About the Exhibition

“Family. They’re the people we love, the people we trust and confide in, the people we identify with. But there’s something else about family that isn’t often spoken about, because, well, it’s not always comfortable to admit. So, let’s just put it out there—family is awkward. That’s right. When a group of people with the same last name and different personalities are forced to spend most of their lives together, plenty of uncomfortable moments are sure to follow. And when a camera is there to capture one of those moments, an awkward family photo is born.” So reads a portion of the #1 New York Times best-selling book Awkward Family Photos.

AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, the website, was launched in 2009 when Mike Bender saw an awkward vacation photo hung in his parents’ house. Realizing there were probably plenty of other people with their own awkward family pics, childhood friends Mike and Doug Chernack set out to create a friendly place where people could share their own odd family moments. The site quickly took off and became an internet sensation, receiving millions of visitors and submissions from around the world.

AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS the exhibition aims to explore the perfectly imperfect moments that come with the family experience and provide a place for people to celebrate the awkwardness while taking comfort in the fact that their family is not alone.

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This exhibition, which includes over two hundred classic Awkward Family Photos, hilarious ‘behind the awkwardness’ stories from the actual families, and The Awkward Portrait Studio (where visitors can leave with an awkward photo of their own) was curated and designed by Bender and Chernack. None of this would be possible without generous participation from the awkward families who so bravely sent in their photos. It is the hope of the Awkward Family Photos’ creators that this exhibition will “bring all our families a little closer together as we acknowledge those special times when we wished we were a lot farther apart.”

AFP Exhibit

California Heritage Museum

March 28 - July 27, 2014

California Heritage Museum

2612 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405


Middlebury College

October 2014

Middlebury College

Center Gallery in the McCullough Student Center

14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753


Blue C Sushi

Nov 6, 2014-Jan 4, 2015

Blue C Sushi

6374 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Southampton Arts Cenber

Nov 24, 2014-Jan 1, 2015

Southampton Arts Center

25 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968


Morris Graves Museum

January 21-March 1, 2015

Morris Graves Museum

636 F St
Eureka, CA 95501


Lake Charles

March 20-May 23, 2015

Historic City Hall Arts & Culture Center

1001 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA

Historic City Hall Arts & Culture Center Website

Geneva History Center

June 5-August 15, 2015

Geneva History Center

113 S 3rd St
Geneva, IL 60134


Peoria Riverfront Museum

September 15-November 15, 2015

Peoria Riverfront Museum

222 SW Washington St
Peoria, IL 61602


Reading Museum

Nov 27, 2015-Jan 24, 2016

Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Rd
Reading, PA 19611


Meadows Museum

February 12-April 16, 2016

Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of Louisiana

2911 Centenary Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71104


Colorado History Museum

June 18 2016-Jan 8 2017

History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203


The Museum

TBD 2017


10 King St W
West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3, Canada


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