Myra Greene

Myra Greene, Untitled (Ref. #10) from Character Recognition, 2006-2007.

Myra Greene, BFA97

Myra Greene is an artist and educator who engages photography and abstraction as a means of cultural storytelling. In her diverse creative practice, she explores depictions of race, representation, and identity politics. For Character Recognition (2006-2007), Greene employed a historic photographic process linked to the times of ethnographic classification to create unique ambrotypes. In My White Friends, published by Kehrer Verlag in 2012, color photographs read as benign portraits of a cross section of white American life, yet the impetus of their creation lies in the undercurrent of racial description. By photographing friends, peers, and mentors, Greene explores whether photography can capture and describe the nuances of whiteness while questioning photography’s role in the creation of stereotype, and the performance of racial identity.

Greene's work has been featured nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, including the New York Public Library, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Williams College Museum of Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Museum of the African Diaspora, SculptureCenter, and Corvi-Mora Gallery in London. In 2008, she received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in photography, and she has completed residencies at Light Work and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Born in New York City, Greene earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in 1997 and her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Atlanta, where she is the director of the photography program in the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College. This past fall, she launched the College's new photography major.