Marcella Hackbardt is a photographer currently based in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Weston Gallery in Cincinnati, The Girl’s Club Collection in Fort Lauderdale, Station Independent Projects in New York, Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and at The University of Notre Dame, among others. A book project titled Various Unbaked Cookies was included in an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in New York and Paris, and at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Germany. Two of her collaborative projected works have been performed at the 2006 and 2007 Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, Cleveland. Her work is held in public collections including the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College in Chicago, and the Girl’s Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale.

An independent curator, Hackbardt has produced exhibitions for the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, and the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Gallery, among others. 

Hackbardt is a Professor of Studio Art at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a BA in Art, and earned an MFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. In 2014, she was the Director of the Kenyon Rome Program, travelling to Rome with Kenyon students for four months.



2016                           Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois

2015                           Ohio University Chillicothe, Ohio

2012                      Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio

2011                            Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2008                           The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, Ohio


2016                           Interiors, Jadite Gallery, New York, NY

2016                           ImageOhio16, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2015                           Ed Ruscha Books & Co, Gagosian Gallery Paris, Paris, France

2015                           The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona., Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2014                           Shapeshifting: Contemporary Masculinities, Wooster Art Museum, Ohio

2014                           The Absence of Presence, Skylight Gallery, New York City

2013                           DIY: Photographers + Books, Columbia College Chicago, IL

2013                           Ed Ruscha Books & Co, Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany

2013                           In the Zone, Station Independent Projects Gallery, New York City

2013                           Various Small Books, Gagosian Gallery, New York City

2012                           Deus Ex Machina, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2012                           Re-Framing the Feminine, Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2011                            Contrasts, SohoPhoto, New York City

2011                            Fluid Terrain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio

2011                            Here’s Looking at You, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2009                           Abstract Realism, Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, South Dakota

2007                           Interactions, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

2005                           Marcella Hackbardt and Wei Hsueh, Dominican University, Chicago, Illinois

2005                           Beautiful Dreamer, SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio

2005                           Close to Home, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut

2005                           Photoaustin VI, IDEA Artspace, Austin, Texas

2004                           Re:Gender, Loranger Gallery, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan

2003                           Exhibition of American Art, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1997                    Elliptical Occurrences, 3-person show, Site 2121, Albuquerque

1994                    Underexposed, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Hollywood, California



2007                          Projection Artwork, Fault Lines, performance at Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, collaboration with Double-Edge Dance Company

2007                          Theatre set, panels totaling 60’ of color photographs, for production of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig, Attic Rep, San Antonio, Texas, collaboration with Designer Martha Penaranda

2006                          Projection Artwork, Uprooted, digital images and Flash movie, collaboration with choreographer Kora Radella, dancer Julie Brodie, and composer Ross Feller.  Performance at Pandemonium, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio; Palace Theatre, Cleveland; Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, Cleveland; North Carolina Computer Music Festival, North Carolina State University in Raleigh; and Columbus Dance Theatre

2004                          Dance performance set, The Changing Room, photo on fabric, moveable set for performance directed by Julie Brodie, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

2003                          Digital photo theatre set, moveable panels totaling 15'x21' for production ofShakespeare's As You Like It, Bolton Theatre, Kenyon College, collaboration with Designer Martha Penaranda

 2003                          Digital photo theatre set, five 4'x8' hanging panels, for production of Arthur Miller play, The Price, at the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, collaboration with Designer Martha Penaranda



2016                           Curator, Earthy Delights, Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2014                           Co-Curator, Material Message, Kahler Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

2010                       Curator, Deep Space: Ohio Photographers, Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2010                           Co-Curator, Spreading the Influence, Olin Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

2009                          Guest Curator, Heavenly Day, Buchwald Art Center, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio

2006                          Director and Curator, Fresh: Food and Culture, Buckeye Candy Company warehouse, Mount Vernon, Ohio

1999                   Co-Curator and Assistant Project Director, Cleavage: an exhibition on the breast, University of New Mexico

                                       Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque


2016                          True Confessionals, monograph, Mount Vernon: Cake Press, 2016

2010                           Various Unbaked Cookies; and Milk, monograph, Mount Vernon: Cake Press, 2010



2013                      Various Small Books: Referencing the Work of Ed Ruscha, eds. Hermann Zschiegner, Jeff Brouws,

                                          and Wendy Burton, MIT Press, 2013, pgs 226-27

2012                           Re-framing the Feminine, ed. Michelle Weinberg, Girl’s Club, 2012, pgs 34-35

2011                           Camera Obscura, journal of literature and photography, Vol 3, Sum-Fall 2011

2007                          Light+Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Robert Hirsch, Focal Press 2007, pg 323



2011                            Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Award

2009                            Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Award

2005                             First Place, National Photography Contest, Alligator Juniper literary journal, published by

                                           Prescott College, Arizona, Juror Bea Nettles, $500

2003                             Honorable Mention Award, Exhibition of American Art, Juror James Rondeau

2003                              Honorable Mention Award, Convergence, Juror Dennis Harrington



2000-present                 KENYON COLLEGE, Gambier, Ohio

                               Photography I, Botany and New Botanical Art, The Photography of Invention, 

                               Photography: Contemporary Practice, Photography II, Narrative Photography in Italy, 

                               Digital Photography, Color Photography, Contemporary Artistic Practice: Working in Rome, 

                               Digital Photography II, and Advanced Studio Seminar