Marcella Hackbardt is a visual artist and educator living in central Ohio. She is a professor of studio art at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her current work explores aspects of knowledge, self-reflection, the environment, and symbolic states. She received her M.F.A. in studio art/photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a B.A. in studio art from the University of Alaska Anchorage. 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. Two of her projected works have been performed at the Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, Cleveland. 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.

Her curatorial projects include two exhibitions of contemporary photography at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. She has received recognition and support for her work from OAC Individual Excellence Grants, Kenyon College Faculty grants, the Midwest Society for Photographic Educators, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association. In 2014, she was the Director of the Kenyon Rome Program, traveling to Rome with Kenyon students for four months. She is a Professional Practices Committee Member for the College Art Association.



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



2018                           Tapped, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

2017                           From Virtual to Actual, Viridian Artists, New York, New York

2017                           Annual Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, Vermont

2017                           ImageOhio17, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

2016                           Interrupted, Coburn Art Gallery, Ashland University, Ohio

2016                           Ed Ruscha Books & Co, Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, California

2016                           Light & Shadow, 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

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 of  Shakespeare'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

                                  Featuring 15 of Ohio’s contemporary photographic artists


2014                           Co-Curator

                                  Material Message, Kahler Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

                                  Co-curated with Molly Bondy, the exhibition focused on photographic representations of fabric


2010                           Curator

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

                                  Featuring 14 of Ohio’s contemporary photographic artists


2010                           Co-Curator

                                  Spreading the Influence, Olin Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

                                  Co-curated with Francie Bishop Good, Jane Hart, Michelle Weinberg and Karen Snouffer, including works from the Girl’s                                          Club Collection, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


2009                          Guest Curator

                                  Heavenly Day, Buchwald Art Center, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio

                                       The inaugural exhibition for the new, renovated, downtown MVNU Art Department space


2006                          Director and Curator

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

                                  An exhibition of photography, painting, and sculpture


1999                           Co-Curator and Assistant Project Director

                                  Cleavage: an exhibition on the breast, University New Mexico Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque

                                  A selection of artwork by 30 artists addressing the breast. In addition, a series of free public events

                                         presented perspectives that expanded the dialogue of the exhibition.



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



2017                               Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Award

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

Art Studio 106  Photography I

Art Studio 191/Biology 191  Special Topics: Botany and New Botanical Art

Art Studio 226  The Photography of Invention

Art Studio 225  Special Topics: The Electronic Photographic Image

Art Studio 227  Photography: Contemporary Practice

Art Studio 228  Photography II

Art Studio 291  Narrative Photography in Italy

Art Studio 321  Digital Photography

Art Studio 320  Color Photography

Art Studio 391  Contemporary Artistic Practice: Working in Rome

Art Studio 391  Special Topics: Digital Photography II

Art Studio 480/481  Advanced Studio Seminar