Jennifer Kaczmarek (b. 1973, Pensacola, FL) was raised in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale area. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts from the College for Design and Social Inquiry with a focus on Criminology & Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Jennifer later went on to study at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, FL.

In 2011, Jennifer founded Love for Alyssa, Inc. after the self-titled documentary work based on a little girl named Alyssa Hagstrom, who was born with arthrogryposis. Love for Alyssa was featured on CNN Photos, CNN Health, and CNN In America. In 2012, the project was a finalist for the Michael P. Smith Fund as well as selected as one of the Critical Mass 50. Inspired by Love for Alyssa, Jennifer founded Taking Focus, a 501c3 organization that supports photographers and filmmakers through fiscal sponsorship to pursue their documentary projects by using the art of photography, video, and online media to raise awareness and funds for those in need.

In 2015 Jennifer was invited by the Orlando Museum of Art to be one of 10 artists selected throughout the state of Florida to represent their 2nd annual Florida Art Prize for Contemporary Art exhibition. 

Jennifer is available for commission work worldwide and resides in Palm Coast, FL, with her husband, and three children.


EDUCATION

Associate of Applied Science, Southeast Center for Photographic Studies

Daytona State College

Specialization in Photographic Technology, May 2010

Bachelor of Science from the College for Design and Social Inquiry 

Florida Atlantic University 

With a focus on Criminology, May 2000


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Hollingsworth Gallery, "Love for Alyssa" (Palm Coast, FL), May 2012


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Southeast Museum of Photography, Dispatches From the Front, (Daytona Beach, FL), July 11, 2017

Orlando Museum of Art, Permanent Collection, (Orlando, FL), January 2016

Orlando Museum of Art, Florida Art Prize for Contemporary Art (Orlando, FL), June 2015

Flagler County Art Exhibition, (Flagler Beach, FL), December 2014

Exposure, (DeLand, FL), May 2014

Southeast Museum of Photography, Critical Mass 50, (Daytona Beach, FL), August 2013

Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Critical Mass 50, (Atlanta, Georgia), 2013

Hollingsworth Gallery, (Palm Coast, FL), October 2011

SECCA Tree Studios, (Palm Coast, FL), May 2011

SECCA Tree Studios, (Palm Coast, FL), February 2011

Southeast Museum of Photography, Faces of Ability, (Daytona Beach, FL), January 2010

Southeast Museum of Photography, Departures '09, (Daytona Beach, FL), 2009

Southeast Museum of Photography, Faces of Ability,(Daytona Beach, FL), 2009

Gallery 202, Easter Seals, (Daytona Beach, FL), 2009

International Photography Hall of Fame, (Oklahoma City, Ok), 2009            

Rochester Institute of Technology, (Rochester, NY), 2009

Focal Point Visual Arts Center, (Vancouver, BC Canada), 2009

Tongue and Groove Gallery, (DeLand, FL), October 2009

Calmate Cafe, (Port Orange, FL), 2009

Tongue and Groove Gallery, (DeLand, FL), March 2009

Brooks Institute of Photography, (Santa Barbara, CA), 2008

Tongue and Groove Gallery, Perspectives, (DeLand, FL), 2008

Tongue and Groove Gallery, Skin, (DeLand, FL), 2008

Tongue and Groove Gallery, The Mask, (DeLand, FL), 2007

Daytona State College, Gallery 202, (Daytona Beach, FL) 2007

Gallery 142, Mermaids, (DeLand, FL), 2007

Palm Beach Community College Art Exhibition, Juried Exhibition, (Palm Beach Gardens, FL), 2004


ACCOLADES

OMA, Florida Art Prize In Contemporary Art, One of 10 Artist Selected to Represent The State of Florida's Prestigious Exhibition, 2015

Critical Mass 50, 2012

New Orleans Photo Alliance, The Michael P. Smith Fund, Finalist, 2012

American Photo's Images of the Year 2008, Honorable Mention, Single Image, 2008 

International Photography Awards 2008, Honorable Mention, Single Image, 2008

Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA), Third Prize, Single Image, 2008

Student of the Year, Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, 2007

Who's Who, Daytona State College, 2007

Creekside Festival, Grand Prize, Single Image Contest, 2007

Scholarship, Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, 2007

Photographer's Forum Magazine, Honorable Mention, Single Image, 2006

Creekside Festival, First Place, Single Image, 2006

Creekside Festival, Best In Show, First Place, Single Image, 2005

Photographer's Forum Magazine, Finalist, Single Image, 2004

Palm Beach Community College Art Exhibition, First Place, Single Image, 2004


COLLECTIONS

Orlando Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, Southeast Center for Photographic Studies,

and private collectors.


PUBLICATIONS


Jennifer Kaczmarek, "Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Through the Eyes and Suffering of Those Who Need It Most", Flagler Live, November 4, 2016

https://flaglerlive.com/101608/weed-jennifer-kaczmarek/


Jim Abbott, "Photographer Captures Medical Marijuana Advocates", Daytona News Journal, November 3, 2016

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20161102/photographer-captures-medical-marijuana-advocates


Jenn Allen, "Breaking the Law: Jennifer Kaczmarek’s Documentary Series On Medical Marijuana", Artborne Magazine, October 31, 2016

https://artbornemagazine.com/breaking-the-law-jennifer-kaczmareks-documentary-series-on-medical-marijuana/


Emelia Hitchner, "Second Time Around, Medical Marijuana Changes Lives", The Saint Augustine Record, October 24, 2016

http://staugustine.com/local-news-news/2016-10-24/second-time-around-medical-marijuana-changes-lives



Jessica Bryce Young and Richard Reep, "From Neon to Napalm, OMA's Florida Prize Exhibition Is Loud, Chaotic, and Totally Gorgeous", Orlando 

Weekly, August 12, 2015

http://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/from-neon-to-napalm-omas-florida-prize-exhibition-is-loud-chaotic-and-totally-gorgeous/Content?oid=242305   



Rick de Yampert, "Photogs Bring 'Stills' to Daytona's Bethune Gallery," Go386.com/News Journal Online, November 22, 2013

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20131122/ent/131129879


Lacey McLaughlin, Photographer Uses Camera, Nonprofit to Help Others, May 25, 2013

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20130525/photographer-uses-camera-nonprofit-to-help-others


Aline Smithson, “Jennifer Kaczmarek”, Lenscratch:Fine Art Photography Daily, March 14, 2013

http://lenscratch.com/2013/03/jennifer-kaczmarek/


Constantin Nimigean, publisher, “Jennifer Kaczmarek Les Enfants,”  Oitzarisme: Romanian Online Magazine on Photography, February 22, 2013

http://www.oitzarisme.ro/2013/02/22/jennifer-kaczmarek-lesenfants


Brett Roegiers, “Love for Alyssa Still Grows,” CNN Photo Blogs, July 2, 2012

http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/category/jennifer-kaczmarek/


Maria La Magna, “Love for Alyssa: Examining Arthrogryposis,” CNN Photo Blogs/Children’s Health, July 2, 2012

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/02/love-for-alyssa-examining-arthrogryposis/


Lacey McLaughlin,  “A Special ‘Spirit’- Photographer Captures Trials, Triumphs of Disabled Ormond Beach Girl,” Daytona News Journal, May 12 2012

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20120512/articles/305129949?template=printpicart


Pierre Tristam, “In ‘Love for Alyssa,’ an 8-Year-Old Girl’s Heart for Life Is Unbridled in Kaczmarek’s Photos,” Flagler Live, May 10, 2012

http://flaglerlive.com/38001/love-for-alyssa/


Shanna Fortier, “Hollingsworth Features Art with A Cause,” Palm Coast Observer, May 9, 2012 

http://www.palmcoastobserver.cm/news/palm-coast/Neighborhood/050920124166/Hollingsworth-features-art-with-a-cause?page=110


Tom Burton, “Photography Heps Those in Need,” Orlando Sentinel, May 4, 2012

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-05-04/news/os-love-for-alyssa-20120504_1_raffles-and-donations-documentary-photography-charity-organization


Shanna Fortier, “Love for Alyssa, in Photos,” Palm Coast Observer, April 7, 2011

http://www.palmcoastobservr.com/news/palm-coast/Neighborhood/04072011787/Love-for-Alyssa-in-photos


Mark Baratelli, Publisher, “Raffle for Love for Alyssa, Inc., Not-Profit Fundraiser,” The Daily City: Orlando Even Blog, March 27, 2012

http://www.thedailycity.com/2012/03/rffle-for-alyssa-inc-not.html


Pierre Tristam, “Dares from the Familiar from 7 Photographers at Hollingsworth Gallery’s Latest Show,” Flagler Live, October 8, 2011

http://flaglerlive.com/29250/seven-cameras-hollingsworth-gallery/



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