Kat Kiernan was raised on the coast of Maine. Now a city-dweller, the influence of her rural upbringing can be seen in her autobiographical photographs rooted in the natural world. Often using herself as her subject, her work explores feelings of uncertainty. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and been featured in publications including China Life, Lenscratch, and The Woven Tale Press. In 2012, she was named one of Artpil’s “30 under 30” women photographers to watch.
Kiernan lives in Brooklyn where she is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures and the Associate Director of Kaish Family Art Project. She curated numerous exhibitions as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston and owner of The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia. In 2015, she received the Griffin Museum’s Rising Star Award for her contributions to the photographic community. Kiernan’s writings on photography have been published in journals and blogs including Art New England Online, Feature Shoot, and Big, Red, and Shiny, as well as in books, including Agnieszka Sosnowska: Myth of a Woman (The National Museum of Iceland, 2019), and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect, 2017). 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
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
2016-17 Space, 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
2018 Panelist, More Than a Post: Online Galleries and Magazines, Filter Photo, Chicago, IL
2018 Guest Critic, FIT, New York, NY
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
2011 BFA Photography & Art History, Lesley University College of Art and Design, magna cum laude