Early in her career, Sandy Dyas owned a small portraiture business in Bellevue, a small Iowa town near the Mississippi River. A dozen years later, she moved to Iowa City and received her MFA in Intermedia (Performance Art & Video). Her first book of photographs, entitled Down to the River; Portraits of Iowa Musicians, was published by the University of Iowa Press in June 2007. In 2005, she was named “Iowa Photographer” by Photo District News. Currently she is involved in a one year photo project entitled The 50 States Project. She is an artist, freelance photographer and a Lecturer in the Art & Art History Department at Cornell College. Some of her clients include New York Times, Vogue, No Depression Magazine, Redhouse Records, and BUST Magazine.