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S. Diane Durant
(also as Diane Durant McGurren)
email: sdianedurant@gmail.com
          durant@utdallas.edu
web: dianedurant.com

Education
The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson TX
   PhD in Humanities–Aesthetic Studies, 2013, with Distinction
   Dissertation: “Between Here and Cool: Image-Text and Double Literacy in the American Road Story”        

   MA in Humanities–Aesthetic Studies, 2007
   Thesis: Creative Documentary and the Artist’s Book
   Exhibition: Farm to Market

Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas TX
    MA in Biblical Counseling, High Honors, 2004

Baylor University, Waco TX
    BFA in Studio Art/Photography, 2001

Professional Experience
Director, Marilyn & Jerry Comer Collection of Photography, University of Texas at Dallas, 2019 – present.

Associate Professor of Instruction, University of Texas at Dallas, 2019 – present.

Senior Lecturer in Photography, Assistant Director, Photography Program, University of Texas at Dallas, 2012–2019.

Carter Community Artist, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 2018–19.

Teaching Artist, Lake Worth Public Library, Lake Worth TX, 2019.

Teaching Artist, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX, 2013–19.

Teaching Artist, People’s Art Collaborative and Multicultural Alliance, Fort Worth Country Day, Fort Worth TX, 2018.

Teaching Artist, Summer Institute for Teachers, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth TX, 2016.

Teaching Artist, Inspired Aging Program, Dallas Public Library, Dallas TX, 2015.

Lecturer, Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas, 2008–12.

Related Experience
Contributor, Dallas Pavilion 2019, Michael Corris, Ed., 2019.

Contributor, Dallas Pavilion, Michael Corris and Jasper Joseph-Lester, Eds. (on behalf of 500X Gallery), 2013.

Researcher, The Photograph Collector’s Guide, Lorraine Davis, Ed., 2010–11.

Reader, Intersections: Women’s and Gender Studies in Review across Disciplines, University of Texas at Austin, 2008–09 .

Member, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX, 2011–2015 (President, 2013–15).

Editor, The Grassburr (1995–97), The Rope (1998–2001), Sojourn (2005–08), Reunion: The Dallas Review (2008-09).

Volunteerism and Service
Chair, Society for Photographic Education South Central Chapter, 2019–present

Leadership Team, Society for Photographic Education LGBTQ Caucus, 2018–20.

Combined Caucus Exhibition Committee, Society for Photographic Education, 2018-2020.

Member, Board of Directors, The Cedars Union, Dallas TX, 2017–2020.

Artist, Art Conspiracy, Dallas TX, 2014–present.

Volunteers in the Parks, National Park Service, Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, Lovell WY, 2015–18.

Exhibitions Curated/Juried
Picture This: An Alumni Show, SP/N Gallery, UT-Dallas (curator, brochure), 2019.

The Continuum, Gallery West, University of Texas at Arlington Studio Arts Center, Arlington TX (juror), 2019.

place/holder, Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, UT-Dallas (curator, brochure), 2016.

The Smaller Exotics of Texas (or, How the Barren Ground Caribou would never occupy the same space as the Javelina), Bath House Cultural Center, Curate + Collaborate Series (curator, with Adam Neese), 2015

Love Us For Good, O’Donnell Arts Gallery, UT-Dallas (curator, brochure), 2014.

Collective Bargaining, Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, UT-Dallas (curator, with Lorraine Tady), 2013

Social/Scene: Works from the Comer Collection, Ida Green Center, UT-Dallas (curator, essay), 2008.

Selected Exhibitions
2020
Mental Pictures, COM Art Gallery, College of the Mainland, Texas City TX (solo)

Light Waves, SP/N Gallery, Richardson TX (Marilyn Waligore, curator)

8th Annual International Combined Caucus Exhibition, BOX 13 Artspace, Houston TX (Zackery Drucker, juror)

Overwhelming (Im)possibilities, West Loop Center Gallery, Houston Community College,  Houston TX (Haley Berkman Karren, juror)

New Photography II: National Juried Exhibition, Academy Art Museum, Easton MD, (Philip Brookman, juror)

2019
This Is 40: 500X 40th Anniversary Exhibition, 500x Gallery, Dallas TX

2018
Vignette Art Fair, Women’s Museum, Dallas TX (Erin Murphy, curator)

The Faculty, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth TX (Art Tooth, curators)

Mental Pictures, Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth TX (solo)
Environmental Portraits, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT (Elizabeth Avedon, juror)
CHAOS!!! 2018, Ro2 Art, Dallas (invitational)

2017
Critical Mass: UTD Alumni Show, SP/N Gallery, Richardson TX (Invitational)

This, That, and the Other: SPESC Chapter Educators Exhibition, Cultivate 7twelve, Waco TX (Deb Lillie, juror)

For the Benefit of the People: The National Park Service in Wyoming, Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne (long-term installation curated by the NPS)

CHAOS!!! 2017, Ro2 Art, Dallas (invitational)

Significance Imposed, Kettle Art, Dallas TX (Steven and Erin Reeves, curators)

2016
9th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo, San Francisco CA (Ann Jastrab, juror)

Bighorn Artists in Residence, Plaza Diane Community Center; Powell WY

Animalia, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury VT (Traer Scott, juror)

Texasville (Revisited), Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, Dallas Public Library (solo)

Out for Summer Vacation, ART7, Fort Worth (Nancy Lamb, juror)

Our Open Road, Don’t Smile, www.dont-smile.com (Melissa Kreider, curator)

CHAOS!!! 2016, Ro2 Art, Dallas (invitational)

2015
Art in the Metroplex, Fort Worth Community Arts Center (Peter Doroshenko, juror)

One by One, ATAMA, Dallas (Trey Hill, curator)

Chaos!!! Small Works, Ro2 Art, Dallas (invitational)

Booked, Ghost Town Arts Collective, Ida Green Gallery, Sherman TX

Phoneography, fotofoto gallery, Huntington, NY (Dan Burkholder, juror)

Alternative Process, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middleburry VT, Online Annex (Amy Holmes-George, juror)

Plan X: A Members Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas (Erin and Elissa Stafford, curators)

The silent air of ruin is fragile. 500X Gallery, Dallas (solo)

8th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo, San Francisco CA (Ann Jastrab, juror)

#MobilePhotoNow, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH (Josh Johnson, Kevin Kuster, jurors; Tyler Cann, CMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, curator)

I tried to follow Eleanor Antin. I only got halfway. Upstairs Project Space, 500X Gallery, Dallas (collaboration with Devyn Gaudet)

2014
Sugar Rush, En Em Art Space, Sacramento CA (Rhonda Coleman, juror)

Ripe Produce: 500X Members Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas

From the Faraway Nearby, Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center, Tarleton State University, Stephenville TX (Chris Ireland, curator)

She Wore Red, 500X Gallery, Dallas (solo)

Artspace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition, Artspace 111, Fort Worth TX (Andrea Karnes and Ron Tyler, jurors)

Mixed e(Motions): Art Unbound by Media, A/NT Gallery, Seattle WA (Julie Baroh, Paul Pauper, and Amy Tipton, jurors)

2013
Between Here and Cool, CentralTrak, Dallas TX (Creative Ph.D. exhibition, solo, catalog)

The Color Black: A Conversation in Three Parts, 500X Gallery, Dallas (with L.E. Doughtie and Timothy Harding)

Relative Proximity, Ghost Town Arts Collective, Ida Green Gallery, Sherman TX

The Mother Load, Prescott College Art Gallery, Prescott AZ (invitational)

Reframing Documentary: Creative PhD in Progress, Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, University of Texas at Dallas (brochure; Marilyn Waligore, curator)

Monthly Weather Review with Chief Meteorologist Harold Taft, Upstairs Project Space, 500X Gallery, Dallas (with Devyn Gaudet)

Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition, Center Gallery, Wichita Kansas (Linda Davidson, Juror)

6th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, RayKo, San Francisco CA (Ann Jastrab, Juror)

You’re going to have short-term doubts (or, this is why it’s called a paradox). Upstairs Project Space, 500X Gallery, Dallas (with The Junior Ward)

2012
SPE Member’s Show, South Central Regional Conference, Mississippi State University Visual Arts Center, Oxford MS.

Going on 35! The Annual Member’s Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas

The Gallery as Host, Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, University of Texas at Dallas (brochure; Stephen Lapthisophon, curator)

Everything Old is New Again, Ghost Town Arts Collective, Ida Green Gallery, Sherman TX

8 Simultaneous Stories to Be Read Simultaneously, Project Space, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX (with Erin Shaw)

Bridged, 500 Singleton Blvd, Dallas (Stephen Lapthisophon, curator)

Texasville, Ida Green Gallery, Austin College, Sherman TX (solo)

Another Dog and Pony Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX

2011
Annual Small Works Show, JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City OK (Invitational)

You Will Know When You Get There, Ghost Town Arts Collective, LIFE in Deep Ellum, Dallas TX

Selected Works from the Region, Society for Photographic Education Members’ Show, UTSA Arts Gallery, San Antonio TX

Texas Hot Chilly, 500X Gallery Member’s Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX

Plano Art Association 125, The ARTS Gallery, Collin Community College, Plano TX (Michael O’Keefe and Enrique Cervantes, jurors)

Motley’s Fool, Old Ghost Town Gallery, Denison TX

Holga Out of the Box International Exhibition, TCC PHOTO GALLERY, Longview TX (Tammy Cromer-Campbell and Christine So, jurors)

500X EXPO, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX (Marty Walker, juror)

2010
Faculty Exhibition: Years of Living Dangerously, Main Gallery, University of Texas at Dallas (brochure)

Eleven, Old Ghost Town Gallery, Denison TX (invitational)

SELF, Croft Art Gallery, Waco TX (Aaron Sacco, juror)

New Texas Talent 2010, Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas TX (Thomas Feulmer, juror)

Down Every Side Street: New Directions in Southwest Art, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces NM (with Ghost Town Arts Collective)

Annual Small Works Show, JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City OK (Invitational)

Society for Photographic Education Member’s Show, Revolver Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

2009
Show from (No)where, 500X Gallery, Dallas TX (with Ghost Town Arts Collective)

Show from (No)where, Ida Green Gallery, Sherman TX (Ghost Town invitational)

Undead at the Ghost Town, Old Ghost Town Gallery, Denison TX

Annual Small Works Show, JRB Art at the Elms, Oklahoma City OK (Invitational)

2008
Verse and Reverse, Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas (invitational)

2007
Farm to Market, Mezzanine Gallery, UT-Dallas (solo, creative MA)

Reader’s Art 7: frugal finds for prudent collectors, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis MN (Susan Hensel, juror)

PhotoWorks 07, Main Gallery, The University of Texas at Dallas

Dead Guy in the Bluebonnets, Ida Green Gallery, Sherman TX (Barbara Elam, juror)

Local/e, Main Gallery, UT-Dallas (Marilyn Waligore, curator; catalog)

Society for Photographic Education Student Show, UC Gallery, The University of Texas at Arlington

2001
Faculty/Student Exhibition, Baylor University Art Gallery, Waco (Victoria Star Varner, juror)

2000
Faculty/Student Exhibition, Baylor University Art Gallery, Waco (Dick Davison, juror)

Viewpoint 2000, Bosque County Conservatory of Fine Arts, Clifton TX (María Teresa García-Pedroche, juror)

Commissions
Museum Education Commission, Maternal Caress, A soft summer air, and Freckles of sunlight, ekphrastic poems in response to works in the collection, Walton School Tours, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Texas. 2018

ART Mashup Commission, The Lobster, Untitled, and After Lunar Landscape, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth Texas. 2019

Scholarly Publications/Books
Diane Durant. Stories, 1986–88. Daylight Books, 2020. (forthcoming)

Diane Durant, ed (and Introduction). Rozafa’s Milk: A Poetry Anthology. Mundus Artium Press, 88pp, 2017.

Diane McGurren, “Is This How It Ends Or What?: Vernon Fisher, Image/Text, and the Postmodern Narrative Under Erasure.” Afterimage (November/December 2011).

Diane McGurren, “Becoming Mythical: Existence and Representation in The Work of Christian Boltanski from La Vie Impossible to Personnes.” Afterimage (July/August 2010).

Creative Publications
Diane Durant, “Ecology of Drought.” In Kelly Caldwell and Cassie Donish, (Eds.), The Spectacle, 2017.

Diane Durant, “Nightcrawler.” In Scott Wiggerman, David Meischen, and Cindy Huyser (Eds.) Texas Poetry Calendar 2015 (Dos Gatos Press).

Diane Durant, “The Phenomenon of The Vortex.” In Cindy Huyser (Ed.) Texas Poetry Calendar 2014 (Dos Gatos Press).

Diane McGurren, “Creating Out Loud: An Interview with 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton.” Reunion: The Dallas Review 1 (2011).

Diane McGurren, “At The Speed of Snails.” In Erik Smetana, Stymie Trading Card Fiction Collection (2011).

Diane McGurren, “Against Predation.” In Scott Wiggerman, David Meischen, and Cindy Huyser (Eds.), Texas Poetry Calendar 2012 (Dos Gatos Press).

Diane McGurren, “National Catfish Day.” In Deb Akers (Ed.), Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review 35 (Winter 2010).

Diane McGurren, “SHOOTING FOR GARRY.” In UTD Creative Writing Faculty (Eds.), Sojourn: Best of UTD (Spring 2010).

Diane McGurren, “Commonplace (or, Digging a Trench for the North Pasture).” In Desirae Aguirre-Treviño (Ed.), RiverSedge 22 (Spring 2009): 24.

Diane McGurren, “Alchemy of a Dream with Rain.” In Desirae Aguirre-Treviño (Ed.), RiverSedge 22 (Spring 2009): 40.

Diane McGurren, “I, Too, Must Understand: An Interview with Artist Stephen Lapthisophon.” Sojourn 21 (2008): 108-120.

Diane McGurren, “The Common House Spider.” In Ann McCrady (Ed.), di-vêrse´-city, Anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival (2008):34.

Photography Publications/Features
“The Lonely Girl’s Guide to the Cosmos” by Alethea Black. Sun Magazine (November 2018): 48.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Hiking Guide, Western Parks Assoc., 2017.

“Diane Durant: The States Project: Texas” by Adam Neese, guest editor. LENSCRATCH (June 30, 2016).

“Diane Durant” by Carson Sanders. Aint-Bad Magazine (August 2, 2016). < https://www.aint-bad.com/article/2016/08/02/diane-durant/.>;

Featured Artist. ON Magazine, “The Texas Issue” (December 2012).

“Where the South Meets the West” by Clay Reynolds. Chronicles Magazine (May 2012): 45, 46, 47.

“Carpet Racers’ Jay Thames: The filmmaker gives us the lowdown.” Hi-Torque’s R/C Car (January 2010): 81.

Reviews
Todd Camplin. “Diane Durant at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.” Todd Camplin Weekly. www.moderndallas.net (June 2018.)

Colette Copeland. “Diane Durant.” Eutopia: Contemporary Art Reviews, Ryder Richards (Ed.). www.eutopia.us (June 2018).

Todd Camplin. “Durant + Gaudet.” Todd Camplin Weekly. www.moderndallas.net (January 2015.)

Colette Copeland. “Diane Durant & Devyn Gaudet.” Eutopia: Contemporary Art Reviews, Ryder Richards (Ed.). www.eutopia.us (January 2015).

Betsy Lewis. “Diane Durant Photographed America’s Cools for an Exhibit at CentralTrak, and It’s...Cool.” The Dallas Observer (July 2013).

Danielle Georgiou. “The Color Black: A Conversation in Three Parts at 500X.” Glasstire: Texas Visual Art. (June 2, 2013). Glasstire.com.

Andy Amato. “Recent + Current Works.” Arts + Culture Magazine North Texas. (October 2012): 44.

Conferences and Symposia
2020
Dialogic Presentation, 20th C. Family, Society for Photographic Education Annual Conference, Houston TX

2018
Presenter, Society for Photographic Education, South Central Regional Conference, Baton Rouge LA (“The True Stories behind Mental Pictures”)

2016
Portfolio reviewer, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Las Vegas NV

Imagemaker, Society for Photographic Education, South Central  Regional Conference, Hunt TX (“That wildness is a necessity: On Being an Artist in Residence at a National Park”)

2014
Presenter, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Baltimore MD (“The Movement is the Message: Image-text and Double Literacy in the American Road Story”)

2011
Presenter, Society for Photographic Education, South Central Regional Conference, San Antonio TX (“Keeping It Cool: Writing with a Photographic Eye, Photographing with a Narrative Voice”)

Presenter, 15th Annual ASU Writer’s Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, Angelo State University, San Angelo TX

RAW: Research, Art, Writing Symposium, The University of Texas at Dallas (Panel: “RAW Creativity: Photography, Poetry, Fiction”)

2010
Imagemaker, Society for Photographic Education, South Central Regional Conference, Fayetteville AR (“Between Here and Cool: Documenting Texasville through Image and Text”)

Fotofest, Houston TX (selected student: Student Observation Program)

RAW: Research, Art, Writing Symposium, The University of Texas at Dallas (Panel: “Representation and the Self: Poetry, Fiction, Art”)

2007
Society for Photographic Education, South Central Regional Conference, Arlington TX (“Contemporary Documentary Practice”)

Readings and Presentations
2019
Featured Poet, Langdon Review Weekend, Granbury TX

Invited Artist, Walton Book Tour and Educator Workshop, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth TX

2018
Invited Lecturer, “Photography 101,” On Our Own Time, American Airlines Headquarters, Fort Worth TX

2016
Reading, Texasville (Revisited), Dallas Book Festival, Dallas TX

2015
Artist Talks, One by One, ATAMA, Dallas TX

2014
Exhibiting artist’s lecture, “The movement is the message.” Tarleton State University, Stephenville TX

2013
Featured poet, Texas Poetry Calendar 2014 reading series, Half Price Books, Dallas TX

Artist’s lecture, “Shooting Cool.” The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX

Reframing Documentary exhibiting artists panel, Main Gallery, The University of Texas at Dallas

2012
Photography Workshop, “Sequencing Photographs,” Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts 2012-2013 Showcase, Dallas TX

Artist’s Lecture, “Shooting Texasville.” Austin College, Sherman TX

Invited reader, Stymie’s off-site reading, Association of Writing and Writing Professionals Conference, Chicago IL

2011
Featured poet, Texas Poetry Calendar 2012 reading series, Bookpeople, Austin TX

Featured poet, Texas Poetry Calendar 2012 reading series, Half Price Books, Dallas TX

Featured poet, Spring Show Arts & Humanities Creative Writing Showcase, The University of Texas at Dallas

Featured poet, Borderlands release, Bookwoman, Austin TX

Featured poet, 15th Annual ASU Writer’s Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, Angelo State University, San Angelo TX

2010
Featured Poet, Langdon Weekend, sponsored by the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Granbury TX

2008
Featured Anthology Poet, Austin International Poetry Festival

2007
Featured Poet, Next on Deck, Southside on Lamar, Dallas

Featured Emerging Poet, Texas Unbound Literary Festival, Undermain Theatre, sponsored by Wordspace, Dallas TX

Awards/Honors/Grants/Residencies
Artist in Residence, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Lovell WY, 2015

Best in Show, Artspace 111 Regional Juried Exhibition (Andrea Karnes and Ron Tyler, jurors), 2014.

Pushcart Prize Nominee (Dos Gatos Press), 2014.

Betty and Gifford Harris Travel Grant, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011. Graduate Student Art Award, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011.

Graduate Research Grant in Aesthetic Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011.

Student Travel Grant, School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2010.

Semi-Finalist, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards (Shorts), 2010.

AWP Travel Grant Award, School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2010.

Silver Addy Award, Ad Club of Waco – American Advertising Federation, 2001.

Professional Affiliations
The Cedars Union (Board of Directors)
Society for Photographic Education
College Art Association
Texas Photographic Society
500X Gallery (2011-15)
Ghost Town Arts Collective (2010-18)