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Sanford, Kris

Associate Professor - Photography



Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan. Kris has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, London, Miami, and New York. She was named a finalist for the 2018 Dorthea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Other recent awards include the Fellowship 17 International Award from Silver Eye Center for Photography and the Visual Studies Workshop Residency Award through Critical Mass 2016. Her art explores relationships and queer identity through the use of appropriated images, portraiture, and video.

More about Kris Sanford

Recent Scholarships

  • The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022 (juried group exhibition), September 17th, 2022 – January 8th, 2023, Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN.  
  • Through the Body (juried group exhibition), August 5th - October 1st, 2022, Light Art Space Gallery, Silver City, NM. 
  • (s)Light of Hand (juried group exhibition), September 18th - October 16th, 2021, Photographer’s Eye Collective and Gallery, Escondido, CA. 
  • Simulacra (juried group exhibition), September 2nd - 19th, 2021, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA. 
  • Portfolio Showcase 12 (juried group exhibition),, April 3rd - 27th, 2019, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO. 
  • Through the Lens of Desire (solo exhibition), January 11th - February 10th, 2019, Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 
MFA: 2005, Arizona State University
BFA: 2000, College for Creative Studies
AA: 1996, Washtenaw Community College
• Personal Relationships
• LGBTQ Issues
• Vintage Snapshots
Society for Photographic Education (SPE) member

Courses Taught

  • The Self and Other in Photography
  • Design Foundations
  • Introduction to Photography
    Alternative Photographic Processes
  • Photography Lighting Studio
  • Advanced Photography Studio
  • The History of Photography