Born in Indiana, Kyra Schmidt is a visual artist and educator currently based in Roanoke, Virginia. She received her Bachelors in Art at the University of Southern Indiana, and her M.F.A. in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Kyra is presently working with the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.
Kyra's artistic work examines how we represent or see the world through image, text, and technology. She works with both analog and digital photographic processes to transcribe imagery from intimate experiences with and within nature. Her process involves bringing light sensitive materials into direct physical contact with natural matter such as plants, soil, or water. For Kyra, camera-less processes offer a valuable way to connect a photograph’s meaning and appearance with its technique and subject matter. Her work is deeply rooted in an interest in the ontology of the photographic medium, in the philosophy of aesthetics, and in the belief that the elimination of a sovereign point of view is a key element in preserving photography as a space for civil transformation. In 2017 she was selected to attend Review Santa Fe, as well as one of the Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers.