I am interested in the intersection of art and science and how the two disciplines coalesce to engage both the mind and the heart to invoke social change as well as promote community and well-being.

Award-winning photographer whose work has been recognized and exhibited internationally. Featured in highly respected publications, like LenscultureCommunication Arts, Don't Take Pictures, Split Lip Magazine, Pro Photo DailyCOOPH, The Woven Tale Press, and West Trade Review. Awarded the Juror's Award and Director's Award from PhotoPlace Gallery,  Director's Honorable Mention at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Honorable Mention award from The Prix de la Photographie Paris, PX3, and Second Place Award at the Photo Biennial of Szeklerland. Select works are represented at The Portland Art Museum's Rental Sales Gallery. 

Academy of Art University
June 2011 - May 2016
MFA Fine Art Photography 2016
Portfolio Award upon graduation
Teresa Meier CreativeArtist Residency in Sanquhar, Scotland
Kolaj Institute
Sept. 2022 - Oct. 2022

Created works inspired by the mythology and folklore of the Upper Nithsdale region while in Sanquhar, Scotland. Work to be published in book and exhibited at the Knoxville Museum of Art

Oregon State University Visiting Lecturer
Corvallis, Oregon
Nov. 2020 - Nov. 2020

Guest lectured for Julia Bradshaw's introductory photography course on photographing the self and the use of the form and gesture in narrative photography

The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Visiting Artist
Concord, MA
2018 - 2019

The Umbrella Artcubator awarded studio space for the purposes of experimentation and expansion of skills, which included traditional illustration and bookmaking. I expanded audience engagement with my and others' work and encouraged public appreciation and understanding of art by actively participating in open-studio events and gallery exhibitions.

Society for Photographic Education, Artist Talk, Workshop Instructor
Corvallis, OR & Fairbanks, AK
2017 - 2019

Presented an ongoing body of work, Collective Inventions, at regional SPE conference. The talk centered around my photographic practice from concept development to presentation, with a particular focus on the visual development of narrative and story-telling. Taught workshop on designing and constructing a custom portfolio case

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Instructor
Otis, OR
2017 - 2017

Created and taught an introductory level class intended to bring more meaning to any photographic practice. Through creative writing exercises students were encouraged to explore how their own personal histories and experiences affect the way they interpret and see the world. The course focused on concept development, explained how to work with intent, and how to manipulate the aesthetic qualities of the photographic medium in order to express emotions. The course additionally demonstrated the cathartic potential of using the camera for self-expression and invited students to engage in the mindful practice of slowing and observing their surroundings in novel ways while hiking in the natural forest setting of the cascades.

Lightbox Laboratories, Founder/Instructor
Portland, OR
2013 - Current

Established and grew photography based art-therapy program dedicated to serving underprivileged and at-risk teens, resulting in students acquiring positive coping skills and reducing negative coping mechanisms such as self-harm. More broadly, the program increased diversity in the media landscape by targeting populations statistically and historically underrepresented within the field of photography.

In addition to to creating and teaching this program, I encouraged community engagement with the program and connected students with the world outside them in positive ways, by:

  • Encouraging community engagement, service, and education by organizing and leading service tours at local community gardens
  • Promoting well-being and environmental appreciation by organizing and leading outdoor recreation/hiking trips
  • Increasing students' awareness of contemporary and working photographers by organizing and coordinating volunteer guest speakers
  • Providing hands-on teaching experience to college students by recruiting, supervising, and mentoring before and during program 
  • Promoting program by designing, building, and launching website
  • Encouraging community participation by organizing and scheduling annual professional gallery exhibit at Newspace Center for Photography 
  • Acquiring fiscal sponsorship with non-profit status and networking to secure monetary and in-kind community support from companies such as Wieden+Kennedy

The Art Institute of PortlandFoundation Portfolio, Adjunct Photography Instructor
Portland, OR
2017 - 2018

Taught students to produce a visually compelling and branded portfolio of original work for print and digital media platforms that demonstrated a knowledge of industry standards, career specialization, while also being reflective of their personal styles and vision. Provided material on and prompted discussion of contemporary and historical photographic practices as well as organized panel discussion with local professional photographers giving students the opportunity to articulate how they placed themselves and their work within an historical and cultural context.

Intermediate Printing, Adjunct Photography Instructor
Portland, OR
2017 - 2018

Taught the printing process from digital capture to inkjet printer utilizing Photoshop software and professional Canon printers, including how to properly calibrate their workstation and install custom icc profiles for effective color management. Provided space for experimentation by supplying students with a variety of papers and designed projects to introduce them to a variety of printing techniques. Taught workflow designed to produce high-quality prints and discussed final presentation methods. Coordinated with the school gallery to give students hands-on experience in hanging and curating a show, as well as the opportunity to present their own work.

Advanced Photo Illustration, Adjunct Photography Instructor
Portland, OR
2016 - 2017

Taught students advanced editing techniques, building on previous Photoshop experience. Encouraged a collaborative environment by structuring lessons in teams and allowing students to run demonstrations facilitated by me. Designed editing and composite projects that allowed students to apply learned knowledge and skills while still encouraging them to exercise individual creativity. The course not only covered technical problems with an emphasis on innovative solutions, but also guided students in concept and narrative development supported by a mastering of aesthetics with a strong emphasis on the intent of the work.

Professional Development GrantCultural Arts Foundation Northwest
Sept. 2022

Travel grant awarded to participate in residency with the Kolaj Institute in Sanquhar, Scotland

Honorable MentionPrix de la Photographie

Teresa Meier of United States was Awarded Honorable Mention for multiple entries in the Professional Self-Portraiture category at Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3). 

Best of ShowYoung Photographers' Alliance
Dec. 2015

Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest

Director's Award - James BarkerPhotoPlace Gallery

Complicity, 2020 Director's Award

Editor's PickCommunication Arts

Work showcased in Communication Arts

Honorable MentionPrix de la Photographie
Juror's Award - Emma PowellPhotoPlace Gallery
Director's Honorable Mention - Hamidah GlasgowThe Center for Fine Art Photography
Second Place AwardThe 3rd Photo Biennial of Szeklerland 2017

The Approach Takes Second Place at The 3rd Photo Biennial of Szeklerland 2017.

Ringholz ScholarshipsAmy Ringholz
Taking Focus Fiscal Sponsorship AwardTaking Focus, Inc

Awarded Fiscal Sponsorship Award for work with Light Box Laboratories, a photography-based art-therapy program for at-risk and underprivileged youth.

Selected Publications and Exhibitions
Art Chowder MagazineFeature Article
Sept. 2022 - Oct. 2022
Split Lip MagazineCover
Lensculture Feature
Pro Photo Daily
Don't Take Pictures
West Trade Review
Communication Arts
The Woven Tale Press, Vol. 9
Works contributed to the Oregon Historical Society
Group Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions
Apr. 2020 - July 2020

Griffin Museum of PhotographyCollective Inventions - Cancelled due to Covid-19

Group Exhibitions
2012 - 2023

Knoxville Museum of Art, 2023

Southeast Center for Photography, 2021

Don't Take Pictures, A Show of Hands, 2020

Don't Take Pictures, The View From Here, 2020

Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, 2020

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Director's Award, 2020

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror's Award, 2019
Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord, MA, 2019
The Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR, 2019
The Wickford Art Association, Greenwich, RI, 2018
The Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Portland, OR, 2018
Prix De La Photographie Paris, PX3, Honorable Mention, 2018
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Director's Honorable Mention, 2018
The Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2017
The 3rd Photo Biennial of Szeklerland, Second Place Award, 2017
Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, Portfolio Showcase, 2017
SPE Tahoe CoLab Exhibition, Tahoe, CA, 2017
Light Leaked, Constructing Narrative, 2017
Millepiani, Loosen Art, Rome, Italy, 2017
Reclaim Photography Festival, UK, 2017
Ube Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 2017
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, 2016
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, Portfolio Award, 2016
Calumet Studios, New York, NY, Best of Show, 2015
Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, OR, 2014
Chemeketa, Salem, OR, 2013
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, 2013
Lightbox Gallery, Astoria, OR, 2013
Pushdot Studios, Portland, OR, Best of Show, 2012
Calumet Studios, New York, NY, 2012
Margaret Street Gallery, London, England, 2012
The Art Institute of Portland Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012