Dorie Dahlberg

Photo: Berne Persson. Ales stenar, Kåseberga, Sweden

Trained in Fine Art and Design earning a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and as a graduate student of Communication Design at Pratt Institute, I believe my greatest cultural contribution was as an art educator in Newark Public Schools. I've taught over a thousand children from pre-k through high school in the diverse neighborhoods of the city.

My personal work changed in phases: photography, drawing and painting to printmaking to a strict design interlude to pastel and mixed media drawing. When I retired from teaching in 2015 I returned in earnest to photography, an interest that began in the 1970s when I joined a small photography group in Princeton, NJ. Those were the days of making a darkroom in a closet, developing film in a kitchen. 

In the years that photography went from film to digital, I was doing something else so I had to catch-up. I started showing photographs sporadically in 2008; by 2014 I've exhibited photographs exclusively.

These days everyone has a camera with them all the time causing a snap shot esthetic to become the visual language of photographic imagery. Photographers might need to challenge this esthetic or start over. I'm in a start over period. I made a conscious decision to get away from filters and quick processing. It's undeniable that Instagram and digital filters are immediately rewarding and fun. Now I just correct. I don't photoshop. I work on my computer in Lightroom like I once did in a darkroom. The exception is the Blackie app for Iphone photos. (There are a couple instagrammed photos here. They're older and I like them.)

As a real estate professional I have been building a portfolio of photographs of properties for real estate search sites and print advertising. It's a commercial thing.

The photos on this site were taken with my Canon Rebel DSLR, Canon G9, or my iPhone. In March '17, I sold the G9 and bought an old Leica D-Lux4. I'm loving it!

Photography Exhibitions:

Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ

​   Juried & Member Exhibitions:

​   Big Art in Small Packages 2017

   Winter Wonders 2016​

Belmar Arts, Belmar NJ

   JAS 13, 13th Annual Juried Art Show 2017

   13x19, Juried Photography Exhibition 2017

   Themeless, Members Salon 2017

LITM, Jersey City NJ

   Group Exhibitions:

   Love Letters 2017

   Little Wonders 2016

​   Opposite of Hate 2016

   Witchery 2015

   Revolution 2015

   Nocturne 2015

   Little Wonders 2014

Strong Women 6 Newark, NJ 2015

   Juried Exhibition & Catalogue  

Shadows & Light, Springfield NJ

   Invitation Exhibition 2014

"Is It Possible to Make a Photograph of

New Jersey Regardless of Where You are in The World?"

   Pierro Gallery, South Orange NJ 2008

   Juried Traveling Exhibition & Catalogue

   Archived at Newark Public Library 

Monmouth Art Alliance, Red Bank NJ
   Member Group Exhibitions 2013-14

Works on Paper Exhibitions:

Barat Foundation, Newark 2010
   Newark Art Educators Faculty Exhibition

   Large Pastel Drawings

Tradition-Transition-Transcend, Perth Amboy NJ 2008

    The Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts

    Large Pastel Drawings

Muses, Paul Robeson Gallery 2007 & 2008

    Rutgers Newark

    Large Pastel Drawings

Newark Museum, 2000-05

   Newark Art Educators Faculty Exhibitions

   Mixed Media and Pastel Drawings

The Priory, Newark NJ 2000-07

   Newark Art Educators Faculty Exhibitions

   Mixed Media and Pastel Drawings

Pratt Institute

   Brooklyn & NYC 1989-1992

   Design, Paintings & Drawings

Mason Gross School of the Arts

   Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

   Thesis Exhibition 1985 Downtown Arts Building

   Group shows: Intaglio Prints and Drawings

Brookdale Community College Alumni Exhibitions

   Lincroft, NJ Award 1986

   Mixed Media Work

Current Arts Memberships:

Monmouth Museum Artist, Lincroft NJ

Belmar Arts Council, Belmar NJ