Bio

Cassandra is a fine art and commercial photographer and digital artist.  Through her photography, she explored the wonders of light as well as her community.  Her fine art photography is exhibited throughout the northeast from Maryland Art Place to Garrison Art Center in New York.  Her photography reflects a passion for light and coincidences in time (the poetry of every day).

 

Cassandra collaborates with researchers in American Religious studies to document spirituality in the media age, and her documentary photography is published in Forthcoming in Practical Spiritualties in the Media Age. She is also part of the West Baltimore neighborhood and has documented the community and its visual culture.  Her photographs exploring Baltimore’s neighborhoods have been exhibited in several Baltimore galleries including Claypots, Towson Arts Collective, Bromo Arts, and Sowebo Art Inc.

 

Several years into her photography career, she decided to share her knowledge of photography and digital arts in the classroom. It was in New York that Cassandra started working as an educator in the arts while continuing her work as a professional photographer.  She received her Masters in Art Teaching at the School of Visual Arts. Later in 2008, she moved to Baltimore to receive her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art, while working in secondary education, and later moved into higher education at Community College of Baltimore County and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. During this time, she developed her love for lecturing and theory.  Cassandra used her expertise in photography to teach techniques, theory, and history in the classroom. 

 

She has 16 years of experience in education.  She currently works in an independent school in Annapolis, Maryland as fine art, digital arts, and photography educator. She is passionate about the pedagogy of art, using photography and the digital medium to develop higher-level intellectual and creative skills.

Group/Solo Art Shows

GROUP/SOLO ART SHOWS (Solo shows marked by an *) 

Strong City Baltimore, Wind-up Space Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2017 

Member Show, Gallery@1101, Baltimore, Maryland, 2017 

Portraits of the Garden 2: Bloom!, Sturt Haaga Gallery, La Cañada Flintridge, California, 2017 

Development without Displacement, Hal Gomer Gallery, Chesapeake Art Center, 194 Hammonds Ln, Brooklyn, Maryland, 2016 

*Flowers, Claypots Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2015 

Dedication 2014 Faculty Show, Trojan Gallery, Rosedale, Maryland, 2014 

*October Exhibition, Sowebo’s Arts Inc. Baltimore, Maryland, 2014 

Photocentric 2014, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York, 2014 

Pop Up (Art Exhibition for Block Pop), Bromo Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014 

Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014 

Winter Show, Zella’s Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014 

Big Little Show, SOWEBO Arts Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 2013 

Photocentric 2011, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York, 2011 

Light-Struck: Abstract Photography Today, Photostop Gallery, White Junction,Vermont, 2011 

MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2011 

Third Year Show, Fox 3 Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010 

Social Change, Towson Art Collective, Baltimore, Maryland, 2010 

Teacher as Artist, Greenwood Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland 2009 

*Surfaces, Balance the Salon, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009 

Second/Third Year Show, The Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009 

Green Exhibition, Towson Art Collective, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009 

Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore Maryland, 2009 

New Directions ‘07, The Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, 2007 

Artist Teacher/Teacher Artist, SVA Art Gallery, New York, New York, 2006 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY IN PUBLICATIONS  

Gray-Hildenbrand, Jenna and Martha Smith Roberts. Finding Religion, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions Volume 22, Issue 3. The Regents of the 

University of California, 2019. pages 36-59. (Cover image and 5 photographs in article documenting research) 

 

Gray-Hildenbrand, Jenna and Martha Smith Roberts. "Hooping Spiritualties: Embodied Experience and Communities of Practice.” Curtis Coats and Monica Emerich, eds. Forthcoming in Practical Spiritualties in the Media Age. Bloomsbury UK Press. London,UK, 2015. pages 67-87. (6 photographs documenting the research and events) 

 

PRESENTATION 

“Community Art and Building Community.”  Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Saint Mary’s City, Maryland, October 2014 

 

“Experiences with Light Creating Space.” Graduate MFA Summer Presentations, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2011 

2010 - present

Education

2008-2011               Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore, MD

                              Masters of Fine Arts (4-year low-residency program)

                              Certificate of College Teaching

 

2005-2006             School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

                         Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education

 

1998-2003             Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

                         Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design

                             Concentration: Photography

2010 - present