Creates access, insight and engagement through the arts.

BIO    (Click red PDF icon at right for full resume)

Selected Cultural Institutions and Affiliations
Notable Exhibitions, Lectures, Presentations and Seminars
  • Artistic Director and Co-Founder of “#UNLOAD: Arts Trigger a Conversation,” a statewide initiative to promote conversation through arts and education around the issue of gun violence in America.
  • A Night of Nurturing Nature with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Edward Burtynsky photographer featured in the Nature Speaks exhibition at Westport Arts Center, 2014 (Connecticut)
  • On the Wire Veiled Rebellion conversation with Helen Clark to complement the photography exhibition on view depicting Afghan women’s lives by Lynsey Addario
  • Malawi With Love” a collaborative exhibition with Save the Children featuring artwork by Malawian children at Westport Arts Center, 2011
  • Hope in Haiti“ an exhibition of photographs taken by 50 children from the Carma Foundation Orphanage in Haiti at Westport Arts Center, 2011
  • Champions to End Malaria – featuring PLATON exhibition at United Nations, 2011
  • 2011-2015 Travelled via overnight airlifts through AmeriCares to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador
Abbreviated Bibliography Selected Honors, Awards and Special Recognitions
  • Member of The Explorer’s Club, for international work in social justice and photo-documentation
  • Each year from 2011-2017, received an Award for Excellence in Photojournalism for photographs which documented issues and events from the global to the hyperlocal
  • Recognized by KEA as a World Class New Zealander
  • Served as the still photographer for Gaylene Preston's 2016 film "My Year with Helen: The Helen Clark Documentary"
  • Photographs and photo essays have been published in a wide range of national and international publications including: Architectural Digest, The Art Market Report, Art New Zealand, artforum.comartnet.com, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens,  larryslist.com, Magazin, Monopol Magazin, New Zealand Herald, nycgo.com, richtopia.com, stuff.co.nz and WestportNow.com
  • Klisser During has contributed strongly to New Zealand athletics, as was noted by Terry McLean in his essay “They Do Come Back,” which first appeared in The New Zealand Herald in 1979 and was reprinted in the 1984 book “The Best of McLean.”
  • Klisser During was on the New Zealand ski team in 1976 representing NZ in the European Cup circuit,training with the NZ ski team in Switzerland when she broke her back during a downhill race at 80 miles per hour and spent 14 weeks in hospital. Four years later, supposedly retired from the NZ ski team, she surprised everyone by racing in the National Championships and becoming runner up.
  • In 1980  Helen was awarded Auckland University’s Sportswoman of the Year.