Kimberly Chiaris received her BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. She currently lives in Colorado. Her interest lies mainly in personal story telling through hand made processes. She blends historical imagery with contemporary imagery in hopes of creating a visual conversation that transcends time as well as speaks into the future. Her practices often involve digital composites combined with analog and alternative processes that include elements of mixed media. Her focus is primarily on themes of origin and identity and how trace memory, emotions, time and culture shape and shift our understanding of history.

She has recently exhibited in FotoFest, SE Center for Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery, L.A. Photo Curator, Art Intersection, The Hand Magazine, Candela Books and Gallery. She had been interviewed by RFotoFolio online gallery. Recent awards include, Juror Selection in Amanda Smith Gallery-Blue 2- Juror: Melanie Walker ; Honorable Mention in PhotoPlace Gallery-Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary- Juror: Kate Breakey; 1st Place and online interview with L. A. PhotoCurator-The Tangible Photograph-Juror: Blue Mitchell.

Kimberly also loves teaching and igniting curiosity in people through art processes. She has taught numerous photo based art classes and workshops at Universities, Colleges, Museums, galleries, Artist associations and nonprofit organizations.


Stories put us in touch with our origins, binding us to a collective culture and set a context for understanding ourself and our history. Stories bring identity and add significance to our personal and collective existence. I am interested in the shifting fluidity of how our Story is told over time and how memory plays a malleable and emotional role in the telling and shaping of these recollections.

I am on a quest to mine new anecdotes that arise from family conversations, photographs and inherited treasures. Out of these accumulated artifacts and stories, I extract new narratives to present as fresh visual tableaux. I blend digital contemporary imagery and ideas with historical relics to create a new folklore that transcends a chronological timeline. This series of work contains a mix of imagination, facts and recollections that invite a dialogue concerning trace memory, identity, origin, ancestry and history.



The Hand Magazine

Issue 25
Jurors - Adam Finkelston & James Meara

The Image Flow

Mill Valley, California
4th Annual Alternative Process Photography Exhibition
Jurors - M. Jastrab, Christina Z. Anderson, Unai San Martin, and The Image Flow

The Bath House

Dallas, Texas
The Intentional Hand:
A Photographic Exhibition of Manipulated Images Photography Program at Greenhill


Online Interview/Gallery

Ft.Worth Community Art Center

Haunted Archive Curator - Ellie Ivanova

Wichita Falls Museum of Art

Wichita Falls, Texas
Diversity: Alternative Paths in Contemporary Photography with Shootapalooza Collective
Curator - Gary Goldberg


Center for Fine Art Photography

Center Forward Ft. Collins, CO

Candela Books + Gallery

Richmond, Virginia
Unbound 7
Curators - Gordon Stettinius and Ashby Nickerson

Art Intersection

Gilbert, AZ Light Sensitive 2018 Juror - Scott B. Davis

The Hand Magazine

Issue 20, 21

L.A. PhotoCurator

The Tangible Photograph

Juror - Blue Mitchell
Awarded 1st Place and online Interview


Amanda Smith Gallery

Johnson City, TX Unique-Alternative Process Juror - Christina Z Anderson

PhotoPlace Gallery

Middlebury, VT
Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary Juror - Kate Breakey

Awarded Honorable Mention

The Hand Magazine

Issue 17 and Issue 18

South x South East Gallery

Molena, Georgia The Women’s Show
Juror-Molly Roberts

SE Center for Photography

Greenville, SC Alternative Processes
Juror: Jill Enfield


Amanda Smith Gallery

Johnson City, TX
Blue2 Juried Show

Juror - Melanie Walker

Awarded - Juror Selection for "A Short Story”

A Hope, Prayer, and a Dream FotoFest 2016
Houston, TX
Wheat Pasting Exhibition for Main Street Projects

Shootapalooza Collective
Jurors - Laura Corley Burlton and Martha Brasted Corn

Amanda Smith Gallery

Johnson City, Texas
Lumens Juried Show Juror - Vicki Richardson Reed

The Hand Magazine

Issues 15 and 16


Amanda Smith Gallery

Johnson City, Texas H20 Juried Show Juror- S. Gayle Stevens


Through the Lens: A collection of Fine Art Photographs

Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park Colorado Invitational Group Show


Photo De Novo

Ft. Collins, Colorado Two Person Invitational


Sierra Fine Art

Loveland, Colorado
Group Show/ Featured Artist in May

Studio 121

Loveland, Colorado Gallery Representation

Mosaic Gallery

Berthoud, Colorado Gathered Waters Solo Exhibition


Salon Bellissimo

Boulder, Colorado European Travel Journal Solo Exhibition


Kansas City Art Institute

Kansas City, Missouri Andiamo!

Carol Keller Gallery

Invitational Two-Person Exhibition Denver, Colorado

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Denver, Colorado Annual Members Exhibition


The Reality Gallery

Loveland, Colorado The Alternative Process Invitational Exhibition

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Denver, Colorado Annual Members Exhibition

The Market Street Gallery at Guiry’s

Denver, Colorado
The No Zone (A Traveling Exhibit) Invitational Exhibition


The HAND Magazine HM Hard Music Magazine Shots Magazine

RfotoFolio L.A. Photo Curator


L.A. PhotoCurator-The Tangible Photograph-Juror Award -1st Place PhotoPlace Gallery -Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary-Honorable Mention Amanda Smith Gallery-Blue2-Juror’s Selection

Colorado Photographic Arts Center -Personal Vision Award-Two Person Exhibition Kansas City Art Institute -Dean’s List of Academic Achievement

Kansas City Art Institute - Connie Griffith Memorial Photography Award for Outstanding Achievement


Colorado Photographic Art Center

Shootapalooza Photographic Collective
Center for Fine Art Photography Colorado Photographic Arts Center