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  


2018     Landfall, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA
Screen2018, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
All Positions Depend, ACRE, Chicago, IL
2017     Convergence: Digital Media and Technology, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
             Borders in a Single Shot, curated by Temple University, presented at Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin, Germany
             Western Pole, ongoing public installation curated by Jesse Malmed, 902 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL
2016     Material Message, Obrońców Stalingradu Gallery, Szczecin, Poland
             America, Light Leaked Photography Journal, Juried by Roger May (web)
             Postage Required, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
             ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (The Shrug Show), Dorchester Art Project, Boston, MA
             Heptadecagon, Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015      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
2014      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
2013      I Know What You Did Last Summer, Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA
2012      Wit, Mission Hill Gallery, Boston, MA
              Sol Lewitt Wall Drawing #118, (draftsperson), Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
2009     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, Curator, online submission/exhibition site


2018      World Water Forum, Portugal Pavilion, Brasilia, Brazil
              Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental, Goiás, Brasil
              Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, NM
              Echo Park Film Center (with AgX film collective) LA, CA   
              Sleeping Giant Film Festival, Jacksonville, FL
2017     Open Eye, Easthampton, MA
             A Good night’s Sleep, 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, MD*
             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

2016      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*                 
2015      End Recordings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
              Chelsea Art Walk (screened inside shipping container at Eastern Salt Yard), Chelsea, MA
2014      One Hot Night, Brattle Theater, Boston, MA

* Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program


2018-2019         Teaching Assistant, Visual and Critical Studies Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2017-2019         Adjunct Faculty, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
2015-2016         Post-graduate Teaching Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
2014-2015         Graduate Teaching Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA
2012-2014         Teaching Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA


2018     Cary Center for Ecosystem Studies, Cannoo Hills Creative Arts Residency, Millbrook, NY
2017     ACRE, Steuben, WI
             Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon
             Lazuli, Corinth, VT
2016     Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Residential Fellowship, Taos, NM
2015     MacDowell Colony, Residential Fellowship, Peterborough, NH


2017     LEF New England Moving Image Pre-Production Grant Recipient
             LEF New England Fellowship, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University, NY          
2016     Best Short Documentary, Lisbon International Film Festival   
2015     Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Film/Video
             Marion O. Naumberg Fellow in Photography, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
             Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2014     Montague Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @Tufts University, Boston, MA
             Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA
2013     Karsh Prize in Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA


2017     This is Revolting, artist book with 40 contributors, curated and published by Allison Cekala
             Mnemosyne Atlas 2016, contributor, artist book published by Freya Powell
2015     Mnemosyne Atlas 2014, contributor, artist book published by Freya Powell
             Empire of Dirt (exhibition catalog), “Traversing an Empire of Dirt”, Anonda Bell, Rutgers University Press
             Light Leaked Photography Journal, “Allison Cekala”, Ashley Kauschinger, March 9 (web)
             365 Artists, 365 Days “Allison Cekala” (interview), A Frank Juarez Gallery / Greymatter Gallery (web)
             Toad Journal, “Allison Cekala”, issue 5-2
2009     Deep//Leep, contributor, Lasercave, Issue 1
             Deep//Leep, contributor, Lasercave, Issue 2
2006     The Bardian, Bard Press, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Summer Issue
             The Bard Papers, Bard Press, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY



2016     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
             Alice Stoer, Notebook by Mubi.com, “Keeping the Work Alive: The Ann Arbor Film Festival”, 8 April
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 2
             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


2018 Artist Talk, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Cultivating Ecological Awareness through Art, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
Visiting Artist and Critic, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA
2017 Artist Talk, Emerson College, Boston, MAArtist Talk, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon2015 Artist Talk, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA


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


2018 - Present         AgX Film Collective, Boston, MA
2016 – Present         Film Fatales Boston