Audience Choice Award – Spectacle of Light, SF Cinematheque’s Crossroads Festival of New Media - 2015

Director's Choice Award - Conjuror’s Box, 29th Black Maria Film Video Festival - 2012

Director's Choice Award - Spectrology, 28th Black Maria Film Video Festival -2010

Jury's Citation Prize - Phantogram, 27th Black Maria Film Video Festival - 2009

Director's Choice Award- Orbit, 26th Black Maria Film Festival - 2006

San Francisco Bay Guardian GOLDIE, Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award - 2011

Chris Holter Visionary Film Award- Hocus Pocus… ABRACADABRA, MadCat International Woman's Film Festival - 2007

Golden Gate Award - Muse of Cinema- San Francisco International Film Festival - 2007

Director’s Choice Award - Muse of Cinema, Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ, 2007

Golden Gate Award - Torchlight Tango, San Francisco International Film Festival - 2005

Black Maria Film Festival - Jury 's Choice Award-Torchlight Tango - 2005

Official Jury Selection - First Prize - Out of the Ether, Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL, 2004

Black Maria Film & Video Festival-Director’s Choice Award for Hallowed - 2003.

Director’s Choice Award - Secure the Shadow, 21st Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Jersey City, New Jersey - 1997

Princess Grace Award, Princess Grace Foundation, New York, NY- 1996.

125th Anniversary Award, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA -1996.



Fellowships Commissions & Residencies:


Lightpress Grant- Pacific Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA- 2018

Commission from the San Francisco Art Institute for their Gala fundraiser, Chromatic Cocktail Lounge, San Francisco, CA - 2017

SOMArts Curatorial Commons Residency, San Francisco, CA - 2016

Special Projects Grant- Princess Grace Foundation, The Cosmoscope 2015 – 2016

Special Projects Grant – The City Luminous, Princess Grace Foundation 2014 – 2015

San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, Captured Light, Remembered Spectacles, photographic exhibition, S.F. CA, 2015 – 2016

Yerba Buena Benefit District Grant, Administered by the California Historical Society

Maybeck Foundation with support from Maurice Kanbar

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire - 2013

Kickstarter for Photographic series entitled The Old Man of the Mountain - 2013

Special Projects Grant - Legerdemain, Spectrology & Afterimage -Flicker of Life, Princess Grace Foundation - 2007

Trip Down Market Street - Grant from the Exploratorium - 2005

Museum of Contemporary Cinema Grant- The Muse of Cinema Series - 2005

Special Projects Grant for The Muse of Cinema- Princess Grace Foundation, 2004

Chicago Underground Film Fund, Chicago, IL - 2001

Fellowship, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany - 1998- 1999, 2001.

Fellowship- San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA - 1995 – 1997

Artist Association Trust Fund Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art - 1991.




Laitala, Kerry. “Kerry Laitala on Phantoms of Nabua.” In San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 360°: Views on the Collection.Edited by Judy Bloch and Suzanne Stein. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 2016.



Mechanic’s Institute, “Major Light Presentations of the Panama Pacific International Exposition” as part of a panel: “The Grand Design: PPIE and The City within the City”, moderated by Laura Ackley, 57 Post Street, S.F., July 23, 2015


California Historical Society, “The Aura and the Spectacle of Light: A short overview of Electrophotgraphy: Its Practice and History”, 678 Mission Street,S.F., October 1, 2015.

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