Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat divides her time between Brooklyn, New York and Boston. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Her stock photography is represented by Glasshouse Images

KatKiernanPhotography [at] gmail [dot] com

Kat Kiernan

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Between Earth and Water, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV

Awards and Honors

2015 Rising Star Award, Griffin Museum of Photography.
            Awarded for contributions to the photographic community.

2012 30 Under 30 Women Photographers
            Named one of 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Unbound8!, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA

2017 Size Doesn't Matter, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

2016-17Space, Griffin Museum of Photography, Lafayette City Center Gallery, Boston, MA; Camera Commons, Dover, NH

2014 Alternative Processes, juried by Christopher James, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2014 Photographs by Emerging Artists (auction), Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY

2013 Adventures Across the Seven Seas, United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Soar, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2013 40 Under 40, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

2012 The Kiernan Ten, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2011 Shifting of Form, The Art Institute of Boston Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2011 Surreal Visions, The Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

Selected Publications

2019 Woven Tale Press, Vol. VII #5, Artist Feature

2018 Photograph Magazine, "In Profile: Kat Kiernan"

2017 China Life Magazine, Issue #144, Artist Feature

2017 What Will You Remember? "Curator's Viewpoint"

2017 Musée Magazine, "An Interview with Don't Take Pictures Founder Kat Kiernan"

2015 The Southern Photographer, "Kat Kiernan Recognized as a Rising Star"

2014 Lenscratch, "The Kat Kiernan Mixtape"

2013 Fraction Magazine, Issue #50

2013 F-Stop Magazine, Issue #58

2013 Crusade for Art, Interview

2012 PDN Online, "Glasshouse Images Welcomes Kat Kiernan"

2012 The Southern Photographer, "In the Galleries"

2012 Umter Magazine, Issue #4, Artist Feature

2012 F-Stop Magazine, Issue #51

2012 Stonethrower, Exhibition Review

2011 Photo Technique Magazine, Artist Feature

2011 Dig Boston, Exhibition Review



2019 Juror, Women by Women, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

2019 Juror, Annual Members Exhibition, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

2019 Juror, Trees: Life in the Slow Lane, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2019 Reviewer, Month of Photography, Denver, CO

2018 Juror, Living Image, The Halide Project, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Reviewer, Filter Photo

2018 Juror, Photolucida Critical Mass

2018 Reviewer, FotoFest

2017 Juror, Prime, Filter Photo

2017 Reviewer, Click! Festival of Photography

2017 Reviewer, FlashPoint Festival

2017 Juror, Celebrating the Creative Process, PhotoPlae Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2017 Reviewer, Filter Photo

2017 Juror, Photolucida Critical Mass

2017 Juror, Small Works, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2017 Reviewer, Photolucida

2017 Juror, She, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2017 Reviewer, American Photographic Artists New York

2016 Juror, Photolucida Critical Mass

2016 Co-curator, Virtual: An Immersive Art Exhibit, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Reviewer, Filter Photo Festival

2015 Curator, Jock Sturges Retrospective, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Juror, Society for Photographic Education Scholarship Awards

2015 Juror, Photolucida Critical Mass

2015 Juror, Long Shot, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

2015 Juror, Images, Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, CT

2014 Juror, Photolucida Critical Mass

2014 Reviewer, PhotoNOLA

2013 Reviewer, FotoWeek DC


2018 Panelist, More Than a Post: Online Galleries and Magazines, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL

2017 Panelist, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2017 Guest Speaker, The New School, New York, NY

2016 Guest Speaker, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

2014 Guest Speaker, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2013 Guest Speaker, Virginia Professional Photographers Association, Lexington, VA

2013 Guest Speaker, Rockbridge Area Arts Guild, Lexington, VA


2011 BFA Photography, Art History minor, Lesley University College of Art and Design, magna cum laude