Spirit: Nimbus (Santa Monica, California)



2 Spirit:Trinity (Rome, Italy)



3 Spirit: Regeneration (Santa Monica, California)



4 Reflection (Burbank, California)



5 The Kiss (Los Angeles, California)



6 Dancers (Worcester, Massachusetts)



7 Wonderland (Ballyconnell, Ireland)



8 Fountain (Memphis, Tennessee)




9 Beach (Jalisco, Mexico)




10 Reverie (Chicago, Illinois)



A fine art documentary photographer & art historian, my style has been described as "decisive moment meets Jan Vermeer." I am especially interested in exploring and capturing the "off" moments that reveal authentic emotions and narratives. In my search for rich and vibrant images, I thoroughly enjoy the process of investigating, discovering, framing, and preserving pieces of reality in all their diversity and fluidity. For me, that process is always one of self-discovery and enlightenment as I learn so much from the people and places I encounter. In my portraits, I strive for a humanist approach. My main goal is always to dig below the public personae that most people put on for photographs and to reveal the inner spirit that lies beneath. The photographers who continue to inspire me most are the legendary icons of street photography of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, from Arbus, Levitt, and Frank to Cartier Bresson, Bravo, and Winogrand.

Before moving to LA, I began to study Art, English and Art History. My university studies focused on the relationship of the histories of photography and painting. For 12+ years I was Assistant Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu working closely with the Getty's world-class photo collection interpreting it for exhibition and publication.

Since 1999, I have taught photography full-time in Los Angeles for various inner-city public high schools. I currently teach at the Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology, a new public pilot high school in East Los Angeles. My own photography has received a number of awards including a recent international annual "World in Focus" competition sponsored by the National Geographic. I have also received many teaching awards including the Santa Fe Center's annual Patron Saint of Photography as well as Otis and CalArts Teacher of the Year.

My students earn many photography awards including national awards such as "Scholastic Art," "U.S. Congressional Art", the LA Film Festival and the prestigious the "LA Music Center Spotlight" Grand Prize. In 2011, I was honored by "Ovation TV" as the Southern California teacher-of-the-year for the most student art awards in any media.
[Portrait of Joan Dooley by student Fanny Garcia]

1996 -present, Teacher, LA Unified School District

HS Media Arts Teacher, Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology (HAAT) at Esteban E. Torres HS, 11-present; the Arts HS/Central LA HS #9, 09-11; Bell HS Humanitas Academy, 03-09; Fairfax HS Arts Magnet, 99-03; Elementary School Teacher, Eagle Rock & Leo Politi ES, 96-99; After-School Art Coordinator, Politi, 99

Taught and launched media arts programs in four different inner-city high schools (20 years)
Taught Photography (both Film-based and Digital); Graphic Design and Animation classes.
Taught AP Studio Art 2D Design and AP Art History with 90% pass rate and 50% score of 4 or 5.
Co-taught art classes with CalArts college faculty, Community Arts Partnership (CAP) after-school class, 06-11 (6 years).
Managed & designed 2 media labs from development to grant writing, budget planning (more than $300,000), design, and implementation.
Designed literacy-based curricula, emphasizing concept and research, for Photography, AP Design, Video, Animation and Digital Storytelling.
Established & directed community alliances, including:
Eames Foundation, Working with Eames Demetrius, created, coordinated & implemented a Powers of Ten school-wide curriculum exploring the connections between art, science, math and the humanities, an culminating in school-wide exhibition.
Cal Arts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program: video class, student mentors.
Otis College of Art & Design & Long Beach City College, Worked with college student interns to support student needs at new arts HS.
Self-Help Graphics and UCLA Hammer Museum: arts magazine, culminating project.
City of Bell & MOCA-LA: student instruction and culminating exhibition.
LA City College, designed summer college-credit class, customized to needs of students.

2002-2003, Freelance, Curriculum Design, J. Paul Getty Museum
Hired on contract by the Getty Art Museum to form and lead two inter-disciplinary teacher teams at my high school (Arts Magnet) to create curricula related to the Getty's Lange exhibit, 2002-03. Posted on their site: plans, "Dorothea Lange"

1984 to 1996, Assistant Curator of Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected and organized exhibitions for Museum's Photography Gallery in Malibu: Curator in Charge: Lisette Model; Albert Renger-Patzsch. Assistant Curator: Julia Margaret Cameron; Edgar Degas; August Sander; Camille Silvy; Edward Weston
Researched and wrote exhibition catalogs, book and journal articles, and acquisition proposals
Taught photo history and aesthetics classes at Museum & at Otis College of Art & Design
Traveled internationally and nationally researching exhibitions and publications
Managed international and national loan exhibitions
Supervised accessioning of curatorial collection of 100,000 photographs

1976 to 1984, Photojournalist; Copywriter; Curator
Photographer and feature writer (clients: Worcester Telegram & Evening Gazette, Worcester Magazine; etc.); Copywriter for advertising companies (DMCA etc.); Curator, Worcester Art Museum


Graduate, Accomplished rating, State of California District Intern Program, LAUSD, 98
M.A., Art History, University Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 76
B.A., summa cum laude, English and Art (GPA 4.0), Massachusetts State College, Worcester, 74

T E A C H E R A W A R D S / F E L L O W S H I P S

2009:  Teacher of the Year, CalArts CAP Annual award by CalArts CAP program to teacher who contributed the most to the CAP Community Arts Partnership program. Award given at annual CAP luncheon.
2007:  Photography Teacher of the Year (Patron Saint of Photography): Annual award by the Center in Santa Fe to one nominated candidate on the following criteria: -passion for teaching "ability to excite students" concern for students as individuals -enduring artistic curiosity. $2,500 cash award plus Adobe Creative Suite software package. Juror: John Weiss, Art Professor, U. of Delaware
2005:  Bravo Finalist: one of four art teachers chosen by the Los Angeles Music Center recognized for creativity, innovation and excellence in arts education; ceremony held at Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
2005:  Best of the Web Award: Teacher Focused Site, Bell High Photo Website was one of four sites chosen nationwide by The Center for Digital Education (publisher of (Converge Online), ceremony held at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas
2003:  Art Teacher of the Year: one of three art teachers chosen throughout California for excellence in teaching by Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles); ceremony held at Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills
2003:  Workforce Development Award, First Place. Category: Successful Encouragement of Non-Traditional Goal Pursuits, as Program Co-Director of Photography Program, Los Angeles City College, cash award from Chancellor of LA Community Colleges District
2002:  Fulfillment Fund Teacher Achievement Award: one of fifteen $2,000 cash awards given to teachers across L.A. who are nominated by their students and further recommended by their colleagues as being truly outstanding; ceremony at Kodak Theater
1992:  Research Fellow, J. Paul Getty Museum, August Sander Archive, Cologne, Germany
1974-76:  University Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, one of two awarded annually


National Board of Professional Teaching Standards: Art, Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood, 2002, renewed 2012
State of California: Single Subject, Art, Professional Clear, renewed 2010
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards: Art, Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood, 2002, renewed 2012
State of California: Single Subject, Art, Professional Clear, renewed 2010

State of California: Single Subject, Art, Professional Clear, renewed 2010

J U R I E D  E X H I B I T S / A W A R D S

2015: Self Portrait With Camera, Photo LA, Women in Photography International (WIPI) display (Self Portrait)
2015: Self Portrait With Camera, Photo Independent Art Fair, Women in Photography International (WIPI) display (Self Portrait)
2012: Annual Juried Competition, Honorable Mentions, Women in Photography International (WIPI) (Beach, Mexico)
2012: The Art of Instagram, Los Angles Center for Digital Art (Magnify)
2011: Faces, Two Honorable Mentions, Women in Photography International (WIPI) (Caitlin Mairead McKiernan; Hairdresser House Call)
2011: Celebrating Thirty Years, Photo LA, Women in Photography International (WIPI) display (Nimbus, Santa Monica)
2010: A Decade of Images, Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International (WIPI) (Memphis Fountain)
2009: Published in National Geographic Traveler Magazine:
World in Focus, Merit Award, National Geographic Magazine and Photo District News (Trinity, Rome, Italy)
2007: The Portrait, Top 25, Women in Photography International (WIPI) (Chicago Reverie)
2007: The Portrait, Top 50, WIPI (At Granny McKiernan's House, Ballyconnell Ireland)
2006: Lifestyle, Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) (Chinatown Alley, Los Angeles)
Published in Turning Silverr Book: limited edition, sponsored by Kodak
2006: Turning Silver: Juror Choice 100, Women in Photography International (Nimbus, Santa Monica)
2006: Viva America, Women in Photography International
2006: The Aftermath Project Auction, Michael Dawson Gallery
2006: Conflict, SPE West Regional
2005: Portraits of Children. Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) (Atlantic Avenue, Bell)
2005: Decisive Moments,Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International (Cross-Section, Rome)
2005: Decisive Moments, Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International (Kiss, Los Angeles)
2005: Ruth Bernhard Tribute, Women in Photography International
2005: Relativity,SPE West Regional
2004: Virtual Visual, Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International, (Nimbus, Santa Monica)
2004: Virtual Visual, Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International, (Kiss, Los Angeles)
2004: Beauty, SPE West Regional
2003: Zoom, I-5 Gallery, Brewery Arts Complex, LA
2003: Out of the Box: Contemporary Photography, Brea Gallery, Brea
2002: Gold, Yoginis, Eagle Rock
1998: Contemporary Book Arts, Artworks, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica
1995: Flipside, Getty Art Museum, Malibu
1992: Freedom, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

P R O F E S S I O N A L,  N A T I O NW I D E

2006-2009:  Board Member, The Society for Photographic Education (SPE), a national non-profit organization of 1800 photography educators, curators, critics, and historians
2006:  Co-Coordinator,Conflict, SPE Conference, West Regional (California, Colorado and Hawaii) Coordinated program and publicity for three-day, tri-state educational conference: 30 presentations on 3 tracks plus exhibits and contests.

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2016- present, Director of Studio Programs, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
Joan now directs a nationally-recognized, non-profit community art school for children through adults in Old Town Pasadena. This school specializes in a wide variety of art media, and also houses one of the last remaining darkrooms in LA as well as a digital photo lab. Joan is currently revitalizing both aspects of their photo program. Contact:

1996 -2016, Teacher, LA Unified School District
Teaching Positions: Full-time, award-winning classroom high school Photography Teacher at various inner-city LA campuses including: East LA: Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology (HAAT) at Esteban E. Torres HS, 2011-15; Downtown LA: Grand Arts HS #9, 2009-11; Southeast LA: Bell HS Humanitas Academy, 2003-09; and West Hollywood: Fairfax HS Arts Magnet, 1999-03

Women In Photography International Charter Member (Charter Membership sponsored by Cathy Greenblat)


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