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Kim Llerena is a photographic artist currently based in Washington, D.C. She was a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program grantee in 2021, a Flash Forward Competition top 100 winner selected by The Magenta Foundation in 2019, and one of 100 photographers invited to participate in CENTER’s Review Santa Fe in 2019. She exhibits nationally in addition to serving as full-time faculty at American University. She holds an MFA in Photographic & Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a BA in Journalism from New York University (NYU). Her work investigates our constructed relationship to place and our methods of communicating within and about our physical surroundings. She is also interested in various dualities of the photographic medium, including memory and aspiration, translation and description, art and snapshot.






SOLO EXHIBITIONS                    

2020   American Scrapbook, SOLOS 2020, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

American Miniature (collaboration), artspace, Richmond, VA

2019   American Miniature (collaboration), 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL

2018   American Miniature (collaboration), Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, TN

2017   Rust Sun Bible Corn, The Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD

2015   Rust Sun Bible Corn, VisArts, Rockville, MD

Ekphrasis, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, D.C.       

2012   Ekphrasis, MFA Thesis Exhibition III, Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2011   Nowhere More Familiar, Gateway Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD



2021   UnBound10!, juried, Candela Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

Inside Out, Upside Down, juried invitational, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Collectors’ Night 2021, juried, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Washington, D.C. (moved online)

Poster Showjuried, but-also, Washington, D.C.

2020   New Photography II, juried by Philip Brookman, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

Lost/Found, Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, D.C.

CPA Juried Exhibition, juried by Laura Sackett & Ann Jastrab, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA (online)

High Frequency: A Benefit Auction, juried, WPA in partnership with Artsy, Washington, D.C. (moved online)

Art Month 2020, invited, WPA, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, D.C. (moved online)

2019   Surfacing, The Mansion at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD (4-person exhibition)

Lost/Found, invited, Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Collectors’ Night 2019, juried, WPA, pop-up space, Washington, D.C.

Art Night 2019, invited, WPA, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, D.C.

BTP x Monochrome, juried, Halcyon, pop-up space, Washington, D.C.

2018   That’s Why I’m Here, curated by Meaghan Kent, Cody Gallery, Arlington, VA (5-person exhibition)

Vox Lacunae, curated by Grace DeWitt, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Narrative, invited, Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Art Night 2018, invited, WPA, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, D.C.

SPE Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition, juried by Anthony Goicolea, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2017   Exposure 2017, juried by Sarah Kennel, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA

PCNW 21stJuried Exh., juried by Sandra Phillips of SFMOMA, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

radius250: 7thBiennial Regional Juried Exhibition, juried by Francis Thompson, artspace, Richmond, VA

The Journey: Photographs Along the Way, juried by Sam Abell, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL

Filmideo 2017, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

2016   90thAnnual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (online exhibition)

Word & Image: Portfolio Showcase, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

SPE Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition, juried by Aline Smithson, Living Arts, Tulsa, OK

2015   HCP 33rd Membership Exhibition, juried by Russell Lord, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

Wish You Were Here 14, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Small Towns, Spokane Art School Gallery, Spokane, WA

2014   The Trawick Prize Finalist Exhibition, Gallery B, Bethesda, MD

Still Life, juried by Rebecca Senf, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2013   Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalist Exhibition, Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Regarding Territory, curated by Ginevra Shay, Furthermore Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2012   Voyeurism & Intimacy, juried by Todd Hido, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA                  

Young Blood 2012, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD 

Staging Over Manipulation, curated by Rod Malin, Guest Spot Art Space, Baltimore, MD (4-person exhibition)

2011   Studious, juried by Shane Lavalette, hosted by Lay Flat and Light Work, Spark Gallery, Syracuse, NY



2021   Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program Grant, Individual, D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities

2020   Semifinalist, The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD

2019   Flash Forward Competition top 100 winner, The Magenta Foundation

CENTER Review Santa Fe 100 photographer, Santa Fe, NM

2016   Semifinalist, 90thAnnual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014   Finalist, The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda, MD


PRESS and FEATURES                 

2021   “In the galleries: Posters and Flowers.” Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, Feb. 26

2020   “American Blues.” W. Scott Olsen,, June 30

2019   Issue 128, Fraction Magazine. Bree Lamb,, November

2018   “The Best Photo Exhibits of 2018.” Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper, Dec. 5

“Critic’s Pick: Narrative Louis Jacobson, Washington City Paper, November

“In the galleries: In Narrative, 14 artists have personal tales” Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, Nov. 23

“In the galleries: That’s Why I’m Here.” Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, April 28

2017   “With excellent Exposure, PRC bids farewell to BU.” Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe, May 5

Exposure 2017 Elin Spring, What Will You Remember blog, May 16

2015   “In the galleries: 3 artists explore 3-D.” Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, Aug. 21

“In the galleries: Two photographers, two perspectives.” Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, Aug. 8

“VisArts Presents Kim Llerena and D.B. Stovall.”, July 22

Rust Sun Bible Corn by Kim Llerena.” Alexis Lodsun,, March 31