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Allison Cekala

b. Boston, MA 1984


Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Tufts University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Photography and Environmental Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Solo Exhibitions

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

Two Person Shows

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

Curatorial Work

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

Convergence: Digital Media and Technology, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR
Material Message, Obrońców Stalingradu Gallery, Szczecin, Poland
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
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

Selected Screenings

BealArt, London, Ontario
Grosse Pointe Public Library, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Casket Cinema, Minneapolis, MN
Detroit Film Theater, Detroit, MI
Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia, SC
Mini MicroCinema, Cincinnati, OH
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Cranbrook, MI
Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
Grand Illusion Cinema, Seattle, WA
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Texas Theater, Dallas, TX
Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis, TN
Site Specific, ATA, San Francisco, CA
Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Rice University, Houston, TX
American Film Institute, Washington, DC
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
High Coast Film Festival, Nordingra, Sweden
Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City, MI
Amsterdam Lift-Off Festival, Amsterdam
Chelsea Art Walk (screened inside shipping container at Eastern Salt Yard), Chelsea, MA
End Recordings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
One Hot Night, Brattle Theater, Boston, MA

Awards and Residencies

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Residential Fellowship, Otis, Oregon
Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Residential Fellowship, Taos, NM
Best Short Documentary, Lisbon International Film Festival
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
Montague Travel Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Karsh Prize in Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Trustee Leader Scholar, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Selected Press and Publications

Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, "Critics 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
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
Anonda Bell, Empire of Dirt (exhibition catalog), “Traversing an Empire of Dirt”, Rutgers University
PressISBN: 978-0-9826990-6-5
Ashley Kauschinger, Light Leaked Photography Journal, “Allison Cekala”, March 9
Elias Simpson, Toad Journal, “Allison Cekala”, issue 5-2
365 Artists, 365 Days “Allison Cekala” (interview), A Frank Juarez Gallery / Greymatter Gallery Krystle Brown, Boston Hassle, “Salt Mountain”, Issue 60, Jan 9
Matthew Dinaro, Metro, “Five Things to do in Boston this Weekend”, Jan 8
Deep//Leep Zine, Lasercave, Issue 3
Deep//Leep Zine, Lasercave, Issue 2
The Bardian, Bard Press, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Summer Issue
The Bard Papers, Bard Press, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Teaching and Professional Experience

2015-2016Post-graduate Teaching Fellow/Visiting Part-Time Faculty, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Digital Photo 1 (fall and spring) and The Art of Meaning: The History and Future of the Image (fall)
2014-2015Graduate Teaching/Post-graduate Teaching Fellow, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Digital Photo 1 (fall and spring) and Senior Thesis Program (fall and spring)
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
The Photographic Object, Photo Area (darkroom), Bill Burke
Space, Place, and Society, Visual and Critical Studies, Emily Gephart
Volunteer, Mission Hill Charter School, Art Classroom, Jamaica Plain, MA
2012-2011Teaching Assistant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photo 2: Photography and Your Environment, Photo Area (Digital), David Mussina
Digital Photography 1, Photo Area (Digital), Kathleen Tyler
2011-2012Teaching Assistant, Cedarwood Waldorf School, Portland, OR
2007-2009Art Teacher, Creative Trails Day Program for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities, Portland, ME


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