Education, Teaching, & Other Ideas

Trained in Fine Art and Design earning a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ and as a graduate student of Communication Design at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY. I also received an MA in Education Administration from St. Peter's University, Jersey City NJ. 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.

I was always an artistic kid beginning with my elementary art teacher who would only let us use the primary colors & black in our watercolor kits. Although it was annoying at nine years old, I thank her for teaching me to understand color. As an adult, my work changed in phases: drawing & painting, photography, drawing & painting to printmaking to a strict design interlude at Pratt to pastel and mixed media drawing. When I retired from teaching I focused more fully 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 collection of vintage cameras are now my main tools.

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 a constantly changing collection of cameras. 

Current Artist Memberships:
     Pro Arts, Jersey City NJ  

     The Guild, Shrewsbury NJ - Associate
     Monmouth Museum Artist, Lincroft NJ

Awards & Publications

Juror's Selection: Urban Suburban Rural 2018 for

   Spiritualism: Praise the Setting Sun

   Kay Kenny, Juror

   New York Center for Photographic Arts

Finalist: The Photo Review 2018 Competition Issue

   Inmigración: Window With A Bullet

   Sarah Meister, Juror

   Curator of Photography Museum of Modern Art NYC

Gold Medal Award: Best in Monochrome for
   Off Season Asbury Park

   EyeSights 2018, Juried Photography Exhibition

   The Guild, Shrewsbury NJ


 Bronze Achievement Award for
    Make Women Great Again

    Open Juried Show
    The Guild, Shrewsbury

Mark of Excellence for Staircase, Bjuv Sweden

   August 2017 I Shot It: International Photo Competition
   Judges: Thorsten Overgaard & Birgit Krippner


Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ
   Juried & Member Exhibitions:
   Does It Match The Couch? 2018
   Big Art in Small Packages 2017, 2018
   Hope for the Holidays 2017
   Winter Wonders 2016​

The Monroe Center for the Arts


    Combined Experiement
    July 2018

    Stricoff Gallery 

    564 W 25th St.

    New York, NY

    March 2018 

 The Guild, Shrewsbury NJ

   The Garden Show May 2018

   EyeSights, Juried Photography Exhibition March 2018

   Open Juried Show​ October 2017

Rahway Art Center, Rahway NJ

    What's Next? Part 2 - January 2018

LITM, Jersey City NJ Group Exhibitions:
     Themed Exhibitions:

     2018: Birds, Corporeal, Women's Future,

     Life's a Beach

     2017: NeverlandSeeking the Light,

     Undertow & Love Letters

     2016: Opposite of Hate 

     2015: WitcheryRevolution & Nocturne
     Annual Little Wonders Exhibitions: 2014, 2016, 2017

​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​

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


Monmouth Museum, Lincroft NJ

   Does It Match The Couch?

   June 1 - September 2, 2018

   Opening Reception June 1, 6-8PM

Watchung Arts Center, Watchung

    198 Stirling Rd Watchung NJ 07069
    ProArtsJC Salon Exhibition

    September 4 - 29, 2018
    Opening Reception, September 9, 1-4PM


Jadite Gallery, New York, NY

    Juror's Selection Award

    Urban Suburban Rural 2018

    September 25 - October 6, 2018 

    Opening September 27th, 6 - 8PM

    413 W 50th St.

    New York, NY 10019



Dorie Dahlberg

At Ales stenar, Skäne Sweden 2015
Photo: Berne Persson