Carisa Mitchell grew up in Rockford, IL and lived in Chicago for almost ten years; now she lives in Eugene, OR. She makes photo-based art that is a cohesive look at the boundaries between family, identity, and history. She embraces themes surrounding memory and remembrance that cross the line between fine arts and documentary photography. Carisa graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 with a BFA in Photography. Since graduating UIC she spent a year (2009-2010) working as a photography teaching assistant at Studio Art Centers International - SACI in Florence, Italy and was an artist-in-residence (2011-2012) at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL.