York State.