Bruce Checefsky


Bruce Checefsky is a photographer and Director of the Reinberger Galleries at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He received a MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

He also attended International Center of Photography in New York City and received a BS from Kutztown University. For the past 13 years he has moonlighted as a maker of short, independent films that have shown widely around the world – from MoMA and the Anthology Film Archives to the Tate Modern and the Rotterdam Film Festival. Checefsky has carved out a unique niche for himself by reimagining and making abstract and avant-garde Eastern European shorts from the 1920s to the 1940s that were either lost, destroyed, or conceived/scripted but never filmed. He received Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Excellence in Film for 2007 and 2013. In 2009, Checefsky was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

He is recipient of the 2013 Judson Award for Cultural Contributions and 2012 Medal of Excellence from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He is also received a Baker Nord Center for the Humanities Fellowship from CASE University in 2009. He is a four-time recipient of CEC Artslink International Fellowships to Warsaw, Poland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Budapest, Hungary. In 2005, Checefsky was artist in residence at the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, where he directed an experimental film written by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Pawlowski in 1954.

He also received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art and Art Matters, both based in New York City. Bruce Checefsky’s works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Cleveland Museum of Art; The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; Dealer Tire Corporation; Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Progressive Insurance; Rigid Tool Company; among other private and corporate collections. His photographs and films have been exhibited and screened internationally in more than 30 countries.