Elaine Kessler

Class of 2018


Elaine Kessler owns and operates Elaine Kessler Photography and also direct the arts-based non-profit Created Equal Trigger Exhibits, which presents interactive art exhibits that generate conversation, collaboration, and civic action. She was nominated for Business Woman of the Year, was featured in Gilbert Woman Magazine, and was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. Previous to entering the Curb MA program, she completed graduate work in Performance Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at Arizona State University, receiving both the highest scholar’s honor and the Alexander Astin Spirituality Award. She earned a BA at William and Mary where she was a Wilson Scholar majoring in English Literature and minoring in Dance. She was a Summer Institute Fellow at Northwestern University’s Center for Global Culture & Communication. She has taught courses in Asian Pacific American Studies as well as intercultural communication at ASU.

What is something you’ve learned in the Mike Curb MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program that will shape your future work? 

In the Mike Curb MA program, the piece that will shape my future work is: art + design + community engagement, together, providing not only a new way of collaborating but a new way of knowing.