Jesse Chehak

B. 1979: Los Angeles
1997-1999: New York University (AA Humanties)
2000: Cascade Wilderness + Silverthorne, CO (NOLS)
2001-2002: Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville, NY (BA Art History/Photography)
2002-2008: Brooklyn, NY
2008-2011:Santa Fe, NM
2011-2012: Los Angeles, CA
2012-2015: University of Arizona: Tucson (MFA Studio Art)
2015-Present: Milwaukee, WI

Jesse Chehak is an American photographer, artist, and educator.  His photographs and project-oriented artworks are inquisitive encounters with place, community, the environment, and experiential circumstance. His approach to portraiture and landscape photography takes its contemporary departure from the established traditions of these genres, which he developed with the guidance of the preeminent American photographers Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College and with Frank Gohlke at the University of Arizona. His art practice is underpinned by independent projects, exhibitions, and collaborative ventures across a wide spectrum of printed and digital media. Chehak applies his curiosity about the world and capacity to create visual entry points to extensive assignment work for publications including Dwell, Fortune, T Magazine, Newsweek, Nowness, Travel + Leisure, W, Wallpaper, Wire, and WSJ. Magazine. His executed commercial campaigns for brands including Aetna, Dupont, Johnson & Johnson, Lexus, Nike, American Express, and T-Mobile.

Studio Location (Riverwest)
731 East Center Street, Unit D
Milwaukee, WI 53212 USA

Client Work

WSJ., Dwell, Fortune, T Magazine, Newsweek, Nowness, Travel + Leisure, W, ID,Wonderland, Wallpaper*, Wire, More, Time Out, Vibe, Life, Ski, Outside, V, Telegraph, Stella, Time, Discover, Toro, Dujour, Christie's, Art & Auction, Christie's, Monocle, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dazed, Toro, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Elle, Esquire

Mother London, Ogilvy + Mather, Fallon London, Saatchi + Saatchi, Winkreative London, Digitas NY, Euro RCSG Paris, MFPNY, Forward WW

Aetna, Dupont, Johnson & Johnson, Lexus, Orange, Philippe Patek, Vestas, Nike, LP, American Express, T-Mobile, Eurostar, Lugz


Milwaukee Institutute of Art & Design
Summer 2018: Pre-College for Milwaukee Public Schools: Photography + Video
Spring 2018: Through The Lens (Photography & Video in Contemporary Art)

Mt. Mary University
Fall 2017: Drawing 101
Spring 2017: 2D Design + Color Theory
Fall 2016: Drawing 101

University of Arizona
Fall 2014: Intermediate Analog Darkroom
Spring 2014 Gaze: Fundamentals in Photography
Fall 2013 Undergraduate Digital Workflow/Critique
Fall 2012 Undergraduate Black & White Darkroom/Critique 

Santa Fe University of Art & Design
Fall 2010 History of Photography III: The Photograph as Contemporary Art

College of Santa Fe
Spring 2010 Large Format Camera/Advanced Studio Practice


The Morning News
August 28, 2012 "Autotypes"

The Herald Sun
April 7, 2011 "Conservation and ecology at Art Guild"

New York Times Lens Blog
July 30, 2010 "Figures in a Western Landscape"

A Public Space
Issue 8: June 2009

The Morning News
October 13, 2008 "Western Views"

Guernica Magazine
October 2008 "Western Views"

Print Magazine
January 2007 "Jesse Chehak: Film Still Lives"

Issue 9: Jan/Feb 2006 "Twos & Threes"

Solo Exhibition

Blame The Sun
2016 Perspectives (Milwaukee, WI)

Fool's Gold
2014 Lionel Rombach (Tucson, AZ, USA)

In These Woods
2011 Durham Arts Guild (Durham, NC, USA)

Fool's Gold
2008 Silverstein (New York, NY, USA)

Here We Are
2006 Lucas (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

New Landscapes
2005 Lucas (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Opening Landscapes
2002 A-Space (Bronxville, NY, USA)


Picture This Scholarship, University of Arizona

Nicholas Diana Scholar, University of Arizona

Anne Morten Scholar, University of Arizona 

American Photography 25

Baum Award Short List

Magenta Foundation Emerging Artist


Print Magazine New Visual Artist

Group Exhibition

Recent Work (Blame The Sun)
with Sonja Thomsen + Will Pergl
University of Wisconsin Parkside: Kenosha, WI, USA

Photography Is Magic
Aperture Foundation: New York, NY, USA

1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality
2015-2017 (16+ International Galleries & Exhibition Venues)

Arizona Biennial
Tucson Museum of Art: Tucson, AZ, USA

University of Arizona School of Art MFA Exhibition
University of Arizona Museum of Art: Tucson, AZ, USA

Marking Time
Laboratory of Tree Ring Research Tucson, AZ, USA

The Scattering Effect
Lionel Rombach Gallery: Tucson, AZ, USA

Among the Trees
Laboratory of Tree Ring Research Tucson, AZ, USA

University of Arizona School of Art Graduate Gallery, Tucson, AZ, USA

Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ, USA

Heat Wave: Desert Photography Exhibit and Symposium
John Sommers Gallery: Albuquerque, NM, Northlight Gallery: Tempe, AZ, and Lionel Rombach Gallery: Tucson, AZ, USA

Looking at the Land | 21st Century American Views
2012-3 Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

Play It As It Lays
2012 Edgar Varelas Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

After Hours Progressive Arts Fair
2011 Santa Fe Railyard District (Santa Fe, NM, USA)

A Place In The Sun: Picturing California
2011 Soho House (West Hollywood, CA, USA)
2011 Hi-Lite Studio and Project Space (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Forces of Nature
2009 Danese (New York, NY, USA)

August 28, 2009 Pennbrick Gallery (Santa Fe, NM, USA)

Camp Homeward Bound
2008 Chelsea Museum (New York, NY, USA)

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward
2007 Lennox Contemporary (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward
2007 Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts (New York, NY, USA)

Friends of The Highline Benefit
2006 Cipriani (New York, NY, USA)

The New Yorker's Passport To the Arts
2006 (New York, NY, USA)