My Story

Hello, my name is Siobhan Byrns and I am an artist.  I try not to be limited to a specific medium but I thrive in photographic processes. I love getting messy and constantly refining my work and practice.

I earned MFA in photography from the Art Institute of Chicago, and received my BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, focusing both on traditional and time-based new media.

While I was a graduate student, I was formally trained as a fine art restorationist and conservator in some of the country’s most prominent museums. In 2004, while working in the Museum of The Art Institute of Chicago, I assisted in the digital restoration of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.

Artist Statement

To me is art about perception and observation above all else. It’s about finding a new way of seeing the spectacular in the mundane.  

In the creation and expression of art, there is vulnerability in presenting one’s viewpoint in the quest for the truth.  It is acquired piece by piece, body of work against body of work.  We make art to create a world in which we can live deeply.


Photography: Introduction to Digital. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed

Darkroom Photography: Traditional Wet Darkroom work with 35mm, 120 and 4×5 view cameras

Photojournalism: Ethics and storytelling in digital photography

Web Design: HTML coding, javascript, python, template and WordPress work.

Animation: Basic 2D animation through 3D rendering. Adobe Animate, AfterEffects, Stop Motion, and Blender

Advanced Digital: Advanced studio and commercial work. Further investigation into processes and techniques.

Alternative Process: The history of photography as told through chemical processes. Cyanotypes, Albumen, Van Dyke, Collodion, Tintpye, Platinum and others

Study Abroad: Photography and Fine Art in Italy