Kristen Emack is a  2022 Guggenheim Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a Mass Cultural Council Fellow, and a Saint Botolph Fellow.  Her work was recently at the Helsinki Photofest, and in the ACP Photo Festival in Atlanta in the Ones To Watch Exhibition. She is a CRITICAL MASS Top 50 Winner, a Michael Reichmann Project Grant recipient, and a PDN Emerging 30 nominee. Her interview in Vogue Italia was published in February 2020, and she is a series winner in Lensculture Portraits. Kristen won first place in Social Documentary Network’s ZEKE Award, and is published in OATH Magazine in South Africa, Click-Rivista in Italy, CLAN Photo Magazine, The Curious Society Volume One, Whalebone Magazine and The Sun Magazine, among others. This fall she had work in Miami in Past And Present Of The Body, curated by Pietro Daprano, and currently has images in the Maryland Academy Art Museum. She is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston.


2022 Guest Writer in Benelli Visiting Writer Series, Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA

2022 Karen and Ted Koskores Gallery, solo show, Braintree, MA

2022 Uppsala Fotofest, Uppsala, Sweden

2022 Guggenheim Fellow

2022 Maryland Academy of Art Museum, Maryland, curated by Kris Graves

2022 Ones To Watch, ACP PhotoFest, Atlanta, curated by Mary Stanley

2022  Family Documentary Awards

2021 Photographic Resource Center EXPOSURE 2021, curated by Kris Graves

2021 Gallery Kayafas, Solo show-SOWA Boston, MA

2021 Helsinki Photo Festival, Finland

2021 UK National Holocaust Center and Museum, UK

2021 Included in photo book published by Gnomic Books

2021 South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange, NJ

2021 KUBE Gallery, UK

2021 Bridge Gallery, Cambridge, MA, Gallerist Greig Cranna

2020 CPW Photography Now, Curated by Andy Adams, Woodstock NY

2020 Social Documentary Network 1st place ZEKE Award/PHOTOVILLE Exhibition

2020 LENSCULTURE 2nd place Portrait Award

2020 BLM Print sale with CHNGE and proceeds support Black Lives Matters Organizations

2020 The Curated Fridge, juror Alexa Becker

2020 Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition, Texas Woman's University, juror, Lisa Sutcliffe

 2019 Critical Mass Top 50 winner, Photolucidia

2020 Danforth Museum of Art, Family Circle, curated by Jessica Roscio

2019 Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, Framed Portrait Exhibition

2019 PDN Emerging 30 nominee, Photo District News

2019 Humble Arts Foundation, Love, Actually, online exhibition curated by Jon Feinstein

2019 Cambridge Art Association Open Photo Exhibit, curated by Karen Haas

2019 Cambridge Art Association, Emerging Artists Exhibition, curated by Chanel Thervil

2019 The Fence, Boston, MA

2019 Griffin Museum of Photography, Juried Members Show, curated by Julie Grahame

2019 The Immigrant Story, shown at Pro Photo Lab and also community wall/drawers at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

2019, HumbleArts, Loss, curated by Tara Wray and Jon Feinstein

2019 Photographic Resource Center, EXPOSURE 2019, curated by Mark Alice Durant

2019 The Sun Magazine, April 2019, issue 520, published by Rob Bowers, edited by Rachael J. Elliott

2019 Cambridge Art Association, National Prize Show 2nd Place Winner, curated by Steve Locke and Camilo Alvarez

2018 Photo-Emphasis, Familiar/Familial Exhibition, curated by Rachel Jump

2018 The Curated Fridge, Under The Sun, curated by Ann Jastrab

2018 Blue Sky Gallery, #Touchbluesky, curated by Christopher Rauschenberg

2018 SHOTS Magazine NO. 141 Home, published by Doug Beasley, edited by Elizabeth Flinsch

2018 Don't Smile, Home Exhibition, curated by Davida Carta. Image included in the Don't Smile, Year Two Zine.

2017 Strange Fire Collective: Call and Response: Art as Resistance, curated by Hamidah Glasgow

2017 The Curated Fridge, Wonder, curated by Arlette Kayafas

2017 The Griffin Museum of Photography 23rd Juried Exhibition for Instagram, curated by Hamidah Glasgow

2017 The Fence, Boston, MA

2016 Winner of Best Friends Gallery, Rangefinder Magazine, Published January 2016

2016 Participant in CAOS, Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge, MA

2016 Group Show, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

2015 Winner of FACES Gallery, PDN Magazine/Photo District News. Published September 2015

2014 Awarded Best Photographer in Cambridge, SCOUT Magazine, Cambridge, MA.

2003 Group Show, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA.

2003 Recipient of Honorable Mention in Smithsonian Magazine Photo Competition


2022 Guggenheim Fellow

2021 Saint Botolph Fellow

2021 MacDowell Residency Fellow

2019 Mass Cultural Council Fellow

2019 Photolucidia Michael Reichmann Project Grant

2004  Maine Media Workshops, Grant for Women in Photography


2022 Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Cambridge, MA

2022 Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA

2021 KUBE Gallery, UK

2020 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2020 Putney School, Putney, VT

2020 PHOTOVILLE, Brooklyn, NY

2020 University of Cincinnati, OH

2020 Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

2020 Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

2019 Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2019 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA


2021 Clan Photo Magazine

2020 VOGUE ITALIA Interview, Rica Cerbarano, Italy 

2020 LENSCRATCH Interview

2020 The Candid Frame Podcast interview, with Ibarionex Perello

2019 ARTSAKE, Real Stories/Real People in Your Art

2019 SHADE Podcast, interview on Black Childhood by London based interviewer, Lou Mensa

2018 Boston Voyager Magazine, Meet Kristen Emack

2018 The Horn Book, Race In Fairy Tales

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