Deanna is a Maine visual artist working with photographic media. She was educated in the environmental sciences which led to her working as a field biologist for more than a decade. During this same period of time, she merged her scientific practice of inquiry and discovery with that of expression and making in her creative practice.  Her work questions our relationship to the natural world, our place in the universe, and our responsibly to this earth and those who inhabit it.  

Living along the banks of the St. George River in Maine with her her husband is where the verdant greens and the shifting tides inspire her.  She is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities at Unity College and the Managing Editor of Hawk & Handsaw - The Journal of Creative Sustainability, the college’s literary and visual arts journal. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she is the recipient of grants from Maine Arts Commission, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, and The Kindling Fund (a re-grantor for The Warhol Foundation).

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CV

EDUCATION                      

  • MFA, Photography; Maine Media College, Rockport, ME
  • (Studio Art), Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
  • BS, Environmental Science; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

AWARDS / GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES

  • 2018-19 Maine Arts Commission Project Grant, ME
  • 2016-17 Unity College Faculty Research Grant, ME
  • 2016  East Carolina University Residency, Greenville, NC
  • 2016  How to Flatten A Mountain Residency, PhotoIreland, IR
  • 2015  The Kindling Fund, Grant Award, SPACE Gallery, ME (Re-grantor for The Warhol Foundation)
  • 2014  John Anson Kittredge Education Fund, Grant Award
  • 2013 Honorable Mention, TPS 22, International Competition, TX
  • 2012 Residency Fellowship Recipient, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

SOLO  EXHIBITIONS / TWO-PERSON*

  • 2017    Photo Biologique: Light + Life, Gallery 1/1, Seattle, WA*
  • 2016    Melt, Revela-T, Barcelona, SP
  • 2015    A Lensless Vision:  Contemporary Camera-less Works by DM Witman, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, University of               Southern Maine, Portland
  • 2015    Supercluster Arion & Other Phenomena, Unity College, Leonard Craig Gallery Unity, ME
  • 2013    Pinhole Photographs, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
  • 2013    Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA (catalog)
  • 2012    dm witman photographs, Uppsala Foto Festival, Uppsala, Sweden 
  • 2012   dm witman photographs, Think Tank, Portland, MainE
  • 2010   dm witman, pinhole photographs, Sussex County Community College, New Jersey
  • 2009   Featured Artist, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Allentown, PA, Sept/Oct
  • 2009   dm witman, photographs, Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • (Group Show, Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME)
  • (Material Lamentations:Art, Grief And The Land, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art           Association, Cambridge, MA)

2018

  • Faculty Exhibition, Leonard R. Craig Gallery, Unity College Center for the Arts, Unity, ME
  • America Now, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
  • Tidal Zone, Waterfall Arts Center, Belfast, ME
  • Found, Maine Media Gallery, Rockport, ME
  • Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME; curated by Nat May

2017

  • America Now, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine, Augusta, ME
  • Maine Media MFA Alumni Exhibition, Maine Media Gallery, Rockport, ME
  • Visual Metric, Griffin Museum, Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA
  • To Climb A Tree At Least, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, University of Southern Maine, Portland
  • The Door Between, Book Arts & Historic Process Photography, Maine Media Gallery, Rockport, ME

2016 

  • Hot Topic - A Photographic Response to Climate Change, Gallery 1/1, Seattle, WA   
  • STUMP, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • Constructed Realities, SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition, Living Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
  • Branching Out, Curated by Bruce Brown, CMCA curator emeritus, UMVA Gallery, Portland, ME
  • dis/exists, PhotoLA, Downtown Photoroom, Los Angeles, CA
  • How to Flatten A Mountain, Rathfarnham Castle, PhotoIreland, IR
  • Landscapes, Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado   
  • Constructed Realities, SPE Combined Caucus Exhibition, Las Vegas, NV                 

2015 

  • Evidence + Advocacy, SPE NE Member Juried Exhibition, Photographic Resource Center, Boston
  • Group Show, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
  • Salt, Silver & Sun, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME
  • Obscura, School of Arts & Crafts, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

2014 

  • Going Lensless: Recent Work by Six Pinhole Photographers, Forward Thinking Museum
  • Dream Within A Dream, HEIST gallery, London, UK
  • New Prints via IPCNY, Christies’s Rockefeller Center Gallery, NYC
  • Summer Group Show, Asymmetrick Arts, Rockland, ME
  • Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, Pinhole Photography Exhibition
  • 2014 Art Meets Science Exhibition, MDI Biological Laboratory,  Maine
  • OBSCURA 121 Views, Pfluger68, Berlin, Germany
  • New Prints 2014/Winter, International Print Center New York, NYC

2013 

  • Winter Solstice, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
  • Lenzless, Plates to Pixels
  • Focus on Faculty, MMW+C, PhoPa Gallery, Portland, ME
  • American Art Today : Figures, The Bascom, Highlands, NC
  • Gallery Artists: A Group Exhibition, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Portland, ME
  • Ballarat Foto Festival, Projection Program, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
  • Mentor, 40 Photographers/40Years Maine Media Workshops + College, Center for Maine
  • Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
  • Posteriori: An Alternative Photographic Process Group Exhibition, Aviary Gallery, JP, MA
  • 4th Biennial Pinhole Show, RayKo Photo Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Mysterious Visions: Dreams, Fantasies, and Mirages, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont
  • Biennial 2013 Exhibition, Rochester Museum of Fine Art, Rochester, NH
  • The Things That Seem and Those That Are: Reshaping Photography through Alternative Process, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

2012 

  • Enchantment, Plates to Pixels 6th Annual Juried Exhibition
  • Art From the Heart 2012 (AFTH2012), Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn
  • Strong Water, Oforta Gilde, Riga, Latvia
  • Art In An Instant, New Visions Gallery, Scranton, PA

2011 

  • Maine Media College Alumni Showcase, Camden Library, Camden, ME
  • Art In An Instant, SPLOT, Nowy Sacz, Poland

2010 

  • Art In An Instant, Thomas Jefferson School, St. Lois, MO
  • Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA
  • Art In An Instant, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA
  • ONWARD ’10, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA

2009 

  • NEXT: Emerging Philadelphia Photographers, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA.  Juror:  Ariel Shanberg.
  • Just Look at Yourself, Center for Maine Contemporary Art,   Rockport, ME.
  • MFA Graduates Thesis Exhibition, Maine Media College, Rockport, ME.

COLLABORATIONS

  • 2016   How To Flatten A Mountain, PhotoIreland, IR
  • 2015   Paper Parts: 20 Artists Working with Cameraless Photographic Techniques, UK
  • 2013   the POSTCARD collective, Summer 2013

PRESS / INTERVIEWS

PUBLICATIONS

  • Anderson, Christina Z, Featured Artist in Salted Paper Printing: A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artist, 2017 
  • Chris Snow, Aesthetics of Disaster, Climate Change Art in New England,  March/April, 2017
  • Process, A Journal of Slow Photographic Process Methods, November, 2016
  • Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, April, 2016 Feature
  • Aline Smithson, “DM Witman: Melt”, Lenscratch, November 12, 2015 http://lenscratch.com/2015/11/dm-witman-melt/
  • Obscura, 121 Views; Germany, 2013.
  • Dr. Alan Lightman, Catalog Introduction, Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena, 2013.
  • Le Journal del la Photographie, Portfolio Selection, April 11, 2013.
  • Aline Smithson, “DM Witman: Genesis”, Lenscratch, March 29, 2013. http://lenscratch.com/2013/03/dm-witman/
  • BETA, developments in photography, Issue 03, February 2013. (cover)
  • Russel Joslin. Portfolio Issue. SHOTS Magazine. December 2012.
  • “Plates to Pixels” 6th Annual Juried Exhibition Catalog “Enchantment”, December 2012 http://platestopixels.com/blog/exhibitions/enchantment/
  • “Minimal Exposition”, May 9, 2012. http://minimalexposition.blogspot.com/2012/05/deanna-witman-manifestations.html

LECTURES/PANELS 

  • 2018 “Updating Traditional Media, Participatory Art Within and Beyond the Gallery Walls”, TransCultural      Exchange International Conference, Quebec City, CA, February 23.
  • 2017 “To Climb A Tree, At Least”, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, November 16.
  • 2017   Master Lecture Series, Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME, July 25.
  • 2016   A Journey… from here to there, East Carolina University, NC, November 19.
  • 2016   HTFAM Collaborative Artist Residency, FishBowl Series, Unity College, ME, October.
  • 2016   Panel, Artists Wielding Words and Images conference, Portland, ME, April 24.
  • 2015   Image-Maker Lecture,  Melt, SPE, NE Regional Conference, Boston University, MA, Nov. 6.
  • 2015   Melt, Artist Talk, Maine Photo Symposium, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Oct. 15
  • 2015   Artist Lecture, Work in Progress, Melt, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, May.
  • 2014   The Lensless Document, Undergraduate Documentary Photography, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Nov. 18.
  • 2014   From There to Here: Notes about Process, Masters Lecture Series,  Maine Media Workshops + College, July 22.
  • 2013  Moderator, Panel Discussion, The State of the Print in Contemporary Photography, ONWARD Summit, Project           Basho, Philadelphia, PA, March 23.
  • 2012  Pinhole Dreams & DocumentsPecha Kucha, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, February 10.
  • 2012   DM Witman: Works in Progress,Night for Emerging Photographers, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA, November 15.

COLLECTIONS

  • University of Southern Maine Glickman Library
  • Numerous private collections

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES / EVENTS

  • 2018           TransCultural Exchange Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, CA
  • 2014-16     LOOK3 Festival, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2013           ONWARD Summit, Project Basho
  • 2012           PhotoNOLA, New Orleans
  • 2009 -       SPE Regional and National Conferences
  • 2009          Les Rencontres Photography, Arles, FR


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2016 - Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities. Managing Editor of Hawk & Handsaw, Unity’s literary and visual arts journal. Unity College, Unity, ME
  • 2015 - Mentor, ONWARD Global Mentorship Program
  • 2014 - 16 Adjunct Faculty, Unity College, Unity, ME
  • 2011 -  Instructor, Maine Media Workshops + College, Rockport, ME
  • 2013-14  Instructor, Maine RSU3, Unity, ME
  • 2011-14 Artist-Mentor, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
  • 2011 Instructor, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
  • 2010  Instructor, Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2010 Adjunct Visiting Assistant Professor, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008-09 Teaching Assistant, Maine Media College & Workshops, Rockport, ME
  • 2001-07 Instructor/Teaching Assistant/Lab Manager, Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA. 
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