•George Gund Foundation, Annual Report Commission, Cleveland, Ohio 2015
•Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship 2011
•Center for Documentary Studies/ Honickman Foundation First Book Prize in Photography Finalist 2008
•Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant Finalist 2005
•CDS/Honickman Foundation First Book Prize in Photography, Honorable Mention 2004
•Pictures of the Year International, Award of Excellence, Magazine News Story 2002
•Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant Finalist 1999
Lisa Kessler's photographs are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Danforth Art Museum, and the Teaching Collection of Lehigh University Art Galleries. 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 First Book Prize in Photography, Center for Documentary Studies, for her work on the clergy sex abuse crisis.
Her short film "Heart in the Wound" explores the impact of that crisis through the voices of survivors. It premiered at the Boston International Film Festival in 2009 and has been shown in classrooms, conferences, and the 2006 Photographic Resource Center exhibit "Document."
"Facing Peace," a documentary portrait series in collaboration with families surviving violence, was exhibited at Lesley University in 2008. Lisa's work is non-fiction and resides in both the documentary and fine art worlds.
Her current book project “Seeing Pink” was the subject of solo exhibitions at Danforth Art Museum 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, Lisa holds degrees from Brown University and Boston University. She was a Vista Volunteer in RI, and lived in Mexico City for three years.
Kessler teaches Photography at Boston College, a Master Class on Vision and Voice, and is available for private mentoring and workshops. She is currently preparing "Seeing Pink" for book publication and gallery exhibitions, and is available for corporate, editorial, portrait and fine art commissions. Three bodies of work are available for exhibition and print sales.
A book dummy of "Seeing Pink" is available upon request.
•Changing Minds, Cleveland Public Library, George Gund Foundation Commission September - October 2016
•In the Pink, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, April - June, 2014
•Seeing Pink, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, February - March, 2014
•Anthology, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL, October 2012 - February 2013
•Women Photographers, Selections from the Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Collection, 2011
•New England Photography Biennial 2011, Danforth Museum of Art catalog, Framingham, MA 2011
•Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor
•Off the Wall Juried Exhibition, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 2011
•InVision Muse Photo Festival, Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA, 2010
•Seeing Pink, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2010
•I-95 Triennial Invitational Exhibition, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME, 2010
•Spectacle: Photographs from the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009
•New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA 2009
•Facing Peace, Lesley University Gallery, Cambridge, MA 2008
•Giving Shelter, 516 Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 2008
•DOCUMENT: Contemporary Social Documentary Work, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA 2006
•Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is NOT a Class Privilege in America, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute &
traveling nationally since 2002
•Photography Now: 2005 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant Awards, ArtSpace Gallery, Maynard, MA
•Washington Gallery of Photography, Bethesda, MD 2003
•New England Photographers ‘03, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA 2003
•Faces of Survivors: Depicting the Legacy of Homicide, Dorchester House, Community Health Centers, MA 2000
•Shades of Grace, Scollay Square Gallery, Boston, MA 2000
•Faces of Our Future, Anti-Defamation League, Boston, MA 2000
•The Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 28, 2016, Lisa Kessler documents joy and discovery in Cleveland schools for Gund Foundation report by Steven Litt
•The Boston Globe, April 17, 2014, "Rethinking Pink at Danforth Art" by Mark Feeney
•Smithsonian.com, April 15, 2014, "The Many Manifestations of the Color Pink" by Erin Corneliussen
•MetroWest Daily News, April 27, 2014, "At Danforth Art, what does it mean to be 'In The Pink'?" by C. Bergeron
•Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 4, 2014, "Photo exhibit at Fitchburg State examines the many sides of the color pink" by Nancy Sheehan
•MetroWest Daily News, September, 2011, "Danforth Biennial showcases diverse work" by Christopher Bergeron
•Loupe, Journal of the Photographic Resource Center, June 2011, "Seeing Pink" by George Slade
•The Conversation, KUOW.org Seattle NPR, August 13, 2010, "Hot Pink, Baby Blue: The Psychology of Color"
•The Boston Globe, July 11, 2010, "The Story of Pink" by Eugenia Williamson
•Women's Review of Books, May/June 2009, "Facing Peace - Families Surviving Violence" by Carolyn M. Goldstein
•Boston Herald, November 16, 2008, "Lives after losses on view in photo exhibit" by Margery Eagan
•Public Culture, Volume 17, Number 3, Fall 2005, "Heart in the Wound" interview with Ann Cvetkovich
•The Boston Globe, December 20, 2000, "Depicting the Legacy of Murder" by Francie Latour