Part-time Faculty, Studio Art
Lisa Kessler’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, and Lehigh University. In 2015 she was awarded the George Gund commission to photograph the transformation of the Cleveland Public Schools.
She is a 2011 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, and was runner-up for the Honickman Foundation/Center for Documentary Studies First Book Prize.
Kessler’s short film, “Heart in the Wound,” exploring the impact of the clergy sex abuse crisis through the voices of survivors, was shown with her still photographs at the 2006 Photograph Resource Center exhibit “Document,” and in 2009 at the Boston International Film Festival and the Fear No Film Festival in Salt Lake City.
"Facing Peace," a documentary portrait series in collaboration with families surviving violence, was exhibited at Lesley University in 2008.
Her current book project “Seeing Pink” was the subject of solo exhibitions at Danforth Art and Fitchburg State University in 2014 and the Davis Orton Gallery in NY in 2010. A Boston Globe review of the Danforth show described the work as “zesty and playful without being at all unserious.”
Trained as a historian and a photojournalist, Kessler holds degrees from Brown University and Boston University. She was a Vista Volunteer in Rhode Island and lived in Mexico City for three years.
Since 1994 she has taught at Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design, Northeastern University, Endicott College, and Montserrat College of Art. She was adjunct faculty at Boston College in 2001-2003 and returned in 2014.
Cleveland Museum School District, George Gund Foundation's annual report looks at The Cleveland Plan through photographs, CMSD YouTube Channel, September 9, 2016
Chris Bergeron, “At Danforth Art, what does it mean to be 'In The Pink'?,” Metrowest Daily News, April 27, 2014 Mark Feeney, Rethinking pink at Danforth Art, Boston Globe, April 17, 2014
Erin Corneliussen, The Many Manifestations of the Color Pink, Smithsonianmag.com, April 15, 2014
Nancy Sheehan, “Photo exhibit at Fitchburg State examines the many sides of the Color Pink,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Feb. 4, 2014
George Slade, Loupe (Journal of the Photographic Resource Center), 2011, "Seeing Pink"
Eugenia Williamson, “The Story of Pink,” Boston Globe, July 11, 2010
Carolyn M. Goldstein, Facing Peace-Families Surviving Violence, Women's Review of Books, May/June 2009, cover story