b. Boston, MA 1984

 

EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

TWO-PERSON SHOWS

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Deep Time Lab, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
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 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
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 Sillivan
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

CURATORIAL

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

SELECTED SCREENINGS

2018     World Water Forum, Portugal Pavilion, Brasilia, Brazil
Festival Internacional de Cinema e Video Ambiental, Goiás, Brasil
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN
AgX at the Echo Park Film Center, LA, CA
Sleeping Giant Film Festival, Jacksonville, Florida
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, 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
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

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

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                          

PUBLICATIONS

2017     This is Revolting, self-published artist book
Mnemosyne Atlas 2016, Published by artist Freya Powell 
2015     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)
365 Artists, 365 Days “Allison Cekala” (interview), A Frank Juarez Gallery / Greymatter Gallery (web)
Toad Journal, “Allison Cekala”, issue 5-2
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

SELECTED PRESS

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
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

LECTURES

2018     Artist Talk, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
“Cultivating Ecological Awareness through Art”, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
2017     Artist Talk, Emerson College, Boston, MA
Artist Talk, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon
2015     Artist Talk, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

TEACHING

2018 --             Teaching Assistant, Visual and Environmental Studies Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Introduction to Photo, Intermediate Photo

2017 --             Adjunct Faculty, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Photo Media 1 (includes darkroom, digital, and moving image), Audio and Video 1

2015-2016        Post-graduate Teaching Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @Tufts University, Boston, MA
Digital Photo 1, The Art of Meaning: The History and Future of the Image

2014-2015        Graduate Teaching Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA
Digital Photo 1, Senior Thesis Program

2011-2014        Teaching Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts University, Boston, MA
The Photographic Object, Photo Area, Bill Burke
Space, Place, and Society, Visual and Critical Studies, Emily Gephart
Photo 2: Photography and Your Environment, Photo Area, David Mussina
Digital Photography 1, Photo Area (Digital), Kathleen Tyler

SEMINARS

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

 AFFILIATIONS

2018-present    AgX Film Collective, Boston, MA
2016-present    Film Fatales Boston