b. Boston, MA 1984


2015 Master of Fine Arts,Tufts University, Boston, MA
2006 Bachelor of Arts, Photography and Environmental Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2016 Salt, Mayor's Gallery, City Hall, Boston, MA
2015 Road Salt: A 4500 Mile Journey, Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Salt Mountain, Howard Art Project, Boston, MA
2006 Covering New Ground, Woods Gallery, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2017 Sight Unseen, Vermont Center for Photography (with Aaron Borque) Brattleboro, VT
2014 Every Place, Essex Art Center (with Sarah Pollman), Lawrence, MA

Convergence: Digital Media and Technology, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
Borders in a Single Shot, presented at Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin, Germany
Western Pole, ongoing public installation, 902 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL

Material Message, Obrońców Stalingradu Gallery, Szczecin, Poland
America, Light Leaked Photography Journal Online Exhibition, Juried by Roger May
Postage Required, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (The Shrug Show), Dorchester Art Project, Boston, MA
Heptadecagon, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA

34: Isles Arts Initiative, Boston Sculpture Gallery, Boston, MA
Empire of Dirt, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Carousel Slideshow, New Art Center, Newtonville, MA

Proof of Purchase, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Elemental Collaborations, Alternative Spaces, New Orleans, LA
Convergence I, Khaki Gallery, Boston, MA
Painting Biennial, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Juried by Lexi Lee Sullivan

I Know What You Did Last Summer, Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA

Wit, Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA

In the Light Cone, Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA

2017 Building a Lineage, Co-Curator with Sarah Pollman, Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA
2016 This is Revolting, Creator and Curator of online submission/exhitibiton site and book publication, www.thisisrevolting.land

World Water Forum, Portugal Pavilion, Brasilia, Brazil
Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental, Goiás, Brasil
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, NM
AgX at the Echo Park Film Center, LA, CA
Sleeping Giant Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida

Goodnight Sleep Screening Series, Northampton, MA
CineEco Film Festival, Seia, Portugal
GlobeDocs Film Festival, Boston, MA
Speed Art Museum, Lousiville, KY
BealArt, London, Ontario
Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis, TN
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia, SC
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook, MI
Detroit Film Theater, Detroit, MI
Mini MicroCinema, Cincinnati, OH
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
Acworth Town Hall, Acworth, NH
Driftwood Library, Lincoln City, OR

Site Specific, ATA, San Francisco, CA, programmed by David Dinnell
High Coast Film Festival, Nordingra, Sweden
American Film Institute Fest (AFI FEST), Washington, DC
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City, MI
Amsterdam Lift-Off Festival, Amsterdam
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Rice University, Houston, TX

End Recordings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Chelsea Art Walk (screened inside shipping container at Eastern Salt Yard), Chelsea, MA

One Hot Night, Brattle Theater, Boston, MA

2018 Cary Center for Ecosystem Studies, Cannoo Hills Creative Arts Residency, Millbrook, NY
2017 LEF New England Moving Image Pre-Production Grant Recipient
LEF New England Fellowship, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University, NY
ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Residential Fellowship, Otis, Oregon
2016 Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Residential Fellowship, Taos, NM
Best Short Documentary, Lisbon International Film Festival
2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Film/Video
MacDowell Colony, Residential Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
Marion O. Naumberg Fellow in Photography, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2014 Montague Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2013 Karsh Prize in Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


This is Revolting, self-published
Mnemosyne Atlas 2016 published by artist Freya Powell
Mnemosyne Atlas 2014 published by artist Freya Powell
Empire of Dirt (exhibition catalog), “Traversing an Empire of Dirt”, Anonda Bell, Rutgers University Press ISBN: 978-0-9826990-6-5
Light Leaked Photography Journal, “Allison Cekala”, Ashley Kauschinger, March 9 (web)
Toad Journal, “Allison Cekala”, Elias Simpson, issue 5-2
365 Artists, 365 Days “Allison Cekala” (interview), A Frank Juarez Gallery / Greymatter Gallery (web)
2009 Deep//Leep, Lasercave, Issue 3
Deep//Leep, Lasercave, Issue 2
2006 The Bardian, Bard Press, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Summer Issue
The Bard Papers, Bard Press, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY


2017 Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, “Critic’s Pick” Jan 13
Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, “An art show about shrugs? Sure.” June 29
Chris Harding, Dorchester Reporter, “Ruminating on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ at DAP’s ‘The Shrug Show’”, June 22
Seth Daniel, Chelsea Record, “Salt Project Preserves the Idea of Finding out Where Things Come From”, Feb 12
2015 Ari Daniel Shapiro, The World, Public Radio International, “No snow, record high temperatures – but PLENTY of salt”
Dec 24
Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, “Looking back over a year In Boston’s Galleries”, Dec 29
Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, “History, fantasy evoked in Sculptors Gallery”, Aug 4
Cate McQuiad, The Boston Globe, “Sightlines, Salt, and Silvery Light Enchant in Current Shows”, Jan 20
Greg Cook, The Artery (WBUR Boston), “Where Does Boston’s Road Salt Come From? A Local Photographer Finds Out”
Jan 27
Katy Rogers, Winthrop Transcript, “Snake Island Inspired Work on Display”, Aug 7
Krystle Brown, Boston Hassle, “Salt Mountain”, Issue 60, Jan 9
Matthew Dinaro, Metro, “Five Things to do in Boston this Weekend”, Jan 8

2017-2018 Adjunct Professor, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
2015-2016Post-graduate Teaching Fellow/Visiting Part-Time Faculty, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
2014-2015Graduate Teaching/Post-graduate Teaching Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2011-2015 Print Monitor (large format Epson printing), Advanced Production Lab, School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston
2013-2012 Teaching Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Volunteer, Mission Hill Charter School Art Classroom, Jamaica Plain, MA
2012-2011Teaching Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2017 LEF New England Fellow, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University, NY
2016 Participant, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University

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