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Ashley Czajkowski is an artist, mother and educator working in a number of interdisciplinary methods. Driven by personal experience, her research explores social constructions related to the feminine, the maternal, mortality and the psychological manifestation of and the human-animal. Though situated in photography, Czajkowski's practice also incorporates video, installation, and alternative print processes, pushing the expected boundaries of the photographic art medium.

Czajkowski earned her BFA in 2009 from Emporia State University and her MFA in 2015 from Arizona State University. Czajkowski’s work has been exhibited and published widely, most recently included in becoming-Feral, a book of poetry, essay, and art investigating human/other-animal relationships. Currently in Mesa, Arizona, Czajkowski is invested in her local art community and has served as a creative collaborator for the Creative Push Project, the Curator of Special Projects for Tilt Gallery, the President of eye lounge artist collective, and was the recipient of the inaugural TAFF Award from Phoenix Artlink in 2017. As an educator, she assists with Mortem, a research residency for Ayatana’s Biophilia Wild School for Artists based out of Canada. Czajkowski teaches as an Assistant Teaching Professor for the Digital Photography online program at ASU where she developed a course on Death and Photography in tandem with a biannual exhibition she curates titled Memento Mori.

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2015 Master of Fine Arts, Photography, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas




2023    Memento Mori III: On Death and Photography, Curatorial Exhibition, Harry Wood Gallery,

           Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2021    Memento Mori: Memento Vivere: On Death and Photography, Curatorial Exhibition,

           Norhtlight Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2019    Awakening, Installation and Performance, nueBOX, Phoenix, AZ

2021    Memento Mori: An Exhibition on Death and Photography, Curatorial Exhibition,

           Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2018    Renascent, Pheonix Artlink’s TAFF Award, Pop-up Exhibition, Phoenix

           Anamorphosis, eye lounge Contemporary Art Space, Phoenix, Arizona

2017    Of a Domestic Ritual: New works by Ashley Czajkowski, eye lounge Contemporary Art Space and Collective, Phoenix, Arizona

2016    vestiges, eye lounge Artist Collective and Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

2015    unBecoming, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Step Gallery, ASU Phoenix, Arizona

2009   Naivete, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Newman Gallery, Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas




2018 Alternative Process Exhibition, Curated by Dan Burkholder, Soho Photo Gallery,

    New York, NY

PHX ART NOW, Curated by Grant Vetter, Step Gallery, ASU, Phoenix, AZ

Object Inspiration, Curated by Peter Bugg, Chandler Arts Center, Chandler, AZ

2017 At the Intersection of Memory and Conjecture: Exhibition Honoring William

   Jenkins, Curated by Liz Allen, Northlight Gallery, ASU, Phoenix, Arizona

     The Image of the Savage: International Juried Exhibition, Millepiani Art Space,

   Rome, Italy

     Nasty Women | Phoenix, Grand Arthaus, Phoenix, Arizona

     Nasty, Noisy, Naked and Knitting Women, Curated by Grant Vetter- Galleries

   Director at Arizona State University, Fine Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ

Portrait: International Juried Exhibition, CICA Museum (Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Musuem), South Korea

2016 Soho Photo Alternative Processes: 12th Annual Competition, Juror: Miriam Leuchter- Editor-in-Chief of American Photo, SohoPhoto Gallery, NY

Home, Juror: Kevin Miller- Southeast Museum of Photography, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

In Sight: An Ekphrastic Collaboration between Eye Lounge and Four Chambers  Press, eye lounge Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona


 2015  Realizations: A Fine Art Exhibition of MFAs, Curated by Gregory Simoncic,    Frontal Lobe Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Force of Nature: Exploring the Power of the Feminine, Juror: Judith Brodsky, New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire

2014 CURRENT:Bridging Digital Technologies, Curated by Mary Hood, Associate Professor at Arizona State University, Night Gallery, Tempe, Arizona

Impromptu- A Spontaneous Exhibition of Work by ASU Graduate Students, Curated by Ashley Czajkowski, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2013 Bound/Rebound- Artist Made Books, Juror: Ashley Rice, Associate Director of Lisa Sette Gallery, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, Tempe AZ

        Four Corners: Southwest Juried Photography Show, SPE Southwest,

Juror: Ariel Shamburg, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver

Heatwave: Desert Photography Exhibition and Symposium- traveling

exhibition, Juror: Rod Slemmons, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, University of Arizona, Tuscon, and Arizona State University, Tempe

2012 Opposition: Juried Exhibition, Graduate Student Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2011 Synthesis: Mixed Media Photography, National Juried Exhibition,

Juror: Russel Joslin, The Darkroom, New Orleans, Louisiana

2010 The Portrait:A Juried Group Exhibition, L. Nowlin Gallery, Austin, Texas

Obscura: Click the Light Fantastic, National Juried Alternative Processes Photography Exhibition, The Soundry, Vienna, Virginia

2009 Formerly and Hereafter, International Online Juried Exhibition, Juror

    Christina Z. Anderson,

Kansas Collegiate Aesthetics, Juried State Exhibition, The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas




2018 Arizona State University, Faculty Associate, Digital Photography I & II, Online Create online video lectures and demonstrations, specific to digital photography and contemporary theory for digital media and the photograph as an artform. Facilitate group discussions and class critiques in online platforms. Create individualized video feedback for students

   2018- Scottsdale Community College, Adjunct Faculty, Darkroom and Alt Pro Photo

2015 Photography I: Beginning analog film development and darkroom photographic printing

Photography II and Advanced Projects: Advanced darkroom techniques, fiber paper, medium format film, experimental technique and conceptual photographic theory.

Alternative Photo Processes: Alternative, experimental and historic photographic processes.

The Portfolio: Assist advanced art students to create a cohesive body of work and professional practices including writing artist statements, CVs, and creating a website.

  Creative Push Project, Sound Technician & Story Editor

Assist in interviewing participants, creating and archiving media, editing sound files into seamless narratives.

2016 Eye Lounge Gallery and Artist Collective, President

Mesa Community College, Adjunct Faculty, Intro to Digital Photography Beginning digital photography, its technical and aesthetic aspects as a contemporary artform

Central Arizona College, Adjunct Faculty, Intro to Digital Photo & Photoshop Beginning techniques for digital photography and editing in  Photoshop


2015- Arizona State University, Instructor of Record, Digital Media & Photography

2012                    Introduction to Digital Media: Sole instructor of record, concerning raster graphics, vector graphics, animation sound and video art. utilizing Adobe Creative Suite programs

Photography I Instruct lab section of the photo course including both film and digital camera controls, analog film and darkroom printing, as well as digital photo editing and sequencing.

Gallery Archivist Create schedule with students and document work, photograph and archive student exhibitions.

  Tilt Gallery, Assistant Curator, Scottsdale, Arizona

Reviewing and selecting artists’ work, assisting with preparations for exhibitions, handling public relations and sales, archiving works, assisting visiting artists and photographers

2015                     Scottsdale Community College, Instructor, Digital Storytelling Workshop,    Jr. Ace Program Summer Camp, Scottsdale

Design and structure the two week workshop, lead students in demos, lectures, discussions and creative activity

2014 Hayden’s Ferry Review, Art Editor, Tempe, Arizona

Reviewing and selecting artist submissions for publication in HFR literary magazine, layout design and image sequencing.

2012 Art Intersection, Workshop with Anna Strickland, Assistant, Gilbert, Arizona

   Assist visiting artist with supply lists, preparation of chemistry and paper,    guiding students with platinum/palladium and  gum bichromate processes

2011 L.D. Vinci Studios, Drawing and Painting Instructor, Chandler, Arizona Setting up and preparing for classes, leading students in aspects of drawing and painting, focus and finishing on a deadline.

Connect S.C.C., Paiute Center, Workshop Assistant, Scottsdale, Arizona Assist in educating students on goals of the workshop, leading discussions, guide students in making photographs and using photographs and other materials to make an artist book

2009 Eppink Art Gallery, Emporia State University, Assistant, Emporia, Kansas Archiving artwork in permanent collection, matting and framing original artwork, installing and documenting exhibitions,

photographing collection and exhibitions, digitally enhancing photographs




2018 Ayatana Residency: Mortem, invited participant in artist research residency, Ontario, Canada

Invited juror for Emerge 2018, Student Photography exhibition, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona

Work Published, Femme Fotale Volume V: Resistance, Resilience & Hope, January 2018

2017 The Artist Forward Fund, Inaugural Award and Grant Recipient, Phoenix Artlink

Work Published, LoosenArt: Image of the Savage, Exhibition Catalogue, May 2017

Work Published, Femme Fotale Leafless, February 2017

2016 Work Published, Femme Fotale Volume III: Analog and Alternative Process, September 2016

Work Published, In Sight: An Ekphrastic Collaboration between eye lounge and Four Chambers Press, Four Chambers Press, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2016

2015 SPE (Society for Photography Educators) Southwest Travel Scholarship, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, New Orleans, LA

Portfolio Published, Superstition [Review], Online Literary Magazine, Art Editor: Reagan Hanley, Issue 15, Spring 2015

2013 Honorable Mention, Bound/Rebound, Juried Exhibition, Tempe, Arizona

2010 Best of Show Award, Uncorked, Juried Exhibition, Salado, Texas

2009 Emerging Artist Award, Kansas Arts Commission, Topeka, Kansas

People’s Choice Award, National Fellowship Competition, Wichita, Kansas National Photography Fellowship Recipient, Center Gallery, Wichita, KS Portfolio Published, Emerge Artzine, January 2009

2008 Art 96 Scholarship, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas





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