Deborah (Springstead) Ford recently retired from being the Executive Director of PLAYA, in Summer Lake Oregon, a residency program for artists, writers, scientists and others involved with research and creative inquiry. She has been an arts advocate, educator and program administrator in addition to being a professional visual artist for over 30 years. She studied photography at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Arizona State University and Goddard College. Ms. Ford has a BFA in Photography, a Master’s in Photography/Art Education and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She taught photography full time from 1982-2013, the last 19 years at Prescott College in northern Arizona. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, including four Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants (including an Artist Project Grant 2009) and participated in many Artist-in-Residence programs around the country including the Biosphere 2, Ucross Foundation, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Joshua Tree National Park, Isle Royale National Park, and Aspen Guard Station to name a select few. Her work is found in numerous public and private collections including the Center for Creative Photography, California Museum of Photography (Riverside), Northlight Gallery, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology among others. Her work has been exhibited nationally and recent publications include a profile in Black and White Magazine, Issue #82, photographs in Orion (November/December 2013) magazine and images in Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West (by Lucy Lippard) .
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Exhibitions (*designates solo exhibition) and presentations
Oregon Natural Desert Asociation: High Desert Speaker Series, April 25, 2017 Bend, OR
Atelier 6000, April 8, 2017, Bend, OR (artist talk)
California Society of Printmakers, February 18, 2017, California College of Art. Oakland, CA,
Sediments, Sequences and Solitude, July-September 2016, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
Sediments, Sequences and Solitude, April 2016, Atelier 6000, Bend, OR.
ROT: The Afterlife of Trees, April 2016. World Forestry Center, Portland OR.
ROT: The Afterlife of Trees, January 2016. The Arts Center Corvallis, OR.
Sediments, Sequences and Solitude, January-February 2016, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR
*Terra Contesta, August 2014. Depot Gallery, Red Lodge, MT.
29th Annual Penland Art Auction, Penland, NC.
Small Works Invitational, October-December 2013, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ.
SPE West: On the Brink (Photography as Witness) Presenter: A Nearly Fatal Illusion, October 2013 Eureka, CA.
SPE South Central: Refining Humanity (Photography as Empathy) Presenter: A Nearly Fatal Illusion, October 2013, Houston, TX.
38th Annual Invitational, August 2013, Waterworks Art Museum, Miles City, MT.
*Cartography and the Cultural Terrain IV, July 2013-January 2014. Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ. Terminal 4.
Public Views, Personal Fictions: Don Fike & Deborah Ford, July 2013. Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ.
A River Runs Through Us, Verde Artist Challenge, Verde Valley Land Preservation, July 2013-2014.
Curating the Cosmos, April 2013, In conjunction with the Association of American Geographer's Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
PSA National Photography Invitational, March 2013, Clemens Gallery, Clemens Fine Art Center, Paducah School of Art, Kentucky.
*A Nearly Fatal Illusion, March 2013, Prescott College Art Gallery. Prescott, AZ. A Desert Initiative: Desert One Project.
Yuma Symposium, Yuma Fine Arts Center, February 2013, Yuma, AZ.
Artist presentation: Yuma Symposium, February 21-23.
*CHON: Selections from A Nearly Fatal Illusion, January-July 2013, Biosphere 2 Art Gallery, Oracle, AZ. A Desert Initiative: Desert 1 Project.
Artist talk: March 2
8th Photographic Image Biennial, January-February 2013, Wellington B. Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Desert Grasslands, January 2013, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ. A Desert Initiative: Desert One Project.
Delusions SPESW October 2012, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
Under Western Skies2: October 2012, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.
Artist and Species at Risk: The Aesthetics of Survival (Artist Panel Discussion)
37th Annual Invitational Art Exhibit, August 2012. Custer County Art & Heritage Center, Miles City, MT.
National Juried Exhibition, April 2012, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, KS.
Of Memory, Bone and Myth 2012, April 2012, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN.
Blue Sky's Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, Blue Sky Gallery Portland, Oregon, juried selection 2012.
The Gaia Factor, March 2012, Semmes Gallery, San Antonio, TX. Exhibition and Symposium: Women for Social Justice & the Environment w/ Lucy Lippard.
Manifest Destiny, February 2012, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.
Arizona Centennial, January 2012, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ.
44th Yellowstone Art Museum, Juried Exhibition and Auction January-March 2012, Billings, MT.
2011 Arts and Letters Faculty Showcase: March 2011. Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse, Prescott, AZ
43nd Yellowstone Art Museum, Juried Exhibition and Auction January-March 2011. Billings, MT.
Juried 14th Annual Art Auction-Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, January-February 2011. Great Falls, MT.
*Cartography and the Cultural Terrain III, January-March 2011. @Central Gallery: Burton Barr, Phoenix, AZ.
Dinner in the Stacks: October 2010, Burton Barr Phoenix Library, Phoenix, AZ.
*Cartography and the Cultural Terrain II, September-November 2010. Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ.
*Cartography and the Cultural Terrain, July-October 2010. Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT.
Boos-Ford-White, 2009 ACA Project Grant Recipients, May-June 2010. Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ.
James Hajicek: Tribute Exhibition, April 2010. Northlight Gallery, Tempe, AZ.
Juried 12th Annual Art Auctionh Paris Gibson Square Museum,. –Jan/Feb 2009. Paris Gibson Square Museum. Great Falls, MT.
5th Biennial Rose Mary Mack Art Auction: October 2009. Prescott College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ.
View from Here: Women of the Rocky Mountains: Artmobile, University of Wyoming touring juried exhibit. June 2007-June 2009. WY.
Yellowstone Art Museum 41st Annual Juried Art Auction Exhibit, Jan 25-Mar 2, 2009,Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
*The Nature of Process, Oct/Nov 2008, Northwest College: Northwest Gallery, Powell, WY.
Dinner in the Stacks: October 2008, Burton Barr Phoenix Library, Phoenix, AZ
2008 Arts and Letters Faculty Showcase March 2008. Sam Hill Warehouse, Prescott, AZ
* Common Ground, Jan-Mar 2008. Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ
Yellowstone Art Museum 40th Annual Juried Art Auction Exhibit: Jan 25-Mar 2, 2008, Yellowstone Art Museum. Billings, MT.
Dinner in the Stacks: October 2007 Burton Barr Phoenix Library, Phoenix, AZ
4th Biennial Rose Mary Mack Art Auction: Oct 2007 Sam Hill Warehouse Visual Arts Center Gallery, Prescott, AZ
Yellowstone Art Museum, Small Works Exhibit & Auction, Nov-Dec 2006YAM, Billings, MT.
*Revisited & Expanded: Common Ground/Symbiotic Equivalence: Sept-Dec 2006 Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Clearmont WY.
Alter Ego: July 2006 Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Artificial Collections: Photographic Portfolios of the 70’s and 80’s: July 2006. California Museum of Photography. Riverside, CA.
Sitka 13th Annual Art Invitational: November 2005. Miller Forestry Center. Portland, OR.
Dinner in the Stacks: Oct 2005.Burton Barr Phoenix Library, Phoenix AZ
Cortez Cultural Center: September 2005. Cortez, CO.
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts: Group Invitational July 2005. Red Wing, MN.
*Sabbatical Exhibition: Symbiotic Equivalence & Common Ground. January 2005. Sam Hill Art Gallery, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ.
Sitka 12th Annual Art Invitational: November 2004. Miller Forestry Center. Portland, OR.
Dinner in the Stacks: October 2004. Burton Barr Phoenix Library
Isle Royale National Park Traveling/Permanent Exhibit, July 2004. Houghton, MI.
Sitka Invitational Artist-in-Residence Open House: May 2004 Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Otis, OR.
*In the Natural World: March 2004. @Central Gallery/Burton Barr Library. Phoenix, AZ.
Van Gogh’s Ear: April 2003-2006. Prescott, AZ.
2003 Arts & Letters Faculty Showcase: April 2003, Prescott College Sam Hill Warehouse. Prescott, AZ.
Society for Photographic Education SW Regional Exhibit: October 2002. Northlight Gallery, ASU. Tempe, AZ.
* Profusion of Life Arts. Arts Prescott Guest Artist: June 2002.
Prescott College Arts & Letters Faculty Showcase: April 2002. Sam Hill Warehouse.
2001 and earlier:
Prescott College Arts & Letters Faculty Showcase: April 2001. Granite Performing Arts Center.
Quest for Meaning at Halftime: Two-person exhibit with Don Fike.October 2000. Yavapai College Art Gallery.
Prescott College Arts & Letters Faculty Showcase: April 1999. Prescott College Performing Arts Center.
Prescott College Arts & Letters Faculty Showcase: March 1997. Prescott College Sam Hill Warehouse.
Indigent Artists of the Southwest: November 1997. Hollywood, CA .
Prescott College Arts & Letters Faculty Showcase: February 1996. Prescott College Chapel.
Art In Depth: Electronic Imagery:July 1995 Prescott Fine Arts.
Swanstock Gallery: Dreams and Images. 186 Broadway. Tucson, Arizona. October1994.
Obsidian Gallery: Invitational Show. Tucson, Arizona July 1994.
Transformations: Prescott Fine Arts Gallery Group Show. Prescott, AZ July, 1994.
Swanstock: Smallworks. Photographic Gallery/Agency. Tucson, AZ May 1994.
Body Language: Two-person exhibit with Don Fike. Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ . March 1992.
Magic Silver: National Juried Photography Exhibit, Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. February 1992.
Magic Silver: National Juried Photography Exhibit.University of Louisville, Kentucky. March 1992.
Local Color Invitational: Prescott Fine Arts Gallery. Prescott. AZ Oct.91
Illuminance 91: Sixth National Juried Photography Exhibit. Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX. April 1991.
Western EyePhoenix College Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ . March 1991.
*REFLECTIONS and OBSERVATIONS: A Profile of Arizona Women. Phippen Art Museum, Prescott, AZ. March, 1991.
*REFLECTIONS and OBSERVATIONS: A Profile of Arizona Women. One person traveling exhibit 1991-1993:
Cochise College, Douglas, AZ. June, 1991
Green Valley Library, Green Valley, AZ. October, 1991
Flagstaff Public Library, Flagstaff, AZ. February, 1992.
Arizona Downtown Center,ASU, Phoenix, AZ. February, 1992.
Arizona State Capitol, West Wing, Phoenix, AZ. June, 1993.
Illuminance 90:Fifth National Juried Photography Exhibit. Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock, TX. April, 1990.
24th Southwestern Invitational: Arizona Commission Traveling Exhibit. Yuma Arts Center, Yuma, AZ April 1990-1992.
Interpreting the Southwest The Political Landscape. Anderson Ranch CO. October, 1989.
Current Works-1989: National Juried Photography Exhibit. Kansas City,MO. September, 1989. Purchase award.
Anderson Ranch: Scholarship Recipient Show. Anderson Ranch Photography Gallery. July, 1989.
Focal Point:1989. Photography Invitational. Prescott Fine Arts Gallery, Prescott, AZ. May, 1989.
23rd Southwestern Invitational: Arizona Commission Traveling Exhibit. Yuma Arts Center, Yuma, AZ. March 1989-June 1990.
Articulation H.E.A.R.T. Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ. March 1988.
Yavapai College Faculty Show: Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ February, 1988.
Six by Six Prescott Fine Arts Center, Prescott, AZ . November, 1986.
Yavapai College Art Invitational: Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ.September, 1986.
VVAA Statewide Juried Invitational: Best of Show. VVAA Gallery, Jerome, AZ . September, 1986.
5 Person Show Phoenix College Art Gallery, Phoenix, AZ . February, 1986.
Yavapai College Art Invitational. Yavapai College Art Gallery. Prescott,AZ. September, 1985.
First Annual Juried Photo& Printmaking Competition. Yavapai College Art Gallery. Best of Show, August, 1985.
Women’s Art Invitational. Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ. March,1985.
Highlight. Yavapai College Art Gallery. Prescott, AZ. September, 1983.
H.E.A.R.T. Yavapai College Art Gallery. Prescott, AZ . September, 1984.
13 Prescott Photographers: Limberlost Gallery, Prescott, AZ. August, 1982.
National Pen Women’s Juried Show: Yavapai College Art Gallery. Prescott, AZ. May, 1982.
VVAA Statewide Juried Photography Show: VVAA Gallery, Jerome, AZ. June, 1983.
Yavapai College Faculty Show: Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ. June, 1982.
H.E.A.R.T.: Harry Wood Art Gallery, Arizona State University. September, 1982.
Portfolio One Juried portfolio of prints by students and faculty of Arizona State University.
Permanent collection at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
Art Student Juried Show Matthews Center Gallery, ASU, April, 1977.
Photo-Eight. Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University. February, 1977.
Social Documentary. Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN. March, 1974.
Grants, Residencies, Scholarships & Awards
2017 National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
August 2016-17 Oregon Arts Commission, General Operating Support Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
August 2016-17 Oregon Cultural Development Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
2016 National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
August 2015-16 Oregon Arts Commission, General Operating Support Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
August 2015-16 Oregon Cultural Development Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
January 2015, Lake County Cultural Coalition Grant on behalf of PLAYA.
August 2014-15, Oregon Arts Commission, General Operating Support on behalf of PLAYA.
Dec 2011, Spring 2012 Artist in Residence Biosphere2, Oracle Arizona.
Aug-Dec 2011 Visiting Artist, Hellenic International Studies in the Arts, Parikia, Paros Greece.
2011-2012 Prescott College Sabbatical Award
July 2011- Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Grant (on behalf of Prescott College Art Gallery)
2010 Individual Nominee for the Arizona Governors Art Awards
July 2009- Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Grant (on behalf of Prescott College Art Gallery)
July 2009-2011-Clowes Fund, Inc (on behalf of Prescott College Art Gallery)
January 2009-Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant to Individual Artist
July 2008-Arizona Commission on the Arts Project Grants to Organizations (on behalf of Prescott College Art Gallery)
January 2008-Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant
January 2006-Artist in Residence: Joshua Tree National Park, CA.
March 2005-Arizona Commission on the Arts Career Development Grant.
2004 Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant (Returned)
September 2004-Artist in Residence: Aspen Guard Station, Dolores, CO
June 2004-Artist in Residence: Glacier National Park, MT.
Mar-May 2004-Artist in Residence: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
November 2003-Artist in Residence: Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY
October 2003-Artist–in-Residence: Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing MN
July 2003 Artist-in-Residence: Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, MI
2003-2004 Prescott College Sabbatical Award
Prescott College Professional Development Awards 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
Prescott College Community Outreach 1999 (Children’s Art Workshop Development)
Anderson Ranch Assistantship 1994
Anderson Ranch Assistantship 1992
Anderson Ranch, Ernst Haas Scholarship 1991
Anderson Ranch, Ernst Haas Scholarship 1990
American Association of University Women 1990: Reflections & Observations
Yavapai College Matching Grant 1990: Reflections & Observations
Anderson Ranch, Ernst Haas Scholarship 1989
Women In Photography, Bryn Mawr College 1989
Journal of Contemporary Photography, October, 1989.
Scholarship Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA. August, 1989
*Summa Cum Laude, Arizona State University 1987
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts, Red Wing, MN
California Museum of Photography, University of California Riverside, CA
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Dolores National Forest, Dolores, CO
Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT
Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, MI
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Prescott College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ
Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR
Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY
Sediments, Sequences and Solitude, 2016 Exhibition catalog.
High Desert Journal. Summer 2014.
29th Annual Penland Art Auction Catalog, 2014
Orion, The Science of Citizenship (aticle by Belle Boggs and photographs by Deborah Springstead Ford), Nov/Dec 2013.
Undermining, Lucy Lippard, a visual/ verbal collage on the politics of land use in the New West, published by the New Press. Fall 2013.
In the Golden Grass, Tucson Weekly, June 2013
Arid, Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology, March 2013.
44th Yellowstone Art Auction catalog, Billings, MT. March 2012.
Black and White Magazine, Profile: Deborah Ford. Issue #82. April 2011.
43rd Yellowstone Art Auction catalog, Billings, MT. February 2011.
14th Annual Art Auction Catalog, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT: February 2011
Cartography and the Cultural Terrain. (Catalog). Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls, MT. July 2010.
Great Falls Tribune, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art Opens Two New Exhibits, July 23, 2010.
Transitions, Faculty notes, Summer 2010.
Whitefish Review: Art Literature, Photography, Vol. 4, Issue 1. Summer 2010.
Deborah Ford: Cartography and the Cultural Terrain, exhibition catalog, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Aug 2010.
Lively Times, July 2010.
Photographer’s Formulary: Workshops in Montana, Summer 2009.
http://www.azarts.gov/artists/APG%202009%20Release.pdf 18 Arizona Artists Awarded 2009 Arts Commission Grants
Northwest Trail: Arizona landscape photographer to speak here on Nov. 7. Nov. 6, 2008, Vol. 52. Issue 9.
http://wyomingarts.blogspot.com/2008/11/photographer-deborah-ford-at-nwc.html (November 3, 2008-Wyoming Arts Council)
Exhibition Catalog: Deborah Ford Common Ground/Symbiotic Equivalence. Ucross Foundation Art Gallery September 2006.
Alliance of Artists Communities, New Appointments. Vol. 12, Issue 2, Spring/Summer 2006.
Buffalo Bulletin, Exhibition review, In Ucross you’ll find a new art form. September 14, 2006.
Buffalo Bulletin, Deborah Ford is Gallery Manager at Ucross. September 14, 2006.
Transitions, Sabbatical: A time for renewal. Spring 2005
Prescott Living Magazine, Featured Photographer, Deborah Ford. Vol. 1, Issue 3, 2005.
The Sheridan Press Options, Common Ground/Symbiotic Equivalence, Sep. 15, 2006.
Cortez Journal: What’s On, Art and Science meet at Cortez Cultural center, Sep 10, 2006.
The Sheridan Press Options, Art & Science of Reclamation Symposium slated at Ucross Big Red Barn, Mar. 10. 2006.
Art Detour, 16, Mar. 5, 2006
Photographer’s Formulary, Workshops in Montana, Summer 2005.
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Symbiotic Transformation, Fall 2004.
Transitions, Fall 2004.
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Workshops 2004.
The News Guard Lincoln City, OR, Art Blends with Science at Sitka Center, May 12, 2004.
Red Wing Republican Eagle, Civil liberties events highlight residencies, Oct. 1, 2003
Daily Courier, Photographer duo opens exhibit at Yavapai College, September 9, 2000.
Yavapai College Today, New Art Gallery Exhibition Opens, Sep. 2000.
Prescott Courier, One man’s junk could be an artist’s delight at art show. July 1994.
Tucson Weekly, Art, Layers of genius. July 20, 1994.
Prescott Courier, 7 artists make Transformations happen in show. July 20, 1994
AAUW, ASU Women’s Studies, Women in Leadership, March 1992.
Exhibition Catalog: Magic Silver, Murray State University, 1992.
Green Valley News and Sun, AAUW will feature Arizona women, past and present. Oct. 9, 1991.
Prescott Courier, Prescott women show subjects, Feb. 24, 1991.
Green Valley News and Sun, Arizona Women, past and present. Oct. 25, 1991.
Prescott Sun, Photography Show Celebrates Women of Arizona, Mar. 1, 1991.
Exhibition Catalog: Yuma Art center 24th Southwestern Exhibition, Northern Arizona University. April 1990.
Arizona Republic, Southwest sampler (Richard Nilsen review), April 4, 1990.
Exhibition Catalog: Current Works, Sixth Annual Photography Competition and Exhibition. 1990.
Exhibition Catalog: Illuminance 1990. Lubbock Fine Arts Center, 1990.
Today’s New Mother, Doing it All and Having it All (Almost), Oct. 1990.
Current Works: The Annual Journal of the Society for Contemporary Photography. 1989
Yuma…, 24th Southwestern Exhibition opens at Yuma Art Center, APRIL 1989.
Photography as a Means to Developing Visual Perceptual Awareness, Arizona State University, 1987.
NAEA National Conference : Phoenix, Arizona.
Education & Scholarship
MFA Interdisciplinary Arts
Port Townsend, WA
M.A. Photography/Art Education
Thesis: Photography as a means of developing artistic visual perceptual awareness.
Arizona State University(Art Education/Photographic Studies)
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography
Arizona State University (Photography)
Tempe, Arizona. 85281
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
August 1973-1975. Photography.
133 East 25th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
I.A.I.A., Santa Fe, NM
Non-Toxic Printmaking Workshop: Keith Howard
Photography Workshop:Laurie Snyder/John Wood
Snowmass Village, Colorado
NAEA National Conference : Phoenix, Arizona.
Polaroid Transfer Workshop/Polaroid Manipulated Image Workshop
The Nude/The Fine Print
Photography Workshop: Eikoe Hosoe/John Sexton
Snowmass Village, Colorado
The Manipulated Print
Photography Workshop: Jerry Uelsmann
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Photography Workshop: Evon Streetman
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Photography Workshop: Judy Dater
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Bryn Mawr College
Expanding Connections: Women in Photography
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Yavapai College: 1984-1995.
Art/Music (Printmaking, Monoprint I, II and repeat, Jewelry, Guitar, computer (Principles of programming, PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop,) and a variety of small business courses.
Advanced Process Monitoring Seminars. Phoenix, Arizona.
Executive Director (Current)
47531 Highway 31
Summer Lake, OR 97640
Playa, in south central Oregon, is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. Playa offers seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes. Away from the urgencies of daily life, residents can focus on their projects, immerse in a desert landscape of basin and rangeland, and find inspiration through self-directed inquiry. Playa’s residencies are open to visual artists, writers, performance artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or forms of creative research. Playa welcomes a range of applicants--from emerging artists of promise to professionals with an established history of accomplishment.
Visual Arts Faculty: 1996—Nov 2013 (LOA for 8-2006/7-2007)
Arts and Letters Program Coordinator 2008-2010
Prescott College/Resident Degree Program
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301
Taught Basic Photography I & II, Color Photography, Documentary Photography, Digital Imaging I & II, Bookmaking as Art, Alternative Processes in Photography, Advanced Photography Projects, Curriculum Design, Foundations of Education, Multicultural Education, Contemporary Perspectives in Photography, Art Education, Visual Arts Exhibitions Practicum I (Professional Development) & II (Gallery Management).,
The Camera: Servant of the Photographer’s Eye, Darkroom Intensive and Art, Culture and the Socially Engaged Practice.
Residency and Gallery Manager- 2006-2007
Ucross Foundation (Artist-in-Residence Program)
30 Big Red Lane
Clearmont, WY 82835
Administrated the operations of the Ucross Foundation Artist-In-Residence Program and Art Gallery (and related programming/design). Managed all aspects of selection process, liason between artists and staff, communications and alumni relations, arranged community events, special events and produced gallery publications, newsletters and brochures.
Deborah R. Ford Photography/Lumpfish Productions
832 Schemmer Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
Specializing in Commercial Photo-Illustration and Location Portraiture.
Bradshaw Mountain High School: 1993-1996. Visual & Performing Arts Chair
Humboldt Unified School District
Dewey, AZ 86257
Art I, II and III, Photography I and II, Ceramics/Sculpture and Graphic Design as well as curriculum development, budget, schedules and responsible for the overall supervision of the Visual/Performing Arts Department.
Art Teacher, Prescott High School- 1991-92
Prescott Unified School District
146 South Granite
Prescott, AZ 86301
Art I and II, Jewelry and Crafts.
Photography Program Coordinator, Yavapai College: Full time January 1982-May 1989. (Adjunct professor: 1989-1996).
1100 East Sheldon
Prescott, AZ 86301 (602) 776-2041
Taught all levels of photography. I was responsible for overall management of photography program, budget and curriculum.
Professional Organizations and Service
Waterston Desert Writing Prize, Advisory Council
Biosphere 2, Artist in Residence Advisory Board
Prescott College Art Gallery Advisory Committee 2006-2013
Arizona Commission on The Arts 2003/04 Grants Panelist for Visual Arts/Media/Exhibitions
Arizona Art Education Association
National Art Education Association
Society For Photographic Education,
*2010 Southwest Region Conference Coordinator: Prescott College
2002 Southwest Regional Conference (Arizona State University): Presenter
*1991 Southwest Region Conference Coordinator: Yavapai College (Southwest Region: Vice Chair 1989-91).
Alligator Juniper National Photography Contest Coordinator 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
APIS(Alternative Photography) participant Santa Fe, NM 2001
All images ©Deborah Ford.