Biography

Lori Kella was born in St. Joseph Michigan in 1974.  She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA from Cornell University in 2001.  Kella’s photography explores the complexity of the 21st century landscape by crafting elaborate fictions meant only for the camera’s lens. These images bring to the surface hidden truths that belie our understanding of the natural world and call into question the permanence of our surroundings.  Kella has exhibited in prestigious venues such as The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum, Galerie Drei and the Rathuas in Dresden Germany, The Print Center in Philadelphia, Site: Brooklyn in NY, MOCA Cleveland, Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Filter Photo in Chicago, IL, and William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, OH. Her newest series titled Erie: Lost and Found; Vanishing Shoreline examines climate change along the Great Lakes. Solo exhibitions of this artwork are scheduled at PhotoCentric in Cleveland, and at the Rosewood Art Center in Kettering, OH. Photographs from this series are also featured in State of the Art 2020 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Kella has received four OAC Individual Fellowships Awards, a full fellowship to attend Vermont Studio Center, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, and funding from ArtPlace America and the Andy Warhol Foundation.  Lori Kella lives on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland, OH and is a faculty member at Kent State University’s School of Art.

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