Since 2001, Bruce Checefsky has directed more than a dozen short films based on lost or unrealized scripts of the European avant-garde. Checefsky’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others. His films have been screened internationally in more than 30 countries, including the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Museum of Modern Art NYC, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest, Location One NYC, Anthology Film Archives, Filmmakers Coop, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, National Museum of Photography and Film London, Cinematheque Ontario Canada, Cleveland Cinematheque, Eye Film Museum Amsterdam, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Germany, Contemporary Museum Baltimore, Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus Ohio, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center Buffalo New York, EXIS Experimental Film & Video Festival Seoul Korea, 20th European Media Arts Festival Osanbruck Germany, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Leopold Museum Vienna, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Houston Film Festival Texas, TATE Britain, Russian Institute of Cinematography, Kunsthalle Darmstadt Germany, and others.
His writings have been published by Intellect Press, Bristol, UK; MIT Press; Focal Press, London; CAN Journal; Bridge Magazine; Angle Arts Magazine; New Art Examiner; Art Papers; American Society of Media Photographers; Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Detroit Institute of Arts; Plain Dealer; Free Times; Papers, and other art journals and magazines. He’s lectured extensively on the role of The Artist as Curator.
Checefsky is Director of the Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he has curated over 80 national and international exhibitions of contemporary art, film and design. He also teach courses in film and museum studies.
He received Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Excellence Award for Photography in 2017, and Individual Artist Excellence Award for Film in 2013 and 2007. In 2009, Checefsky was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. He is recipient of the 2013 Judson Award for Cultural Contributions and 2012 Medal of Excellence from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He is a four-time recipient of CEC Artslink International Fellowships to Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, and Hungary, and was artist in residence at the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw in 2005, where he directed an experimental film written by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Pawlowski.
Bruce Checefsky currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.