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Art Professor’s “New Media” Displayed Throughout Valley and Beyond

Krista Steinke Finch’s creative talent expressed in photography, video, and film

Bethlehem, Pa., January 27, 2005—January was “a good art month” for Krista Steinke Finch, assistant professor of art (new media), at Moravian College. She’s is enjoying a prolific winter season as her work is being featured in numerous exhibits throughout the Lehigh Valle and on the cover of a national magazine.

Steinke, who joined the studio art faculty of Moravian in 2003, is a photographer, videographer, and filmmaker who manipulates, alters, and transforms her material to make its statements more powerful and pointed. Her work, explains her website, “explores the interface between technology and issues of culture, identity, memory, and personal experience.”

She builds photo collages, for instance, to set images alongside or against one another, letting each one comment on those around it. Or she may draw with a crayon or felt-tip pen on a frame of film or video, as in the attached frame from “349 Utopia Drive,” in which she denies the appeal of the American suburban home with a large, sarcastic X across a photograph of such a house.

In January, her work was shown around the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

    • A video installation, “349 Utopia Drive,” by Steinke and her husband and artistic partner, Sherman Finch, is part of the show “Sheltered,” about different modes of human protection from weather and outsiders, at the Grossman Gallery, Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College. This is her second appearance in a group show at the Grossman; the first was “Sheltered.” The exhibit closes Sunday, January 30.

    • “100 Kisses,” another collaborative video installation, is in the show “Torrid” at Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University. This exhibit is about “extreme heat” both physical and emotional. It closes February 27.

    • Steinke’s video “American Carwash” is in the 2005 Vidfest, a film and video festival running through February 24 at the Museum of New Art in Detroit. It will be “looped” throughout the festival, which began January 15.

In February, her work goes farther afield.

    • “American Carwash” will be shown at “Gender in Motion,” an exhibit at the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, part of the College Art Association convention in Atlanta, February 15-19.

    • Her photo collage, “Weekly Pills,” will be featured on the February cover of PLoS Medicine, a journal of the Public Library of Science in San Francisco, with a brief article about her creative process inside.

“We find Krista’s work to be a perfect match for our journal,” said Liana Holmberg, art director for the Public Library of Science’s magazines. “Each month we feature a fine artist’s work on the cover, and the pieces we select all relate to or comment upon aspects of global health and medicine. Krista’s work, ‘Weekly Pills,’ is a terrific example of art meeting science. It’s a visually sophisticated and compelling examination of how medication affects people’s lives.”

Steinke Finch holds a B.A. in art and the advanced humanities from Valparaiso University, a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an M.F.A. in photography and digital imaging from the Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally at such venues as the TIXE gallery, Gallery 408, and the School of Visual Arts, New York: City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, New Jersey; Cornell University; Rutgers University; Mansfield University (Pennsylvania); Tower Gallery at SUNY/Brockport; Women Made Gallery in Chicago; Engine Performance Exhibition Space, The Maryland Governor’s Mansion, Maryland Institute, College of Art, ARTSCAPE, Maryland Art Place, Maryland Federation of Art, and Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, all in Baltimore; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Brauer Museum of Art, Indiana.

She is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a United University Professional’s grant in 2003 and a Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship in 2000. Her work is included in many public and private collections including the Brauer Museum of Art in Indiana and Engine Performance Space in Baltimore. Her art work is featured on the covers of Crossing Boundaries and A Philosophical Disease, both published by Routledge Publishing.

Krista Steinke Finch has taught classes in photography, video, and digital media at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore School of the Arts, State University of New York at Brockport, Mansfield University, and Ursinus College.