Chelsea Polk is a multimedia artist and musician. Originally from Cleveland, she began her career in photography and video and has since focused in sound design + installation, writing, and cello performance. She received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Now based in Boston, Chelsea provides media and technology support at MIT's Program in Art, Culture, and Technology and handles operations at a tech-enabled photography platform, Pretty Instant. Latest projects include Everything Converges into Nothingness, a three-part video and audio series commenting on the rise of the intersection of art and science by exploring the hydrology of local Massachusetts reservoirs and 44,320, a podcast and short story about 8 bogs in North America, Ireland, and Eastern Europe. In her free time, Chelsea plays cello with the New England Philharmonic. 


Education 

2019 

MFA in Multimedia, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA


2017

BFA in Photography + Video, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH


Exhibitions

2019 

MassArt Masters Thesis Exhibition (pt. 2), Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

44,320 Mass Art MFA Thesis Show, Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA 


2018

2nd Year Collective, Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA


2017

Maps of Placelessness (BFA Thesis Show), Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

American Fiber, The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH 


2016

Dissimilarity, Ann & Norman Roulet Student & Alumni Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Peer Show, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland, OH

Waterloo Juried Arts Exhibition, Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland, OH

NEO Student Show, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

Landscapes: Nature and Social Interaction, John F. Seiberling Gallery, Peninsula, OH

70th Annual Student Independent Exhibition, CIA's Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH


2015

Happened Then, Happening Now, Forum Artspace at W. 78th St. Studios, Cleveland, OH 


2013

Black Friday Anti-Capitalist Collective, Doubting Thomas Gallery, Tremont, OH


Productions 

Sink (2019) — Sound Designer 

Exordium (2019) — Sound Recordist 

The Landlord (2019) — Sound Recordist 


Awards + Presentations 

2019

44,320 Lecture for Jane D. Marsching's Sustainability Studio, Mass Art, Boston, MA 

Media Matters Panel for the Continuing Education Department, Mass Art, Boston, MA 


2018 

RIXC Global Control Art & Science Festival, Presenter on Kemeri Bog, Riga, Latvia


2017

Third Agnes Gund Memorial Scholarship for Travel 


2016

Joyce Seid ‘77 Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Photography, The Cleveland Institute of Art 

Prizm Sponsorship Award70th Student Independent Exhibition, The Cleveland Institute of Art 


2013

Gund Family Scholarship, The Cleveland Institute of Art 



Press

cleveland.com

hyperallergic

wired

public broadcasting of latvia


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