Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly Ciurej (kel-ē sho͝o-rā) obtained her BA in Art and Design from St. Xavier University in 2013, where she became particularly focused on photography and digital manipulations. As a lifetime native to Chicago, with time, life on the Southside became more and more stifling. In 2014 Ciurej left Chicago and started graduate school in Hawai’i.

Now that she has distanced herself, Ciurej feels an extreme draw to dissecting and interpreting the “sticky” psychological attachment to her home in Chicago. Through the use of photographs, performance, artificial materials, and digital printing processes, she is interested in the ways in which photographs distort memories and instead create invented realities. She is concerned with the dialogue surrounding the rethinking and re-presentation of photographic ‘evidence’ of familial narration; how images can be used in ways to re contextualize subject matter and to question the reality or truths of past personal events. Ciurej has been exhibited nationally in both group and solo shows, and recently received her MFA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She currently lives and works in Honolulu, Hawai’i.


For inquires and pricing on prints + commissions:

email ciurej.k01@gmail.com
instagram kellyciurejphoto
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Selected Group + Solo Exhibitions
Selections from CONTACT 3017,” The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI
Constructing Narrative,” Online Exhibition, Light Leaked Magazine
An After School Special,” Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI
“CONTACT 3017: Hawai’i in a Thousand Years,” Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI
“Artificial Sweetener,” University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI (solo)
“Masks,” SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
The Beverly Art Walk, Tooromeem Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Connect,” Woody Gaddis Gallery, Edmond, OK
“The Legacy Show,” Chicago, IL
The Beverly Art Walk, Mini Pop Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Foreign Fruit,” The Commons Gallery, 
Honolulu, HI (solo)
“Prototype,” Honolulu Museum of Art School,
Honolulu, HI
University of Hawaii #ViewsOfOahu Online Exhibition,
Honolulu, HI
The Beverly Arts Center 6th Annual Digital Photo Contest,
Chicago, IL
Saint Xavier University Art and Design Senior Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Saint Xavier University Annual Scholarship Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Mother McAuley Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Chicago, IL
Franklin Framing, Mother McAuley Senior Art Exhibition, Chicago, IL
“Connections: BP A+ For Energy” Program Exhibition, Chicago, IL

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa 2017
Saint Xavier University 2013
BA (Art & Design)