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b. 1971, American

Michna-Bales’ work explores the relationships between what has occurred, or is occurring, in a society and how people react to those events. She meticulously researches each topic — considering different viewpoints, causes and effects, and political climates — and often incorporates found or archival text and audio into her projects.

Whether exploring the darkened stations along the Underground Railroad, long-forgotten nuclear fallout shel- ters, or the invisible epicenters of environmental turmoil, her work seeks out places that are hidden in plain sight, each with its own story begging to be told and lessons waiting to be shared.

Images from her Underground Railroad series have appeared in group shows around the United States, including Moving Walls 23: Journeys at Open Society Foundations in New York City and Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape at MOCA | Jacksonville. Her work has also been featured in numerous online blogs and publications, including In Sight by The Washington Post, a broadcast special on the Underground Railroad by NBC in Washington D.C., Transition from Harvard University,

Geo Historie, Lenscratch, and Wired Raw File. A publication of the Underground Railroad series,

Through Darkness to Light, will be released in February of 2017 by Princeton Architectural Press and will be part of a traveling exhibition that will tour throughout the U.S. and Canada for five years. Michna-Bales was most recently awarded the 2016 Documentarian of The American South Collection Award from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. She was given the top Portfolio Review Prize at PhotoNOLA 2015, resulting in a solo show at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2016. She was also part of Critical Mass Top 50 of 2014, among other awards and honors.

Solo Exhibitions

2017      Through Darkness to Light; Jefferson School African American History Center;

                         Charlottesville, VA; Mar. 22nd - Jun. 15th

             Through Darkness to Light; Photographs Do Not Bend; Dallas, TX; February

              Through Darkness to Light; Arnika Dawkins Gallery; Atlanta, GA; February

2016      PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Prize; New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery; New Orleans, LA; Dec.

2015      Through Darkness to Light; Denison Museum; Granville, OH

Traveling Exhibitions

2017 - 2022     Through Darkness to Light; The Underground Railroad: Photographs of a Path to Freedom;     

                         Mid-America Arts Alliance

                         Evanston History Center; Evanston, IL; Jan. 28th - Mar. 16th, 2017

                         Fort Smith Regional Art Museum; Fort Smith, AR; Apr. 6th - May 25th, 2017

                         Griot Museum of Black History; St. Louis, MO; Jun. 16th - Aug. 11th, 2017

                         St. Lawrence University, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery; Canton, NY; Sept. 1st - Oct. 20th, 2017                              

                         Museum of History and Art Ontario; Ontario, CA; Nov. 10th, 2017 - Jan. 7th, 2018

                         Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council; Texarkana, TX; Jan. 28th - Mar. 16th, 2018

                         Panola College; Carthage, TX; Apr. 6th - May 25th, 2018

                         Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center; Portsmouth, VA; Jun. 16th - Oct. 20th, 2018

                         Alexandria Black History Museum; Alexandria, VA; Jan. 28th - Mar. 16th, 2019

                         West Baton Rouge Museum; Port Allen, LA; Apr. 6th - May 25th, 2019

                         Delta Cultural Center; Helena, AR; Jun. 16th - Aug. 11th, 2019

                         Canton Museum of Art; Canton, OH; Sept. 1st - Oct. 20th, 2019

                         Gorman Discovery Center; Kansas City, MO; Nov. 10th - Jan. 7th, 2020

                         Upcountry History Museum; Greenville, SC; Jan. 28th - May 25th, 2020

                         Bell County Museum; Belton, TX; Sept. 1st - Oct. 20th, 2020

Group Exhibitions

2016        Frack-tured; Perspectives; Longview Museum of Fine Arts; Longview, TX; Jan. 16th – Feb. 20th

                Through Darkness to Light; Moving Walls 23: Journeys; Open Society Foundations;

                    Washington D.C.; Dates TBD

2015       Frack-tured; Newspace Now: 2015 Members’ Salon; Newspace Center for Photography;

                         Portland, OR

                 Through Darkness to Light; Critical Mass Top 50; GuatePhoto International Photography Festival;

                         Antigua, Guatemala

                 Through Darkness to Light; Moving Walls 23: Journeys; Open Society Foundations; New York, NY;

                         Oct. 2015 - Sept. 2016

                 Through Darkness to Light; Southern Exposure: Portraits of a Changing Landscape;

                         Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL

2014         Fallout; 2014 Atomic STEaM Photography Show; The National Museum of Nuclear Science &

                         History; Albuquerque, NM

                 Through Darkness to Light; Newspace Now: 2014 Members’ Salon; Newspace Center for

                         Photography; Portland, OR

                 Through Darkness to Light; The Curve; CENTER Award Winners Traveling Show;

                         Colorado Photographic Arts Center; Denver, CO

                 Through Darkness to Light and Fallout; 32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition;

                         Juror Malcolm Daniel; Houston Center for Photography; Houston, TX

                 Through Darkness to Light; Photowork ‘14; Juror Karen Haas; The Barrett Art Center;

                         Poughkeepsie, NY

                 Through Darkness to Light; The Curve; CENTER Award Winners Show; Center for

                         Contemporary Arts; Santa Fe, NM

                 Through Darkness to Light; NOPA Member’s Exhibition; New Orleans Photo Alliance;

                         New Orleans, LA


                 Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University; Museum of Fine Arts | Houston – gift from

                         Joan Morgenstern; and Various Private Collections


2016        Through Darkness to Light; 2016 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award:

                         Documentarians of The American South; Duke University

                Frack-tured; Honorable Mention; Perspectives Group Exhibition; Longview Museum of Fine Arts;

                         Longview, TX

2015        2015 PhotoNOLA Review Prize; First Place; New Orleans Photo Alliance; New Orleans, LA

                Through Darkness to Light; 2015 Lange-Taylor Prize Semifinalist; Center for Documentary Studies;

                         Duke University

2014        Through Darkness to Light; 2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist;

                         Center for Documentary Studies; Duke University

                Through Darkness to Light; 2014 CDS/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist;

                         Center for Documentary Studies; Duke University

                Fallout; 2nd Place Award; 2014 Atomic STEaM Photography Show; The National Museum of

                         Nuclear Science & History Critical Mass Top 50; Photolucida; Portland, OR

                Through Darkness to Light; 2014 Lange-Taylor Prize Semifinalist; Center for Documentary Studies;

                         Duke University Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria; Juror Malcolm Daniel;

                         Houston Center for Photography

                         Review Santa Fe Scholarship Recipient; CENTER; (Juried Review)

                Through Darkness to Light; CENTER 2014 Choice Award Winner; First Place,

                         Gallerist’s Choice; Juror Steffi Schulze


2017        Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad; Trade Publication;

                         Princeton Architectural Press; Release Date February 7, 2017

2016        THREE PROJECTS: An Overview; Self-Published; Edition One Books; Dec. 2016


2017        Virginia Quarterly Review; Through Darkness to Light: Visions of the Underground Railroad;

                         Winter 2017

2016        Harper’s Magazine; New Books and Book Review Section; Volume 332 Number 1992; May 2016

                Wordt ver volgd; Amnesty International; Picture of the Month; Volume 49 Issue 03; March 2016

2015       Transition Magazine; Harvard University; Bras-Coupé; Issue 117; 2015

              Spot Magazine; Houston Center for Photography; Spotlight; Spring 2015

2014       Geo Histoire Magazine; La Grande Évasion; December 2014 - January 2015


2016        Lenscratch; Art + Science: Jeanine Michna-Bales; October 8th

                NBC4 Washington D.C.; Journey to Freedom: Commemorating Black History Month; March 10th

                Blink from Vantage; To Photograph People Not as Victims, But as Agents of Change;

                         February 15th

                 In Sight by The Washington Post; What It Was Like to Walk in the Shoes of America’s Slaves;

                         February 1st

2015        PDN Photo of the Day; Decisition to Leave from Through Darkness to Light; December 30th

                WJCT Radio; American South Gets Portrait Taken in MOCA’s ‘Southern Exposure’

                         Photography Show; May 18th

2014        Fstoppers; ‘From Darkness to Light’ Documents Journey from Slavery to Freedom Along the

                         Underground Railroad; December 26th

                The Dish; Shining Light On The Underground Railroad; January 19th

                Feature Shoot; Riveting Photos Trace the Historic Underground Railroad at Night;

                         September 30th

                A Photo Editor; The Best Work I Saw at Review Santa Fe ‘14; September 2nd

                Canada AM; Photographing the Underground Railroad; July 16th

                Wired Raw File; Haunting Underground Railroad Images Retrace the Steps of

                         Fleeing Slaves; July 10th

                Wired Raw File; This is Where Americans Planned to Spend the Nuclear Holocaust; June 4th

                Lenscratch; The CENTER Awards: Gallerist’s Choice 1st Place Winner:

                         Jeanine Michna-Bales; May 20th

Visiting Artist/Lectures

2015        Press Panel Discussion and Artist Talk; Open Society Foundations; New York, NY

                Artist Talk and Visiting Artist Guest Lecturer; Denison Museum and Denison University;

                         Granville, OH

2014        Artist Talk; The Curve Group Exhibition; CENTER Award Winners Traveling Show;

                         Colorado Photographic Arts Center; Denver, CO

                Artist Talk; 32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition; Houston Center for Photography;

                         Houston, TX Artist Talk; Review Santa Fe; CENTER; Santa Fe, NM


2016        FotoFest Portfolio Review Participant; Houston, TX

2015        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant; New Orleans, LA

2014        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant; New Orleans,

                LA Review Santa Fe 100; CENTER; Santa Fe, NM (Juried Review)

                FotoFest Portfolio Review Participant; Houston, TX

2013        PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Participant; New Orleans, LA

Professional Affiliations

               Aperture; Art Photo Index; Blue Sky; CENTER (Review Santa Fe);

               Colorado Photographic Arts Center; Filter Photo; Houston Center for Photography;

               Humble Arts Foundation; LensCulture; Lenswork; Los Angeles Center of Photography;

               New Orleans Photo Alliance; Newspace Center for Photography; Photo Center NW;

               Texas Photographic Society; The Center for Fine Art Photography;

               The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Education and Workshops

2016        Presenting Data and Information; Edward Tufte; Dallas, TX

2015        Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class; Mary Virginia Swanson; Tucson, AZ

2014        Adobe Photoshop Workshop; Charles Cramer; Dallas, TX

2013        Adobe Lightroom Workshop; Michael Frye; Dallas, TX

                Lenswork Road Show; Brooks Jensen; Lenswork Publishing, Dallas, TX

2012        Canon EOS Immersion Seminar; Houston, TX

2002-2004     Continuing Education Photography Classes; Dianne Jones; San Francisco Art Institute;

                         San Francisco, CA

2003        Continuing Education Photography Class; Todd Hido; California College of the Arts;

                         Oakland, CA

2002         Documentary Photography Workshop; Darcy Padilla; San Francisco, CA

2001         Photography Classes; Master’s Level; Art Institute; San Francisco, CA

1995-1996     Art Direction Student; Portfolio Center; Atlanta, GA; Miami Ad School; Miami Beach, FL

1994          High Honors; Bachelor of Science in Advertising; Minor in Art; University of Florida


2012 - present Contemporary Photographer; Dallas, TX

2004 - 2014       Freelance Art Direction; Design and Production; Ad agencies and Magazines; Dallas, TX

1996 - 2004       Advertising Art Director; Ad Agencies; Miami, FL; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX

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