Chris Ortiz



Chris Ortiz


Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Chris began his life-long relationship with photography at the age of six. Learning the art through his step-father, he quickly developed a love all art, including printmaking, painting, ceramics and art history. Chris made it a point to constantly have some medium of art throughout his life. Ultimately, he decided to pursue a bachelors in Art History at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. After graduation from Baker, Chris was early accepted to work on his masters of fine arts degree in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design, completing his MFA in November of 2017.

While at Baker University, Chris was employed through the university as the head curator/researcher at the Quayle Historic Bible Collection and Museum. While working at the museum for two years, he was able to curate the major exhibition of the 2013/2014 school year titled "Illuminating the Bible". This exhibition featured original illustration works by artist like Albrecht Durer, Jost Amman, William Blake, Petite Bernard, Virgil Solis, and others. For more information on this exhibition, please click on this link which will take you to the Fox 4 News story on the exhibition.

While at SCAD, his work focused mostly on Documentary photography while also working with the University of Kansas on one of his most recent major projects Portraits of Latinx Identity. This project was so successful that the university has applied for two more additional grants to expand the project further. His other project, Living with Sam, helps bring to the public eye invisible illnesses that people deal with every day. These illnesses are Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. Both collections were well received by both exhibition goers and media.

Chris's approach to photography ranges from photojournalism to documentary to sports photography, with his main focus being in documentary works. His work, while being visually pleasing, attempts to tell a story to the viewer through a single image.

When Chis isn't behind his camera, he often can be found on his bicycle, riding around Northeastern Kansas. In 2014, he racked in close to 2000 miles riding the roads and trails of the region and plans to continue that into the future.













2017 - Solo Exhibition - Living with Sam - Kansas Union Gallery, University of Kansas - Lawrence KS - October 22 - November 3rd, 2017

2017 - Solo Exhibition - Living with Sam MFA Thesis Exhibition - Lawrence Community Photography Studio - Lawrence, KS. September 28th, 2017

2016 - Solo Exhibition - Portraits of Latinx Identity - University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

2016 - Group Show - 4 Times Square  - New York City, New York

2016 - "Latinx of Lawrence, Kansas" - Solo Exhibition - Lawrence Public Library - Lawrence, Kansas

2015 - Group Show - Hilliard Gallery - Kansas City, Missouri

2015 - Group Show - Uptown Downtown Gallery - Lawrence, Kansas

2013 - Group Show - The Screaming Sky Gallery - Portland, Oregon

2011 - "Pinhole Work" - Solo Exhbition - Jersey Arts Centre - St. Helier, Jersey, UK

2010 - Group Show - David Jones Gallery - Kansas City, Missouri

2010 - Group Show - Lawrence Creates Market Place - Lawrence, Kansas

2010 - Group Show - JazzHaus - Lawrence, Kansas

2010 - Group Show - IDKcE - Baltimore, Maryland

2009 - "Youth of Today (revisited)" - Solo Exhibition - Bourgeois Pig - Lawrence, Kansas

2009 - Group Show - Kansas City Art Institute - Kansas City, Missouri

2008  - Group Show - Arts and Addiction - San Juan, PR. (Addiction and Art Exhibit held in conjunction with the College on Problems of Drug Dependence International Conference)

2008  - Group Show - Arts and Addiction - Rockville, MD. (Addiction and Art Exhibition held at the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) 


Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) - Masters of Fine Arts, Photography, 2017

Baker University - Bachelor of Arts, Art History and Criticism, 2014

Classes Taught

2017-2018 - Documentary Photography - Lawrence Community Photo Studio

Fall 2017 - Survey of Photography II : 1930s to the Digital Era - PHOT 240 - Savannah College of Art and Design (TA)

Fall 2016 - Lighting: Products to Portrait - PHOT 214 - Savannah College of Art and Design (TA)



BBC Radio - January 2011 (for Pinhole Work)


University Daily Kansas - 2016 (Portraits of Latinx Identity)

University of Kansas, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Department - Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant project (printed promotional materials) - 2016 (Portraits of Latinx Idetity)

The Baker Orange (newspaper) - 2014

Lawrence Journal-World - 2011-2012

Addiction and Art - 2010 (Photography work featured in)

Online/Social Media

"Local art class seeks to promote documentary photography" - University Daily Kansan - 2018
HD 150 AR - 2017 (Swope Park Rangers, Sweden)

University Daily Kansas - 2017 (Living with Sam)

KCUR - Website - 2017 (Living with Sam)

KJHK - Website - 2016 (Portraits of Latinx Identity)

University of Kansas, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Department - "Portraits of Latinx Identity" press release - 2016

University of Kansas, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Department - Website/Facebook/Twitter - 2016

Swope Park Rangers - Website/Social Media - 2016

La DIEZ Sports Magazine - Website "Sporting KC 20 anos en la liga (Images)"Sporting KC volvió al triunfo - 2016

United Soccer League (USL) - Website - 2016

Sporting Kansas City - Website/Facebook - 2015

US Woman's National Soccer Team - Twitter - 2015

Union Station (Kansas City, MO) - Website and Social Media - 2015

FC Kansas City - Social Media - 2015/16

Viterbo University -  2015

Baker University - 2015

Artist Lectures

Portraits of Latinx Identity - Memorial Union, University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS. - November 10, 2016


University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

Awards, Honors and Grants

Photo Essay - Kansas Collegiate Media Award

"Addiction and Art" - Johns Hopkins University







Nitro Circus/Nitro World games (Extreme Sports [skateboarding, BMX, Motorcross, Scooter])

Swope Park Rangers (United Soccer League) (Game day photographer)

University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies Department

The Casualties (Band) (freelance concert and promotional photos)

The Interrupters (Band) (freelance concert/promotional photos)


Frank Perez (Band Director/Professional Trombonist) (website)

FC Kansas City (National Women's Soccer League) (Freelance)

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) (Freelance)

University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department

Sporting Kansas City (MLS Soccer) (Freelance)

Baker University (Marketing Department) (Contract)

Bernie Sanders (US Senator - I. Vermont) (Freelance)

William "Bill" J. Clinton (US President) (Freelance)

Barack Obama (US President) (Freelance)

Sam Brownback (State of Kansas Governor) (Freelance and for Baker University)

Nick Lowery (Kansas City Chiefs [NFL]) (Freelance/Contract)

Christian Okoye (Kansas City Chiefs [NFL]) (Freelance/Contract)

Union Station (Kansas City, MO)

Baker University (Music and Theater Department) (Contract)

George Clinton (Musician) 

Mustard Plug (Band)

Anti-Flag (Band)

Tegan and Sara (Band)

Lied Center (University of Kansas)