Biography & Contact

Ryan Parra is a photography-based artist and educator living in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from California, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Oregon and earned an MFA degree in photography from Arizona State University in 2016. His work has been shown locally at the Tilt Gallery (Scottsdale), the Northlight Gallery (Phoenix), the phICA Container Galleries (Phoenix), the Vision Gallery (Chandler), the Modified Gallery (Phoenix), and internationally at the City Cultural Center Gallery (Belgrade, Serbia). He was a recipient of the Dean's Fellowship award, the Society for Photographic Education Travel Scholarship award, the Nathan Cummings Travel Grant award, and the Graduate Education Completion Fellowship, among many other honors. In 2014 he was commissioned by the ASU Health and Wellness Services permanent collection to document native medicinal plants growing in their natural Arizona environment. In 2017 he spent the summer in Joshua Tree National Park documenting useful plants as part of a residency through the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program. He currently teaches at Estrella Mountain Community College, Scottsdale Community College, and Arizona State University.