Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
MFA Visual Art Azusa Pacific University 2020
MA Spiritual Formation & Soul Care Biola University 2013

Christine Lee Smith is an award-winning portrait photographer in Southern California. In 2020 she completed an MFA from Azusa Pacific University. In 2019, Christine was a finalist in the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery award and has shown her work in the Duncan Miller Gallery, Gallery 825, and the Museum of Latin American Art. Christine presented at the 2019 CIVA biennial, as well as at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

• Digital Photography (PHO 105)
• History of Photography (PHO 140)
• Context & Narrative (PHO 415)
• Studio Practice (PHO 433)

• Photographic Identity Portraiture as a means to Cultivating Empathy
• The Spiritually Formative Potential in Photographic Practice and Viewing

• “Pig Pen & the Christ: The Spiritually Formative Impact of Identity Portraiture.” Symposium on Faith & Culture: Art Seeking Understanding, 27 October 2022, Baylor University, Waco, TX.
• “Looking at Death: Following Christ in Embodied Life." Biennial Conference, 6 November 2021, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), Austin, TX.
• “Female Photographers: An Exploration of Embodiment, Identity, and Gender." Biennial Conference, 14 June 2019, Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), St. Paul, MN,

Christine Lee Smith is also a trained and practicing Christian Spiritual Director. She received her training at Biola University and specializes in working with artists and other visual creators.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30)