Krista Elrick has more than thirty-five years’ experience as an exhibiting artist and activist. She considers herself a catalyst who initiates conversations about environmental change, particularly in the United States. Elrick has worked with scientists and Native peoples throughout her career, all of who have helped her to continually reframe and refine her ideas about time and narrative.
Elrick holds a B.A in Visual Anthropology from Hampshire College (1980) and an M.F.A. in Photography from Arizona State University (1990). She is also the recipient of numerous fellowships including Jay and Deborah Last Visiting Fellowship for Creative Artists from The American Antiquarian Society (2016) and a Chairman’s Action Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts (1994), as well as Artist Residencies from Everglades National Park in Florida (2012) and the John James Audubon Museum in Henderson, Kentucky (2011).
Her work has been featured in several books, including Art In the Making, by Christopher Benson(Fisher Press, 2021); Imagine a City that Remembers: The Albuquerque Rephotographic Project, by Anthony Anella and Mark Childs (University of New Mexico Press, 2018), Grasslands / Separating Species, with photographs by Krista Elrick, Dana Fritz, David Taylor, Jo Whaley and Michael Berman, and essays by Mary Anne Redding, William deBuys, and Rebecca Solnit (Radius Books 2010), and Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe (Museum of New Mexico Press 2009), which she co-edited with Mary Anne Redding. A Country No More: Rediscovering the Landscapes of John James Audubon, with essays by Gregory Nobles and Mary Anne Redding, and a conversation with the author by Joanna Hurley and Mary Anne Redding (forthcoming from George F. Thompson Publishing Spring 2021) is her first solo book.
Of Ashkenazi-Russian and Guatemalan-German heritage, Elrick has made Santa Fe, New Mexico, her home for nearly thirty years, along with her husband, artist John M. Blanchard. Together they built Mayancita Studios where they continue to produce their creative projects.