Kris Sanford grew up in southeast Michigan and received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She received her MFA in photography from Arizona State University, where she served as art editor for Hayden's Ferry Review.
Kris has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including group exhibitions in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, London, Miami, and New York. In 2010 she was awarded a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and her work was selected by the Phoenix Public Art Program for the 2011 installment of the 7th Avenue Streetscape Panels. In 2015 Kris was invited to be one of six participating artists in the third round of Crusade for Art's CSA program. Kris was selected as a finalist for the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015 and her photographs have been featured in Fraction Magazine, Light Leaked, and Slate. She is represented by Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, Texas and Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Kris has taught photography classes at several institutions, including Washtenaw Community College, Arizona State University, and Glendale Community 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.