A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Dornith Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake and is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas, where she has been on the faculty since 1996. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the United States Department of the Interior, the University of North Texas, and the Houston Center for Photography. She received the Honored Educator Award from the Society of Photographic Education South Central Conference in 2012 and, more recently, the Texas Legislature named her 2016 Texas State Artist 2D.
Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions widely in the US and abroad at institutions including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; the Bluecoat, Liverpool, England; the Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Spain; the Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff, Wales; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the Encuentros Abiertos Photography Biennial in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Exchange, Penzance, England; the Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, England; FotoFest, Houston, Texas; Galerie Lužánky, Brno, Czech Republic; the Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX; the Grace Museum, Abilene, TX; the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN; the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; the Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, the Netherlands; the Museum of Photography, Rafaela, Argentina; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada; and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ. She has been invited to present scholarly papers and artist talks at over 80 institutions and conferences worldwide.
Doherty’s work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX; the City of Denton, Denton, TX; the Capital One Corporation, Dallas, TX; the Centro de Fotografía, Isla de Tenerife, Spain; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Boston, MA; the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston, TX; Frontier Science & Technology Research Foundation, Boston, MA; the Goldman-Sachs Corporation, New York, NY; Golin-Harris, Washington DC; Harrah’s Casino, New Orleans, LA; the Kings Park Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Perth, Western Australia; the Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX; Midfirst Bank, Tulsa, OK; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; the Museet Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez, Santa Fe, Argentina; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX; the Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX; the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, Fort Collins, CO; Polsinelli, Dallas, TX; the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Fort Wayne, IN; the Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, KS; Suez Energy, Houston, TX; the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; the W Hotel and Residences, Dallas, TX; and the Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.
Doherty’s work has been featured by American Photo Index, American Way magazine, art ltd. magazine, BBC’s Focus magazine, Dallas Morning News, Du magazine, Elizabeth Avedon Journal, Feature Shoot, Fool magazine, Fraction magazine, Houston Chronicle, Hyperallergic, I Love Texas Photo, Modern Luxury Dallas, National Geographic, New Yorker: Photo Booth, Oxford American Journal, Oxford Literary Journal, Patron, Photo-eye, SHFT, Smith Journal Australia, SPOT, Smithsonian Magazine, Texas Monthly, Tomboy Tarts, Wall Street Journal, and Wired magazine, among others.
Recent lectures include TEDx Monterey (2013).