Chris Dahlquist learned to use a camera and darkroom as she was learning to ride a bicycle and write in cursive. Originally from Fort Worth, she wrote her first artist statement on a Big Chief Tablet in phonetic Texan, claiming for herself a life of travel and “tacking pitchers.” She has held a camera in her hands ever since.
After spending the early part of her career in commercial photography and film, Dahlquist returned to her childhood proclamation and since 1998 has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Dahlquist has been awarded an Inspiration Grant from the Metropolitan Kansas City Arts Council and a Development Grant from the Mid-America Art Alliance.
In addition to her own studio practice, Dahlquist also works to help other artists build sustainable careers. She serves as an Artist Peer Facilitator in Artist Inc., a professional development program that helps artists across all disciplines. Dahlquist partnered with Kansas City, MO, the Kansas City Economic Development Council and AltCap: Alternative Capital for Community Impact to develop and launch an innovative artist micro-lending fund. And she frequently lectures both locally and nationally on a variety of business development topics for artists.
Chris Dahlquist, Mile Marker 641
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