Education, Teaching, & Other Ideas

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 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 work changed in phases: photography, drawing and painting to printmaking to a strict design interlude at Pratt 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 with E. Jan Kounitz. 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 learn a new language. I started showing photographs sporadically in 2008; by 2014 I've exhibited photographs exclusively. ​Since spring of 2017, I started using film again. My film cameras are now my main tools.

These days everyone has a camera with them all the time causing a snap shot esthetic to become the visual language of photographic imagery. 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. I work on my computer in Lightroom like I once did in a darkroom. 

As a real estate agent 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, Leica X1, Nikon FM (35film); Vintage Medium Format film cameras: Yashicamat TLR, Kiev 6C & Hasselblad 500C. I also use a Leica Sofort (Instax film) and occasionally, my iPhone. 

Current Artist Memberships:
     Pro Arts, Jersey City NJ  

     The Guild, Shrewsbury NJ
     Monmouth Museum Artist, Lincroft NJ
     Belmar Arts Council, Belmar NJ     

     Monmouth Arts, Red Bank NJ

Leica Sofort (as instant as I'll get these days.)

At Ales stenar, Skäne Sweden 2015
Photo: Berne Persson

Dorie Dahlberg

Current Calendar 

​Asbury Park Library

   Panel Discussion Participant

   Women Artists - March 28th 6-7PM

LITM, Jersey City

   Women's Future 

   March 5 - 31, 2018

LITM, Jersey City

   April 3 - 29, 2018

Belmar Arts Center JAS14 - Curator

   March 28 - May 4, 2018

Exhibitions & Awards

The Guild, Shrewsbury NJ

    EyeSights, Juried Photography Exhibition

    March 3 -28, 2018

    * Gold Medal Award: Best in Monochrome for

    Off Season Asbury Park

    Stricoff Gallery 

    564 W 25th St.

    New York, NY

    March 2018 

Rahway Art Center, Rahway NJ

    What's Next? Part 2 - January 2018

Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ
    Juried & Member Exhibitions:

    Big Art in Small Packages 2018

    Hope for the Holidays 2017
    Big Art in Small Packages 2017

    Winter Wonders 2016​

LITM, Jersey City NJ Group Exhibitions:
     Corporeal 2018

     Women's Future 2018

     Neverland 2017
     Seeking the Light 2017

     Undertow 2017
     Love Letters 2017
     Little Wonders 2014, 2016, 2017
     Opposite of Hate 2016
     Witchery 2015
     Revolution 2015
     Nocturne 2015

​ProArts, Jersey City 

    What's Next? October 2017

    210 Hudson St. Jersey City NJ

Jersey City Artist Studio Tour, October 2017
    Barrow Mansion, LITM, &

    The Atrium at 210 Hudson St. Jersey City NJ

​​The Guild Open Juried Show, Shrewsbury
    September 30 - November 1
   *Bronze Achievement Award for

    Make Women Great Again

I Shot It: International Photo Competition

    *Mark of Excellence for Staircase August 2017

    Judges: Thorsten Overgaard & Birgit Krippner

Belmar Arts, Belmar NJ

      JAS14 - Annual Juried Art Exhibition

             Curator & Exhibitor 2018

     Blue - Members Salon 2018
     Dog Days of Summer  2017
     The Bird Art Show Juried Exhibition 2017
     An Enchanted Garden 2017
     JAS 13  13th Annual Juried Art Show 2017
    13x19, Juried Photography Exhibition 2017
    Themeless  - Members Salon 2017
 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 

Barat Foundation, Newark 2010
    Newark Art Educators Faculty Exhibition
    Large Pastel Drawings

The Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts

    Perth Amboy NJ

    Tradition-Transition-Transcend 2008

    Large Pastel Drawings

Paul Robeson Gallery 2007 & 2008
     Muses: Art Educators & Their Students

     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