Faculty Biography

Stephen DiRado with camera

Stephen DiRado, B.F.A.

Professor of Practice, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Visual and Performing Art
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7330
Email: sdirado@clarku.edu

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Professor DiRado received a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in 1981 and a Certificate of Art from the School of the Worcester Art Museum in 1979.


DiRado is a photographer whose work is based on long-term documentary projects. He has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards throughout his career. His work can be found in museum collections across the country, including the MFA, Boston, MFA, Houston, DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA and the Currier Museum in NH. He has had one person shows in many galleries and museums, including a most recent one in 2008/2009 at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Stephen DiRado’s Dinner Series: How We Lived.

Publications (Partial Listing)

2009, Esopus Magazine, Fall 2009, Issue 13, New York, NY, Artist’s Project: Oliver Herring and Peter Krashes. Photograph Portraits of Herring and Krashes

2009, Valley News, White River Junction, VT, August 10, 2009, The Power of Water. Review of exhibition, H2O Film on Water, Great River Arts Gallery, Bellows Fall, VT.

2009, Boston Globe Arts Magazine, September 11, 2009, Shimmering Downriver, Cate McQuad. Review of exhibition, H2O Film on Water, Great River Arts Gallery, Bellows Fall, VT. Page 10 and 11. JUMP photograph.

2009, New York Times Magazine, September 9, 2009, The Way We Live Now, section, article by Walter Kirn: A Pharmacological Education. Classroom Series photograph.

2008, Society for Photographic Education, 45th National Conference, Denver, CO, “One by One: Photographers Seeking Social Change.” A lecture by Mary Ann Lynch: “Dad with Alzheimer’s.”

2008, The Earth on a Collision Course: Meteorite Impacts as Geological Form, Publication, Berlin Natural History Museum, Germany, Celestial Photograph.

2008, Foto Book: Survey of Australian, German and American Photography, edited by Mark McPherson 6 JUMP photographs.

2007, Improper Bostonian, magazine, Boston, MA, January 10 -23, 2007, Jolyon Helterman, Museums and Galleries: Taking the Plunge.” Page 52. 1 JUMP photograph and article about JUMP at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

2007, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, Winter/Spring Issue. Cover art, JUMP photograph.

2006, Clark News, Fall 2006, Jane Salerno, “Indifference is not an option”, 1 Dinner Series photograph and interview.

2006, The Pulse, Worcester, MA, February 6, 2006, Leon Nigrosh, “New to View: Photography at the Worcester Art Museum.

2004, Telegram and Gazette, Worcester, MA, Friday January 4, 2004, Nancy Sheehan, “Exhibiting Spirit Celebrating ArtsWorcester 25 Years,” pages C3 and C6. Interview and 1 bell Pond photograph and 1 Celestial Series photograph.

2004, Photo (In New York and International) magazine, May/June issue. Full back cover advertisement promoting Palm Press, Stephen DiRado’s Vineyard Beach People portfolio

Exhibitions One Person (Partial Listing)

2008-2009, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, Stephen DiRado’s Dinner Series: How We Lived

2007, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, JUMP

Group Exhibitions (Partial Listing)

2008-10, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, MA. Murals of Celestial Series photographs displayed on the grounds of the MFA, public transportation throughout the Boston metropolitan area, and printed on postcards distributed by the museum.

2009, Great River Arts, Bellows Falls, VT, H2O, Film on Water

2009, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, First Impressions

2008-2009, Davis Gallery, Worcester, MA 20 Worcester Artists

2008-2009, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, Human Nature(s)

2008-2009, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, Face to Face: Challenging Traditional Portraiture

2008-2009, Currier Art Museum, Manchester, NH, Select Works from the Permanent Collection

2008, Hanover Gallery, Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts, Worcester, MA, Scratching the Surface

2008, Simmons College, Boston, MA, Uncommon Denominator: Photography

2007, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, In Sights: Photography by Award-Winning Massachusetts Artists

2007, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, JUMP

2007, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Arts, Boston, MA, (IN)Habitations

2007, Clark University, Worcester, MA, Visual Dialogues

2006, The Methodist Hospital Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Healing Arts Exhibition Series, Houston, TX, Generations of Caring

2004, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, You Are Here: Rediscovering Landscape

2004, Currier Museum, Manchester, NH, New Acquisitions Show

2004, Denis Bibro Fine Arts, (Chelsea) New York, NY, About Face

Collections (Partial Listing)

2010, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH 1- (Library) Jacob’s House book 

2009, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, 2 Dinner Series

2009, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, 1 Dinner Series

2009, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA,Stephen DiRado, 1 Dinner Series

Awards (Partial Listing)

2007, Finalist, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Dad with Alzheimer’s

2003, Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Dinner Table Series