Maria Creyts is a Kansas City based artist whose projects defy media boundaries. Her focus is production of photo friezes, or panorama-format photography. Maria constructs her photography subjects from textiles, and she also prints the long photos. Her images have been presented on billboards in Chicago, New Orleans, and Atlanta as part of the Billboard Art Project. Last year, she completed an artist’s residency through the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she studied traditional techniques and design systems, adapting these for use in her projects. For summer 2012, she produced a West African-inspired collection of garments for Kansas City’s West 18th Street Fashion Show that made use of her surface designs. Maria Creyts is a graduate of Yale University School of Art.