Chad Kleitsch's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum CT, CCS Bard Hessel Collection NY, The Center for Photography at Woodstock NY, Berkshire Museum MA, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art NY, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery NYC, Yancy Richardson Gallery NYC and Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson NY. In 2010 he received The Center for Photography Woodstock Photographers Fellowship Fund Award Fellowship.
Kleitsch was born and raised in New Jersey. He earned his B.A. in photography at Bard College in New York in 1991. He has since lectured at Bard College, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. As well he has lead classes in photography at several colleges and art centers, such as Bard College, Simons Rock, Woodstock Center for Photography and LaGuardia College.
In his 30-year career Kleitsch has produced numerous essays including a ten-year, three part photographic survey of abandoned architectural sites: Remnants of Impermanence, a study of abandoned industrial sites in the American rust belt, Asylum images of vacant psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. northeast and Lost & Found an essay of the Ellis Island’s buildings.
White Box, another ten-year the essay was national exploration that focused on the world that goes on behind the scenes of a museum art installation. Some of the institutions that have participated in the project are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Menil Collection, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Whitney, Hammer Museum.
Street Work, a street photography essay which was included in the comprehensive volume Bystander: A History of Street Photography ( Bullfinch 2001) with an accompanying exhibition for the publication held at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Botanical Mind is an extensive botanical survey begun in 2001 using a new photographic process called scanography (using a digital film scanner as a camera). The first large scale solo exhibition of the essay will be Eclipse Gallery, North Adams Mass. August 2013.
Another essay using the same process of scanography is called Works on Paper. Capturing images of rare documents housed in the New York Public Library’s special collections as well a private collections around the country. The first solo exhibition of the essay was at The Camera Club of New York, May 2011.
He has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtNews Magazine.
Albany Times Union, Time Out and Fortune Magazine. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Chronogram, and The Mountain Record.