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Raised in the American Southwest, Makenzie Hillegass is an artist who draws inspiration from the natural world around her and uses it to explore the relationship between oneself and their environment.  In 2023 she will receive her BFA in photography from Arcadia University and is looking forward to pursuing her MFA shortly thereafter. Through the use of both analog and digital photography methods Makenzie explores themes related to the shared human experience and how that manifests in the physical world. Throughout her work she often grapples with the idea of loneliness and the persistence of time through both a historical and contemporary lens.

Currently, Makenzie is living and working in Philadelphia as she finishes her BFA. Following her graduation from Arcadia University Makenzie plans on relocating to Tucson, Arizona. 


In addition to her fine art Makenzie works commercially photographing boutique weddings and elopements as well as an array of other portraits. To view her portfolio and learn more click here.

Makenzie Hillegass

Phone: 520-499-9833




BFA (Studio Art with Concentration in Photography) Arcadia University (2023)


  • Arcadia University Summer Residency, Student-Artist-in-Residence – Philadelphia

  • Burren College of Art,  Student-Artist-in-Residence – Ballyvaughan, Ireland 



  • First Annual Cremona Morrey Art Exhibition, Arcadia University – Philadelphia

  • Immersed, Burren College of Art – Ballyvaughan, Ireland 

  • Self Portrait Exhibition, Decode Gallery – Tucson, Arizona 

  • Creative Quarterly Issue 68, Creative Quarterly Journal – Online Exhibition

  • Son of a Thesis (I), Judith Taylor Gallery - Philadelphia

  • The Royal Visit, Judith Taylor Gallery - Philadelphia 


Recognition & Awards 

  • Runner-Up, First-Annual Cremona Morrey Exhibition – Philadelphia

  • Honorable Mention, Creative Quarterly Issue 68 – Online Exhibition 


Work Experience

  • Dark Room Lab Monitor, Arcadia University, (2020-2023)

  • Portrait Photographer, Freelance, (2019-Present) 

  • Lead Event Photographer, Bryn Mawr Racing Company, (2021-2023)

  • Instagram

Group Exhibition:
July 9 - August 6, 2021
Decode Gallery in Tucson, Arizona

Online Group Exhibition:
November 2022
CQ Issue No. 68
Creative Quarterly 

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