Dr. Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis is a professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University and director of NYU’s Center for Black Visual Culture. She teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, photographic history of slavery and emancipation, contemporary women photographers, and beauty.

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Dr. Deborah's Upcoming Workshops

  • IV

    Level IV

    Students have advanced skills and knowledge of the ceramics field. Students are highly motivated, have a minimum of five years experience in the field and have a portfolio of their artwork. Typical students are academics and professional artists.

Aug 7 - 11, 2023

Master Class: Home, Reimagining Interiority

Dr. Deborah Willis

Tuition $1,295
Code P1019-23

This masterclass explores how we see/interpret concepts of home. Confinement during lockdown created works that have taken on new meanings, feelings, and dimensions about place. Using a series of documentary films, artworks, and readings, we consider Home’s construction/deconstruction. How do we reimagine Home and what is it now? This workshop encourages students to consider archival photographs, text, and other works that focus on cultural, political, social, economic, and intimate moments. Students contemplate new questions, and consider moments both comforting and disconcerting. Participants challenge themselves to refine unfinished projects. Dedication, respect for peers, and love for work is expected. Portfolios will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 17th, 2023. ‏‏‎Submit your portfolio by January 27th  for priority consideration. Instructions on how to submit your portfolio are as follows: Submit digital images of your work in one single PDF (as opposed to individual JPG attachments) via email directly to Anderson Ranch Workshop Manager Esther Nooner at enooner@andersonranch.org The single PDF must be less than 10 MB to be considered. Include 5-10 images of your work with image identification that lists the title, media, dimensions and year of each image. While not required, it is helpful to see an artist statement addressing the images you send. Include “Advanced Portfolio Review” in the subject line of your email, as well as the title of the workshop for which you are applying. Please provide a phone number where you can be reached and a link to your website. Submissions that do not follow the requested directions will not be reviewed. To be considered, we must receive portfolios by 5 PM MST Friday, Feb. 17th, 2023. If we receive your materials after Feb. 17th, you will be considered on a space-available basis. We will email you regarding your status on or before Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. If you are accepted, a deposit of $650 will be required within one week of notification of acceptance to hold your place. Housing will be assigned on a space-available basis upon enrollment.

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