Solo and Group Exhibitions (Selected)

 Annual Ongoing Exhibitions and Shows

·       Boston Arts Festival - Boston, Massachusetts (Since 2017)

·   Mistletoe Art Fair - Cambridge, Massachusetts (Since 2017)

·       South End Open Studios - Boston Arts Center- Boston, Massachusetts (Since 2017)

·       Beacon Hill Art Walk - Boston, Massachusetts (Since 2016)

·       Arts at HarborFest - Boston, Massachusetts (Since 2016)

·       Beacon Hill Holiday Fine Arts & Craft Sale - Boston, Massachusetts (Since 2016)

·       Brookline Open Studios - Brookline, Massachusetts (Since 2011)

 

2018

·       SoWa Open Art Market - Boston, Massachusetts

·       Boston Women's Market at Spaceus -  Roslindale, Massachusetts

·       JP Open Studios - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

·       StoveFactory Gallery - Charlestown, Massachusetts - Valentine Boutique

·       Lincoln Arts Project - Waltham, Massachusetts- Love & Fate

·       Curio Market + Whimsy - Norwood, Massachusetts: Renewed

·       Mill No. 5 - Lowell, Massachusetts: A Little Bazaar

 

2017    

·       Waterfall Arts - Belfast, Maine: Handmade Show

·       Laconia Gallery - Boston, Massachusetts- Nasty Woman Boston: A Resistance Art Exhibition           

·       Arts Market at Greenway (during Tall Ships) - Boston, Massachusetts

 

2016

·       WeWork - Boston, Massachusetts: Visiting Artist for ArtWeek

 

2013                     

·       Rourke Art Museum - Moorhead, Minnesota: Of Memory, Bone and Myth

 

2012                     

·       Front Street Coffee House - Salem, Massachusetts: The Monsters Of Artwork!!! Kessler/Lowther/Macfadzen

·       Arsenal Center for the Arts - Watertown, Massachusetts: 30 Under 30 Exhibition

·       Allston Open Studios - Allston, Massachusetts (2011-2012)

 

2011      

·       Kosmos Lane Gallery - Tokyo, Japan

·       Risky Artists Association - Saltillo, Mexico: Hour of Lead (The only artist representing the United States)

·       Kiernan Gallery - Lexington, Virginia: In Time

 

2010                         

·       Philadelphia Photo Arts Center - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Daydream Nation

·       Rayko Gallery - San Francisco, California: The Last Kodachrome Show

·       New Visions Studio and Gallery - Scranton, Pennsylvania: Hour of Lead

·       Marin Museum of Contemporary Art - Novato, California: Dreams and Revelations

 

2009                          

·       Project Basho- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ONWARD 2009 Exhibition

 

Experience (Selected)

 

2019

·       Fish Factory: Creative Centre of Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland. Artist in Residency, March, 2019.

2018 - 2019

· United South End Artists- Member

2018

·   Commission to design the Children’s Hospital Palliative Care bereavement card.

2017 (Ongoing)

·       "Analogue Culture", writer for a recurring column in Photopreneur magazine. Printed by Arts Stories LLC, New York, New York.

2016 - 2017  

·       Beacon Hill Art Walk- Boston Massachusetts: Assistant

·       Boston Arts Festival- Boston, Massachusetts: Assistant

2015 - Present    

·       Cambridge Artists Cooperative- Cambridge, Massachusetts: Assistant manager to artist-run cooperative

2008 - 2018    

·       Evelyn Berde- Brookline, Massachusetts: Artists’ Assistant and Manager

2009 - 2016                

·       Leaving The River: Artist Director, curator and artists’ assistant for the traveling exhibition and installation

Curated exhibitions:

2013: Simmons College- Boston, Massachusetts

2011: Brookline Arts Center- Brookline, Massachusetts

2011: The West End Museum- Boston, Massachusetts

2009: Massachusetts College of Art and Design- Boston, Massachusetts

2014                           

·       TEDxFenway “Grit and Resilience”- Boston, Massachusetts: Assistant to artist and speaker, Evelyn Berde

2012-2013

·       Peabody Essex Museum & Artex- Salem, Massachusetts: Art Handler and Photographer for 2013 Collection Move

2010                           

·       Massachusetts College of Art and Design- Boston, Massachusetts: Teachers Assistant for Abelardo Morell’s Intro to Black and White Photography course

2008-2010                

·       Harold Feinstein- Merrimack, Massachusetts: Intern and darkroom printer

2008-2009               

·       Photographic Resource Center- Boston, Massachusetts: Intern

2005-2006               

·       Ran Blake- Brookline, Massachusetts: Assistant and photographer to Musician

 

Publications, Awards, Honors & Such (Selected)

2018

·       Life Raft Zine- 3 pieces featured in the "Nature" Issue of the feminist centered zine. Published in Wilmington, Delaware.

·       Dum Dum Zine- "Two-Lips" used as a collaboration with poet Yvonne Amey's "Terrible Librarian". Published in Los Angeles, California.

·       Photopreneur Magazine- Analogue Culture Column, Writer: "The Charleston Tintypsit". Published in New York, New York.

2017

·       Secret Knock- A Fanzine for Children's Book Lovers: Limited Edition, Featured Artist. Published in London.

2014                           

·       The State of Things: Hand bound book by Sarah Pollman of 3200K, Featured Artist. Published in Boston, Massachusetts

2013                           

·       3200K, Featured Artist

2012                           

·       Colortek- Boston, Massachusetts: Artist of the month for October

2011                            

·       Indy Photobook Library- Washington DC:Hour of Lead became part of permanent collection. Curator and collector, Larissa Leclair’s pick for the best of women, self-published photography books (2012)

2010                           

·       Hour of Lead: Hand bound book published by John Steck Jr. of the Make Book Blog. Limited edition of 22 (included 2 artist proofs). Published in Boston, Massachusetts

·       Photo Week D.C.: Hour of Lead book featured

·       Photographer’s Forum: Finalist for Best of College Photography 2010. Includes photograph printed in publication

2009                          

·       Women in Photography International: Honorable Mention in self-portrait category

 

Public Permanent Collections (Selected)

·       Booklet Press & Library- Tokyo, Japan

·       Indy Photobook Library- Washington, D.C.

·       The Brookline Public Library- Brookline, Massachusetts

·       Benedictine University- Lisle, Illinois

 

Education

2008 - 2010    

·       Massachusetts College of Art and Design- Boston, Massachusetts: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography

2006 - 2008    

·       School of Visual Arts- New York, New York: Foundation Studies, Photography

 

Art is available for sale all year round in:

·The Cambridge Artists Cooperative - 59A Church St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 in store and online at www.cambridgeartistscoop.com

·Blue Cloud Gallery - 713 Broadway, Somerville, Massachusetts 02144. www.bluecloudgallery.com

·Crazy Mermaids -  628 Main St., Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601. www.crazymermaids-com.jigsy.com

 

Please contact Ariel for a complete list of exhibitions and collections. ariel.kessler@gmail.com