Stefanie Klavens’ photography focuses on the importance of place, highlighting the built environment and documenting the visual culture of the American popular landscape. Her photographs encourage deeper thought into subject matter often taken for granted: historic single-screen movie palaces, mid-century motels, drive-in theaters, and the quirky individuality displayed in private homes and places of business. Through her work she preserves a cultural record of the past.
Klavens studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, where she received her BFA and was awarded a Traveling Fellowship. She’s received numerous grants and awards including Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist in 2017 and 2015; Puffin Foundation, 2018; Artists Resource Trust, 2014; and short-list for the APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship in 2014.
She’s exhibited at a variety of national and international venues including Sanlang Art Dimension, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA; the National Heritage Museum, Lexington MA; Photographic Resource Center at Boston University; Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY; Houston Center for Photography; and Vermont Center for Photography among others. Her work has been featured online in CNN’s Ones to Watch, Italy’s la Repubblica, Lenscratch, Slate, and Feature Shoot.