Chris Ireland is an exhibiting artist and educator, originally from Cleveland, OH. Chris has been interested in photography ever since he risked being grounded as a child when he took his mother’s cherished 35mm Canon AE-1 camera to school without her permission. She not only didn’t ground him but supported his education that lead to a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2003) and an MFA in Digital Media at Washington State University (2007). Ireland lives and works in the Fort Worth, TX area, where he is currently a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Design at Tarleton State University.
His current research is based on representations of family and personal experience through the vernacular of photography. His works have been featured in exhibitions at numerous venues both nationally and internationally, including the Center of Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, CO, Filter Photo Space in Chicago, IL, Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York, NY, the San Antonio Public Library, and the Houston Center for Photography. Chris was a member of 500x Gallery in Dallas, TX.