Myra Greene, M.F.A.
Chair of Art & Visual Culture, Photography Program Director, Professor
Art & Visual Culture
Giles Hall 409
M.F.A., University of New Mexico
B.F.A., Washington University in St. Louis
Myra Greene enjoys exploring photographic processes that engage issues about the body, memory, the absorption of culture and the ever-shifting identity of African Americans.
Greene is currently working on a new body of work that uses African textiles as a material and pattern to explore her own relationship to culture. In a previous body of work, Greene created benign portraits of cross sections of white American life. The impetuous for these photographs, titled "My White Friends," lies in the undercurrent of racial description and the performance of identity. By photographing friends, peers and mentors, Greene visually ponders if photography can capture and describe the nuances of whiteness.
In her work "Character Recognition," Greene uses a historic photographic process linked to the times of ethnographic classification to repeatedly explore her ethnic features. Often haunting and frightening these glass plate ambrotrypes are contemplation on how we see blackness in these modern times.
Greene has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Photography and has completed residencies at Light Work in Syracuse New York and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Her work is in the permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. Greene's work has been featured in nationally exhibitions in galleries and museums including The New York Public Library, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Williams College Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Sculpture Center in New York City. Myra Greene was born in New York City and received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico.