MFA, Mass Communications and Media Arts, Southern Illinois University,
BFA, Photography, University of Notre Dame
Sarah C. Midkiff earned her BFA in photography from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Mass Communications and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University. Her photographic work explores communication and gender, confronting the largely unconscious spaces in which reality and language construct each other. Midkiff has taught a wide range of image-making courses, from 19th century photographic techniques to commercial studio lighting, at Southern Illinois University, the City University of New York, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including recent shows at Candela Gallery and Studio 23 in Richmond, VA, Twilight Gallery in Seattle, WA, and featured in the online magazines, Lenscratch and Don’t Take Pictures. Utilizing her expertise in alternative processes, Midkiff and a team of fellow artists at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond competed for the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records’ largest cyanotype, measuring in at approximately 1500 square feet. Currently, Midkiff is an academic advisor for the Departments of Photography, Film, Cinema and Kinetic Imaging at VCU and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photography.