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Dornith Doherty

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Statement/Biography

With the support of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Dornith Doherty explores the subtle relationship between humans, science, and nature. Her images continue to investigate the contemporary landscape while also commenting on critical issues affecting it. Doherty’s extensive body of work explores the subtle yet complex relationship between the natural environment and human interference by focusing her work on specific aspects of landscape and resource preservation.


Dornith Doherty was born in Houston, Texas, and received a BA cum laude in Spanish and French language and literature at Rice University in 1980, and an MFA in Photography from Yale University in 1988. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Society for Contemporary Photography, the Indiana Arts Commission, United States Department of the Interior and been named a 2016 Texas State artist. Her work has been exhibited and collected extensively, both nationally and internationally. She currently is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas and resides in the Dallas area.