Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan. She received her MFA in photography from Arizona State University in 2005, where she served as art editor for Hayden's Ferry Review. Kris has exhibited her work nationally, including group exhibitions at Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), Soho Photo Gallery (New York, NY), Artspace Gallery (Richmond, VA), Photoplace Gallery (Middlebury, VT), The Academy of Fine Arts (Lynchburg, VA), Victoria College (Victoria, TX), and Chowan University (Murfreesboro, NC). She was an active member of the Phoenix arts community for several years and had numerous solo exhibitions there. In 2010 she was awarded a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and exhibited her work at the museum in May 2011. Her work was selected by the Phoenix Public Art Program for the 2011 installment of the 7th Avenue Streetscape Panels. Kris has taught photography classes at Washtenaw Community College, Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, and Phoenix College. She is currently an assistant professor at Central Michigan University. Her art explores intimate relationships, specifically queer desire, through the use of appropriated images and text.