Malena Barnhart is a photo-based artist living in Tempe, Arizona. Originally from Maryland, she holds an undergraduate degree in studio art from the University of Maryland and earned an MFA degree in photography from Arizona State University in 2013. Through repurposing mass-culture materials including YouTube videos, children’s stickers, sex toys and party decorations, her work examines the role enculturation plays in the marginalization of women. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Arizona,) the Israeli Cinema Museum, Morrison Gallery (University of Minnesota,) Salisbury University Gallery (Maryland,) the Hartman Center Gallery (Bradley University, Peoria,) Whitdel Arts (Detroit.) She was a recipient of the Student Award for the Society for Photographic Education, the Juror’s merit award for Heat Wave: Desert Photography, and the Sadat Art for Peace award, among many other honors. Her work is in the personal collection of Madeleine Albright, the permanent collection of Northlight Gallery and the special collections at Columbia University.