Teresa Christiansen was born and raised in New York City by an art teacher and a curator of European paintings. Much of her childhood was spent sitting on museum benches with colored pencils. She studied psychology and painting as an undergraduate in Maine at Bates College, and moved back to NYC to work as an Assistant Photographer in the Photograph Studio of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for nine years, where she photographed art objects ranging from Walker Evans’ postcard collection to Andy Goldsworthy’s roof garden installation. While working at the Met, she completed her MFA in photographic studies at ICP-Bard in 2008 and went on to teach at the International Center of Photography. Teresa now lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 2007 she was selected as a winner of PDN Photo Annual. She has exhibited her work widely, including New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and LA. Most recently she has shown work at Newspace Center for Photography, in the Philadelphia Photo Art Center’s Annual Exhibition, and through Blue Sky Gallery’s 2013 Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers. Curators Amani Olu, Laura Moya and Elizabeth Leach have chosen her work for recent group shows in Brooklyn, Middlebury, VT and Portland, OR respectively. In 2013 she received an individual artist grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council to fund the solo exhibition of Portland Porches in Portland, and to self publish a book under the same title.