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Lissa Rivera is a photographer and curator based in Brooklyn, NY whose work has received multiple grants and honors and been exhibited internationally. She grew up near Rochester, New York, home of Eastman Kodak, where as a child she was exposed to the treasures at the Eastman Museum. Rivera has worked professionally in collections for over ten years, including at the Museum of Sex where she is Associate Curator. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture. “Beautiful Boy,” Rivera’s latest project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse. 

Selected press for “Beautiful Boy” includes The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Slate, The Guardian, Creative Boom, Flavorwire, and Metal Magazine among many others. Rivera’s honors include the Peter Urban Legacy Award, Griffin Museum; Emerging Photography Award, Feature Shoot; Exposure 2016, Photographic Resource Center; People’s Choice Award, Filter Photo Festival; Artist in Residence, Ace Hotel; Purchase Prize, Danforth Museum of Art; Top 50 winner, Critical Mass; Aaron Siskind Award, School of Visual Arts; and inclusion in the “Women to Watch” biennial exhibition at the National Museum of Woman in Arts. Her photography has been featured in several publications, including the book “25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers” (PowerHouse Books), curated by Silvia Plachy. Rivera is represented by ClampArt, New York.