Sabrina Staires - Kansas City, MO
I create works based in photographic medium, printed on silk, vellum, metal and art paper surfaces that are often embellished with gold, thread or paint. My pieces and installations are dramatic and existential in essence, creating a startling yet beautiful consideration of social and environmental issues that are pertinent to this time.
I use my vision to create images that have emotional impact, while inspiring interest and therefore truly educating audiences about the changing landscape and practices in in America. Industrialism and women’s issues are highlighted.
In Mayan tradition, there is a greeting, known as the law of In Lak'ech Ala K'in, which means “I am another yourself”. In my work I hope to create the “I am another you” experience. Connecting us all to the reality, through beautiful, yet haunting imagery- that be it human, animal or planet, what affects one of us- influences all.
I began working in newspapers and darkrooms 23 years ago starting at the Kansas City Star. I cultivated a career that encompassed editorial, commercial and fine art photography for 10 years, before I owned/curated Landon Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City. My project Echo received the ArtKC inspiration grant in 2016. The Elephant Parade was given the Arts Through Architecture award appearing on billboards in downtown Kansas City. I received ADDY (American Advertising Association) in 2010 for Color photography. Several pieces from multiple collections have shown in galleries throughout the United States.
I grew up in the oil industry economy of Oklahoma. My father was one of the first environmental scientist practicing industrial waste clean up in middle America. This informed my view of the environment at an early age.
Center for Fine Art Photography - Fort Collins, CO, “Center Forward 2018”, group, (2018) *honorable mention
Spiva Center for the Arts -Joplin, MO,“Photo Spiva”, group, juried by Henry Horenstein, (2018) *honorable mention
Kansas City Artist Coalition -Kansas City, MO, “Current Works 2018”, group, juried by Keith Davis, Senior Curator of Photography, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (2017)
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center - Kansas City, MO, “Finding Peace, Finding Center”, group (2017)
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art - Saint Joseph, MO, “Sense of Place”, group, (2017)
Puffin Foundation - Teaneck, NJ, “Where We Are Now”, group (2017)
University of Central Connecticut - New Britian CT, “Echo”, solo (2017)
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center - Kansas City, MO, “Echo”, solo (2016)
Photoplace Gallery - Middlebury, VT, “Portrait and Place” group (2014)
Front Space Gallery - Kansas City, MO, group (2013)
Bemis Center for the Arts - Omaha, NE, group (2012)
Arts Through Architecture Billboards - Kanas City, MO, “Elephant Parade”, solo (2012)
Center for Fine Art Photography- Fort Collins, CO, “Portraits 2012”, group (2012)
Invited Artist Lectures, Interviews and Articles
“Creating Environmental Voice in Art” - University of Central Connecticut, New Britain, CT, (2017)
"How I did this” - What Works Wednesday, Artist INC, Kansas City, MO, (2017)
Echo Project- Up to Date with Steve Kraske- NPR (2016)
Workshops and Residences
Center for Fine Art Photography - Fort Collins, CO (2018) Portfolio Development
Indian Wood Middle School- Shawnee, KS (2014) Environmental Artist in Residence
Artist Inc 1 & 2- Kansas City, MO (2012-2014)
Awards and Grants
Center for Fine Art Photography- honorable mention (2018)
Spiva Center for the Arts- honorable mention (2018)
ARTSKC- Inspiration Grant (2016)
ADDY- American Advertising Association, Website presentation (2013)
ADDY- American Advertising Association, color photography (2010)