Biography for Missy Gaido Allen

Born in Houston, Texas in 1968, Allen studied Studio Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and at Trinity College in Rome, Italy. She also attended the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Alfred C. Glassell School for photography. Allen earned a Master’s in Art History from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa. Her work can be found at Koelsch Gallery in Houston, Texas, Photo-eye Gallery’s online Art Photo Index, and at She was an Artist-in-Residence for the National Parks Service in 2012. Allen’s photography has been displayed in conjunction with FotoFest ‘98, FotoFest 2000, and FotoFest 2016, and select images have been licensed by Kodak, Sony, Hasselblad, and Apple.

After 20 years of being a nomad, living (multiple times) in Iowa, New Mexico and Sweden, Allen currently lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not out shooting pictures, she manages an online ophthalmology education website and volunteers as a Master Gardener.