Carrie Schneider is an American visual artist and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Photography Department at Pratt Institute, New York. She earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and had a year-long Fulbright Fellowship at the Kuvataideakatemia Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2008.
Schneider’s work spans several mediums including performance, photography, and film. Her family and friends, as well as their and her own psychological states, are often the subjects of her works, though the images range from the quotidian to the fantastical. Her practive explores the tension between the camera's exactitude and its capacity for abstraction, using techniques that invite discord into the otherwise rational photographic process. The element of chance in Schneider's work often determines the final composition, and this spirit of improvisation guides her process.