Founder & Director
wall space Creative, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Crista Dix Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space creative. After years as a photographer and collector, Dix decided to put down her camera and focus on artists who transcend the medium of photography and expand the ideas of photographic arts. Her background in science, business and the creative arts has helped her created a gallery space that celebrates the artists' vision.
wall space is located in Santa Barbara, California. The gallery focuses on emerging and mid-career artists with an aim to expand the ideas of what photography is and what it can be. The artists represented are craftsmen, using photography as an integral part of their work, that layer emotional stories with techniques and processes that enhance the visual experience. Focusing on work that intersects art and science, wall space has a unique point of view, focusing on the object-ness of photography and art. The gallery has gained an international reputation for finding and showcasing new artists and exposing new ideas.
The gallery hosts artist talks and special events focused on engaging collectors and artists. The Open Studio series features local Southern Californian and other notable artists in the photographic community who are participating in discussion about their craft.
Dix has written essays about photography, introducing creative artists’ work to a broader community. She has contributed to numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions, and participated in major portfolio reviews across the country in cities like Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and New Orleans.
As a portfolio reviewer, Dix seeks to understand the goals of each photographer and offer insight and guidance that may help each participant to realize those goals. She is most interested in reviewing one or two cohesive bodies of work about which the photographer is passionate -- from alternative processes to video and new media.