Stephanie Bursese (b.1980) makes work that investigates photography’s role in limiting perspective; by using site-specific installations, book forms, and printed images she creates loops of meaning that create both spatial and psychological spaces. Bursese received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida in Photography/Art History and received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Syracuse University. Her work has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, art fairs, intuitions and publications nationally and internationally including The Aperture Foundation (NY), The Print Center (PA), Expo Chicago (IL), Cornell University,¬†Galerie Maison Kasini (Montreal), Everson Museum of Art (NY),¬†Silver Eye Center for Photography (PA), Tyler School of Art (PA), in The Welcome House as part of Design Philadelphia (PA), The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI), and University of the Arts (PA) ; she is represented in both private and public collections. She has collaborated with artists Anne Carson, Carrie Mae Weems, Suzanne Opton, David Fruend and many others. She was selected for a residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2006 and was awarded a project grant from the Meadowlands Commission in New Jersey in 2009. In 2013 she self-published her first book of photographs Razor Thin Rock Hard and released her second book, Belt and Brace in 2015. She was recently nominated for the 2017 MACK First Book Award and was included in issue 03 of First Last in 2019. ‘Waiting Room’ was her third solo show at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, where she has been a member for seven years and held the position of Executive Director from 2013-2014. She just completed a role as the Program Manager for the Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives initiative, a $750K Mellon Foundation grant project embedded in Haverford College. She is currently working as a Grant Writer and Development Manager at We Are the Seeds, a non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying contemporary Indigenous artists. Bursese lives and works in Philadelphia.