Paula Willmot Kraus (b. 1957) uses her background in photojournalism to discover visual stories in unexpected places.
While the subject and material varies, one constant emerges: this work is personal. Paula draws from her immediate surroundings, using nature, natural forms, and specimens to explore the complexities around her. Her most recent work, images from the deep archives at Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, reveals topics at the core of her earlier years, including her undergraduate studies in biology.
Paula’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally, including the Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Fort Wayne Museum, Tiffin University, Riffe Gallery, and Eastern Washington University. Her work can be found in many private collections, as well as in such corporate collections as the Savannah College of Art & Design and The University of Texas. She has been awarded two Montgomery County Individual Artist Fellowships and one Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.
She is currently an adjunct professor of photography at Wright State University and at Stivers School for the Arts, where she enjoys teaching and getting back to the basics of the black and white darkroom, as well as teaching digital photography – and everything in-between. She holds an MA in Photography from Antioch University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University. She lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Fred.