Mary Kocol

Garden Roses ©2008, Mary Kocol

Mary Kocol is a fine art and editorial photographer based in Boston. She's a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Council grants. Editorial clients include The New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Doubleday.


Online Features:

L'Œil de la Photographie/ Eye of Photography
, 2020
L' Oeil de la Photographie/The Eye of Photography, 2017
Aspect Initiative
Good2b Culture Journal in Spain
Online group show: Beauty/Beautiful, F-Stop

One Person Exhibitions

2020, 2017, 2013, 2010, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1997, 1995, 1993 Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA
2020            Ice Gardens, Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA
2016            Gardens and Arboreta, Park Street Church, Boston, MA
Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY
                    Select Toy Camera Garden Photographs, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

2010             Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2009            Trinity Church Photography Project, Trinity Church in the City of Boston, MA

2005            Julia Margaret Cameron Museum, Isle of Wight, England, UK

2004, 1999, 1992, 1989 Atrium Gallery, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA

2003            Sojourn, Wethersfield Museum- Keeney Memorial, Wethersfield, CT

1998            Color and Toy Camera Photography, Gordon College, Wenham, MA           

                    Color Night Photography, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA

1996            Venice, San Francisco, & Somerville, Dean's Gallery, MIT, Cambridge, MA

1996, 1991 Mayor Capuano's Office, City Hall, Somerville, MA

1992            Recent Color Photographs, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA

1990            Somerville Community Access Television, Somerville, MA

                    Gallery at Cornerstone, Waltham, MA

                    Fogg Art Museum, Print Room, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1989            Midtown Y Photography Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2020            Virtual Summer Camp, New Work by NAGA Artists, Gallery NAGA, online
                    Photograms Exhibition, Don't Take Pictures, online

2019            Avante Gardens, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

                    Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2018            Seeing Is Beliving, Lenscratch blog, Online Exhibition, launched November 22, 2018
                    Secret Gardens
, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA   

                    Tokyo International Foto Awards, ICA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan   
F-Stop Issue #87, Online Exhibition

2016            Mt. Auburn Hospital, through Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA

                    Past Present Gordon Art Faculty, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College,
                    Wenham, MA

2015            New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA

                    Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA Juror: Aline                                 Smithson                    

                    Recent Acquisitions: Photography, Fitchburg Museum of Art, Fitchburg, MA

2014            Dreaming Gardens, Adams Gallery, New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk                                 University Boston.

                    Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Somerville, MA

                    Light Matter, Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre.

                    Fall Back, Spring Forward, Flash Forward Festival, Photographic Resource Center,

2013-2014  Still Life Lives! Fitchburg Museum of Art, Fitchburg , MA

2013             19th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. Honorable                     Mention, Juror Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine

2012             America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, Rhode Island School of                                  Design Museum, Providence, RI        

                    18th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2011             Plastic+Film: An Exhibition of Toy Camera Photography, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2010             Bon Appétit: A Visual Treat, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA

                    Our Town, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

2009             Alter-Ego, Images Made with Toy Cameras and Alternative Photographic Processes,

                     Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA

                     International Garden Photographer of the Year, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England

2008             RISD and Photography, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

                     Lilacs: Visions of Spring, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA

2007-2008 Moving Through New England, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

2007            Boston City Hall, Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, Boston, MA

                     Imaging Somerville, Discovering a City Through Art, Somerville Museum

2006-2007 Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection, J. Paul Getty                     Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2004            Aspects of Architecture Photographs from the V&A Collection Graves Art Gallery,                     Sheffield, UK

                    Three Photographers, RISD|works Gallery, Providence, RI

2003            Lost Theatres of Somerville, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA

                    Seeing Is Believing, Faculty Exhibit, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

2002            Illumine, Two Person Show with Rita Dawley, Hoxie Gallery, Westerly, RI

                    Max 24” Wide, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA

2001            Camera Work, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA

                    Landscapes Seen and Imagined: Sense of Place, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture                     Park, Lincoln, MA

2000            Real Fun, An Exhibition Made With Toy Cameras, Elias Fine Art, Boston, MA

                    Celebrating Contemporary Art in New England,Recent Acquisitions, DeCordova                     Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

1999            Recent Acquisitions & Gifts, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT

1997            Autobiographies, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA

                    Incidental Grandeur, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA

                    Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Exhibition, Providence, RI

                    Matters of a Fine Wall, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

1996            DeCordova Collects Photographs: Recent Acquisitions, DeCordova Museum and                     Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

                    The Eighth Triennial, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

1995            Home: A Contemporary Exhibition, Manchester Institute of the Arts, Manchester, NH

1994            10 Artists/10 Visions: 1994, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

                    The Label Show, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1993            Previews andFour Photographers, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA

1992            Critic's Choice, Duxbury Museum, Duxbury, MA

                    Invitational Photo Exhibition, Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH

                    PRC Auction, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

1991            Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1989            Rooms With a View, Ledel Gallery, New York, NY



Bruce Berman Collection, Los Angeles
Boston Public Library
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Fidelity Investments
Fitchburg Art Museum
J. Paul Getty Museum
Lambert Art Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Art Museum of Art
Library of Congress
List Visuals Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Photographic Resource Center, Member's Print Program 1993, Boston, MA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Various private collectors, represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA

Grants and Awards

2017            First Place: My New England photo competition, Yankee Magazine
            Honorable Mention: 19th Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography,
                    Kathy Ryan, Juror, Photo Editor of The New York Times Magazine
2012            Highly Commended Portfolio, International Garden Photographer of the Year, Kew                                 Gardens, England
2009            Finalist, International Garden Photographer of the Year, Kew Gardens, England
1999            Massachusetts Media Fellowship for filmmaking
1997            LEF Foundation Grant for animation
1997, 1993, 1991, 1990 Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant for animation and photography
1995            Boston Film/Video Foundation Fellowship for animation
1993            John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for photography

                                                       Select Publications
Boston Sunday Globe, “Stuck at Home These Artists are Doing Great Things on Instagram,” April 5, 2020, p N2
D Magazine, La Repubblica,
Italy, “Uber-Bouquet” by Laura Bianchi, July 27, 2019, p 104
American Rose Magazine Annual, December 2018, p 75-77
MetroWest Daily News, September 6, 2018 and Providence Journal: September 5, 2018: Massachusetts’Toy Camera Festival puts photos in a different light.'
Boston Voyager, May 1, 2018: #BostonCreatives: the local artists who inspire us
L' Oeil de la Photographie/The Eye of Photography
Blog: "Mary Kocol: Pursuing the Ephemeral" December 23, 2017
American Rose Magainze
: cover and feature article, July/August 2017
Silvershotz, online photo magazine and annual book, May 2017
LENSCRATCH, Blog, Featured Artist, September 18, 2014
Popular Photography Magazine, “Freeze Frame,” August 2014, pages 35-36
O | The Oprah Magazine, “Live Your Best Life,” January 2014, p. 23
America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 2012
International Garden Photographer of the Year, Collection Five, 2012, Garden Photo Press, UK
International Garden Photographer of the Year, Collection Four, 2011
International Garden Photographer of the Year, Collection Two, 2009
Boston Globe, “They Play With Light and Glass,” September 15, 2010, p. G4
Massachusetts Cultural Council Art Sake Blog, September 10, 2010
The New Yorker Photo Booth Blog, July 4, 2010
New York Times Sunday Magazine, May 13-August 19, 2007; Ian Rankin’s “Doors Open” serial
Twilight, the Magic Hour, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2006
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection, J. Paul Getty Trust, 2006
Boston Globe, “Artist Finds Inspiration in Her Own Backyard,” feature, March 19, 2004, p. C1
Boston Globe, “True Colors,” March 12, 2004, p. C18
New York Times Sunday Magazine, August 26, 2001, cover and pages 32-28
DoubleTake 6:1 "Home For The Holidays", Winter 2000, page 120
The Boston Globe, "Names and Faces" December 14, 1998
Aperture 130, Explorations: 10 Portfolios, Winter 1993
Camera and Darkroom, May 1992, cover and feature article
Art News, March 1992, page 44
MoMa's Member's Quarterly, Fall 1991, page 17
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, 1991, page 35



& More

2016            Animation reviwer, to senior projects, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

2015            Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Living Room host volunteer

2014            Juror: Mystic Arts Center, regional photography competition, Mystic CT

2012            Selection Committee: 2012 Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Hiroshima Japan

2003-2005 and 1996-1998 Somerville Illuminations Tour: Photographer

2002-2003 Lost Theatres of Somerville: Documentary photographer

1990-1998 Somerville Garden Awards: photographer, juror




Mary's fine art photography is represented in Massachusetts by 
Gallery NAGA
67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Fine Art
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All photographs are copyright Mary Kocol. All rights reserved.