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Photo by David Scarpa


Born: 1968, Westwood, NJ


Education: Bard College, B.A. Photography, 1991


Lives: Rhinecliff, NY

Chad Kleitsch's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum CT, CCS Bard Hessel Collection NY, The Center for Photography at Woodstock NY, Berkshire Museum MA, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art NY, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery NYC, Yancy Richardson Gallery NYC and Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson NY. In 2010 he received The Center for Photography Woodstock Photographers Fellowship Fund Award Fellowship.


Kleitsch was born and raised in New Jersey.  He earned his B.A. in photography at Bard College in New York in 1991.  He has since lectured at Bard College, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. As well he has lead classes in photography at several colleges and art centers, such as Bard College, Simons Rock, Woodstock Center for Photography and LaGuardia College.


In his 30-year career Kleitsch has produced numerous essays including a ten-year, three part photographic survey of abandoned architectural sites: Remnants of Impermanence, a study of abandoned industrial sites in the American rust belt, Asylum images of vacant psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. northeast and Lost & Found an essay of the Ellis Island’s buildings.


White Box, another ten-year the essay was national exploration that focused on the world that goes on behind the scenes of a museum art installation. Some of the institutions that have participated in the project are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Menil Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Whitney, Hammer Museum.


Street Work, a street photography essay which was included in the comprehensive volume Bystander: A History of Street Photography ( Bullfinch 2001) with an  accompanying exhibition for the publication held at The Art Institute of Chicago.


Botanical Mind is an extensive botanical survey begun in 2001 using a new photographic process called scanography (using a digital film scanner as a camera). The first large scale solo exhibition of the essay will be Eclipse Gallery, North Adams Mass. August 2013.


Another essay using the same process of scanography is called Works on Paper.  Capturing images of rare documents housed in the New York Public Library’s special collections as well a private collections around the country. The first solo exhibition of the essay was at The Camera Club of New York, May 2011.


He has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtNews Magazine.

Albany Times Union, Time Out and Fortune Magazine. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Chronogram, and The Mountain Record.

Solo Exhibitions

# HopeSpingsEternalTroy, The Arts Center Capitol Region, Troy, NY, 2022

Lost & Found – Ellis Island, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, NYC, NY, 1994

”Going Back to My Old School”  Bard   College NY, May 2016

Botanical Mind, Eclipse Gallery, North Adams MA, Aug. 2013 

Works on Paper, The Camera Club of New York, May 2011

Botanical Mind Eclipse Gallery, North Adams MA, Aug. 2013 

White Box- Photographs of the Unseen Museum,

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT Jan. 2010

Community Access, Puck Building, NYC, NY, 1999

White Box, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, NY, 2003

Rilke’s Eighth Elegy, Zen Mt. Monastery, Mt.Tremper, NY, 1997

Asylum, E3 Gallery, NYC, NY,1999

Remnants of Impermanence,

Mansfield University Art Center, Mansfield, PA, 1994

Figure & Form, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 2022

Group Exhibitions

40th Annual PhotoRegional, Opalka Gallery

Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY ,

March 2018

Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, November 2014

“On Time and Place”: Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s first 50 Years, Grand Central Station NYC.

October 2013

Warren St., Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY June 2011

Photography Now,

Juried by Vince Aletti,

CPW, Woodstock, NY, April 2011

Found, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles CA, Sept. 2010

Of and About Wood, Walter Randel Gallery, May 2009

Born of the Moment and Method,  Walter Randel Gallery, December 2008

Grace, Peer Gallery, NYC, NY, January 2008

Ex Libris, Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington MA  July 2007

The Regional Triennial of Photographic Arts, CPW, Woodstock, NY, September 2005

Adieu - A Farewell Exhibition, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, June 2005

This is not an Archive, CCS, Hessel Collection, Bard College, NY, 2005

Greed Envy Jealousy Fear, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY, 2004

Wild Flowers, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, 2004

6th Annual Photographic Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 2004

Out of the Studio, Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, 2003

Guns & Wounds, White Box Gallery Annex, NYC, 2003

Interiors & Exteriors, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, NY, 2002

The Sidewalk Never Ends, Contemporary Street Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2001

Five Photographers, Columbia Green Comm. College, Hudson, NY, 2000

Winter Show, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI, 2000

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1999

Photograph the Place, Event & Person, Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1993

1992 Exhibition Of Photography, Judged by John Szarkowski,

Pittsfield, MA, 1992

Wood, Fiber, Steel, Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1992

Still Life Like, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 2019

Photograhy of the 21st Century, Curated by Kate Menconery, Troy, NY 2016

Wall & Rha Inaugurial Gallery Opening Exhibition, Millbrook, NY 2014

Works from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Consortium Collections, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, August 2011

Pissed Elegance, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles CA, May. 2011

Still Life in Color, Carrie Haddad Photographs Oct. 2010

Architectural Photography, Carrie Haddad Photographs Oct. 2009

An Look Inside, Carrie Haddad Photographs, April 2009

Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery,

July 2008

The Set Up, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson NY September 2007

Into The Garden, Babylon Fine Arts, Housatonic, MA  May 2007

Photographing the Museum,

Yancy Richardson Gallery, NYC,

August, 2005

7th Annual Photographic Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, March 2005

Still Life & Stilled Lives, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, 2005

Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 2004

Inaugural Exhibition, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 2004

Inside/Outside? Observations in Nature, Upstate Art, Phoenicia, NY, 2003

The World We Live In, Upstate Art, Phoenicia, NY, 2003

Hudson Alley Project, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY, 2002

Extraordinary Photographers, Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson, NY, 2002

Share the Vision, Cooper Union, NYC, NY, 2000

52 Artists We Like, Wall St. Viewing Room, NYC, 2000

LTD, Margaret Bodell Gallery, NYC, 1999

Third Annual Photo Exhibit, Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1994

Photographs By Chad Kleitsch, Merchant & Ivory Foundation, Claremont, NY, 1993

National Art Exhibition, World Trade Center, NYC, 1992

Kanazwa College of Art, International Art Exhibition, Kanazwa, Japan, 1991


Woodstock Center For Photography Fellowship Winner 2010

Merchant & Ivory Grant, 1993

Center Project Competition Runner Up 2007


Eclipse Gallery, North Adams MA, Aug 2013

The Camera Club of New York, May 2011

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT Jan. 2010

Woodstock Center For Photography 2006

Yale University, CT, 2002

Columbia Green College, NY, 1999

Sarah Lawrence College, NY 1997Sarah Lawrence College, NY 1997

Mansfield University, PA 1994Mansfield University, PA 1994

La Guardia College, NY 1993


Bard College at Simon’s Rock 2014-15

Woodstock Center For Photography 2006-08

Bard College NY 2004-12 (Subsitute PhotoTeacher)

La Guardia College, NY 2001

Columbia Green College, NY, 2000

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