address Honolulu, HI


2017 MFA (photography), University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Department of Art & Art History
2013 BA, Saint Xavier University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Design



2018- present Photography Instructor

University of Hawai’i System, Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI
Duties: Teach ART 107 Black and White Introduction to Photography course(s)

2017 Exhibition Technician

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Duties: Assist with the installation and de-installation of scheduled exhibitions at the museum including but not limited to: packing and shipping, receiving and unpacking, hanging and placement of artwork; handling permanent collection, pickup and delivery of artwork

2017 Digital Services Department Technician + Teaching Assistant

Maine Media Workshops + College, Rockport, ME
Duties: All aspects of the digital services department including equipment inventory, condition reporting, and sensor cleaning; facilitated professional lectures for visiting faculty including setting up presentations, projections, and photo/video troubleshooting
-Provided inkjet printing services to workshop students and faculty; troubleshoot all aspects of printing, calibration, and camera functions; supervised digital services department interns
-Served as workshop Teaching Assistant for Mordencage, Unveiling the Beauty with Elizabeth Opalenik and provided services including chemical mixing, technical troubleshooting, and participation in critiques

2015-2017 Exhibition Installation Assistant, Art-Handler

University of Hawai’i Art Galleries, Honolulu, HI
Duties: All aspects of exhibition installation, including unpacking of artwork, inventory, wall set up and preparation, painting, production of signage and labels, and dismantling of installations
-Assisted Exhibit Designer with exhibition layout and implementation of exhibitions
-Photo documentation of exhibitions, preparation of digital media for promotion, publication, and archival purposes

2016 Teaching Assistant

University of Hawai’i Department of Art & Art History, Honolulu, HI
Duties: Serve as teaching assistant to supervisory professor in ART 107 (Introduction to Photography) and assist in course related duties as assigned by supervisory professor;
-Participate in group grading and critique; assist students in the photographic darkroom with processing film, printing, and projects as needed

2015 Photography Workshop Studio Assistant

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Duties: Studio assistantship for two week photography workshop, “Crafting the Visual Narrative,” taught by Fritz Hoffman of National Geographic
-Assisted students with class projects, printing, camera functions, and formulating presentations on their cumulativeworkshop series

2014 Digital Lab Supervisor

University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Art & Art History, Honolulu, HI
Duties: Supervised students in sound and digital imagining computer labs, assisted students with class work, projects, and troubleshooting

2013 Photography/Videography Intern

Ocean Wings Images, Kailua-Kona, HI
Duties: Participated in underwater expeditions filming dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, and other marine life; set up/ take down photography and video equipment
-Post-production processing; maintaining company video & still archives

2012 Gallery Assistant

Saint Xavier University Gallery, Chicago IL
Duties: Evaluated gallery conditions; greeted and welcomed visitors; provided friendly service to artists and guests; assisted with exhibition installations and take downs

2011 Teaching Assistant

The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
Duties: Supervised groups of 10-15 children ages 5-12; supervised classroom activities (art projects, drawing, painting, writing, etc), conducted presentations, assisted with out of class activities, & projects


2017- present Preparator; University of Hawai’i Art Galleries + the John Young Museum of Art


2018 “Bee in Motion, Just B,” Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI (group)
2018 “FLESH/WATER,” The Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI (group)
2017 “American Collective,” Stitches & Pics Gallery, Sackets Harbor, NY (juried)
2017 “First VAC Gallery Alumni Exhibition,” Visual Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL (juried)
2017 Selections from CONTACT 3017; The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, Honolulu, HI (juried)
2017 Constructing Narrative Online Exhibition, Light Leaked Magazine (juried)
2017 An After School Special; Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (group)
2017 CONTACT 3017: Hawai’i in a Thousand Years; Honolulu Museum of Art School (juried)
2017 Artificial Sweetener; University of Hawai’i at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI (solo)
2016 Masks; South East Center for Photography, Greenville, SC (juried)
2016 The Beverly Art Walk, Tooromeem Gallery, Chicago, IL (invitational)
2016 Connect; Woody Gaddis Gallery, Edmond, OK (juried)
2015 Foreign Fruit; The Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI (solo)
2015 The Beverly Art Walk, Mini Pop Gallery, Chicago, IL (invitational)
2015 The Legacy Show; St. Xavier University Gallery, Chicago, IL (group)
2015 Prototype; Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (group)
2015 #ViewsOfOahu Online Exhibition; University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
2013 6th Annual Digital Photo Exhibition; The Beverly Arts Center, Chicago IL (juried)
2013 Senior Suitcase Art & Design Thesis Exhibition, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL (group)
2011 SXU Annual Scholarship Recipient Exhibition; St. Xavier University (group)
2009 Connections: BP A+ for Energy Program Exhibition; Chicago, IL (group)
2009 Mother McAuley Annual Juried Art Exhibition; Chicago, IL (group)


2017 Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Collection


2018 FLESH/WATER Exhibition, The Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI
2015 #ViewsOfOahu Online Exhibition; Co-Curated with Marion Cadora, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI


2016 Ain’t Bad Magazine Online Feature: Kelly Ciurej
2015 Ka Leo Newspaper: “Much Ado About Pineapples” features Kelly Ciurej
2013 Erasing Identity: A Photographic Exploration, by Kelly Ciurej (self published)


2015-17 University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Graduate Assistantship
2017 The John Young Scholarship in the Arts
2014 University of Hawai’i at Manoa Art Department, Merit Scholarship
2013 The Beverly Arts Center Digital Photo Contest, People’s Choice Award
2013 SXU College of Arts & Sciences, Outstanding Studio Art Major
2010-13 National Collegiate Scholar Member
2011-13 SXU Art Scholarship
2011-12 Saint Xavier University Academic Competitiveness Grant
2011-12 Max Goldenberg Art Scholarship


2015-present Member, Society for Photographic Education (SPE)
2015-16 Vice President, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Graduate Art Council


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