Kelsey Arrington (American, b. 1992) is an African American Fine Art Photographer. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Arrington earned her BFA in Photography from the College for Creative Studies in 2015 before moving to Washington DC to work in the arts. She now travels nomadically, creating artwork informed by her exploration of the United States. Through her artwork, Arrington investigates the depths of identity in relation to American sociocultural anthropology. Working through a process of research and photographic manipulation, she aims to excavate personal truths regarding her own Blackness and womanhood in relation to American history. 

Curriculum Vitae

Photographic Education

2015 College for Creative Studies BFA Photography 


2020 Photographers Without Borders Storytelling School: Online
2019 Museum of Modern Art Seeing Through Photographs
2017 Node Center for Curatorial Studies Curating on the Web
2016 Museum of Modern Art Modern Art & Ideas 

Solo Exhibitions

2021 Pick Me Apart Like Cotton Flowers, Granny’s Chandelier, Hamtramck
2017 Movement in Time, Mr. Henry’s Pub, DC
2014 Muse, CCS U245 Gallery, Detroit

Two-Person Exhibitions

2013 Surfer Girl (in collaboration with Marissa Jezak), CCS U245 Gallery, Detroit

Group Exhibitions

2020 Spotlight, Dominique Gallery, LA
2017 Artists At Work, Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center, DC
2016 Women, North End Studios, Detroit
2015 Collection 10, Scarab Club, Detroit
2014 Poster Child, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit