Myra Greene is an American artist who has worked on a number of projects, mostly photographic. Among them are Hairy Projects, The Beautiful Ones, Character Recognition, Self Portraits, My White Friends, and Sketches for Something. Through her work, Greene prompts thought-provoking questions about how individuals are often judged based on skin color and other physical characteristics rather than on their character. Greene’s introspective and race-conscious collections have been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions across the country and have gained national recognition in the media, including a New York Times spotlight piece for her collection “My White Friends” in 2012.
Born in 1975 in New York City and growing up in Harlem, Myra Green received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis (1997) and her M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico (2002). She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago, and her photography collections have been featured regularly in national exhibitions, galleries, and museums since 2009