About - RiverWandering

photo credit: A. Blake Gardner

Landscape forms, rocks and sediments are elements of a story if you know how to read them. Vicki McKenna uses photography to tell these stories from the  places that she explores. As a geologist and teacher, McKenna started taking photographs to use in class. Soon she became challenged by the task of representing a three-dimensional world with an engaging, two-dimensional image. Capturing photos of simplicity, subtlety, and serenity, Vicki McKenna’s work transmits a genuine sense of place. 

 After earning a PhD in Geological Sciences from Brown University and ALB in Natural Sciences from Harvard University, McKenna studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Photography Atelier at the Griffin Museum. She has had juried solo shows at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport and the Newton Free Library, and has exhibited throughout New England and along the East Coast. Among those are the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, the Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, PhotoPlace Gallery, Burlington, VT, and the Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA. McKenna has taught a freshman seminar focused on photography at M.I.T., where she also photographs for student programs and events. McKenna works from Riverwandering Studio in Newton, MA.


Exhibition History

2016 - Current

Empty Places: Abandoned Spaces: Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Travel:Faces and PlacesPhotoPlace Gallery, Burlington, VT 

Photography Atelier 27, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

Space Invaders, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA

Yellow Too, Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, MA

Still Life: the Ordinary Made Extraordinary, online gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery, Burlington, VT 

Form and Fabric, Invited Solo Show, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport, MA. 

A Sense of Place, online gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery, Burlington, VT 

2015

71st Members Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA 

Photography Now, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA 

Portraiture : Expression and Gesture, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. 

Photography Atelier 21, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2014

Platinum, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

The Built Environment, Photoplace Gallery, Burlington, VT

In Praise of Trees, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

The Human Altered Landscape, online annex, PhotoPlace Gallery, MIddlebury, VT 

Northeast Bedrock, Invited Solo Show Main Hall, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA

Finding the Light, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. 

Photography Atelier 19, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

Mainland, online gallery, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA 

2013

Community of Artists, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA 

Selected Works, Invited Solo Show, Art Expo Gallery, Harvard Vanguard Offices, Cambridge, MA

Selections from the Griffin Museum's Atelier 17, The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester, MA

12th National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA 

Photography Atelier 17, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2012

Blue, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA Juror: Joseph Thompson, Director of Mass MOCA, N. Adams, MA

Off the Wall, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA 

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