Originally from Ames, Iowa, Brunia currently lives in Oxford, Iowa. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 2007. Brunia has exhibited at venues throughout the United States including the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Rayko Photo Center, the Rosalux Gallery, and at the Musee d'Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2011 Brunia was selected as one of three artists featured in the Des Moines Art Center's annual Iowa Artists exhibition. In 2016, she was included in the Sioux City Art Center's SCAC Selects exhibition. Most recently, Brunia has been named a 2016 Iowa Arts Council Fellow.