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Kris Graves ’04

Kris Graves ’04 is an artist and publisher based in New York and London.

A photo by Graves was featured on the cover of National Geographic’s 2020 Year in Pictures issue.

He has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; and The Wedge Collection, Toronto.

Graves also sits on the board of Blue Sky Gallery: Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland; and The Architectural League of New York as Vice President of Photography.

Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.

Graves is currently an adjunct professor at The New School / Parsons School of Design, New York.


Brooklyn Museum, New York
Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Wedge Collection, Toronto, Canada


2019 Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, New York


2017 Anne Wilkes Tucker Young Photographers Endowment, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Aperture Portfolio Prize Shortlist, Aperture Foundation, New York
Juror’s Selection, Center Forward 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

Exhibitions / Performances

Solo / Two-Person Exhibitions

TBD, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Testament Project, Austin Central Library, Texas

Testaments, Peddie School, New Jersey

The Testament Project, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
The Testament Project, Art on Paper X Sasha Wolf Projects, New York, New York

The Testament Project, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
The Testament Project, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Testament Project, NorteMaar, Brooklyn, New York
The Testament Project, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Discovered Missing, Pocket Utopia, New York

Permanence, Pocket Utopia, New York

Second Nature w/ Kared Rudd, Baang & Burne Contemporary, New York

A Queens Affair w/ Eric Hairabedian, Farmani Gallery, New York