Master Class with Dornith Doherty: The Proposal Writing Process

  Start Date May 14
  Time 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  Instructor Dornith Doherty

Master Class: The Proposal Writing Process
Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2016; 10a.m.–4p.m.
$230 HCP Members / $290 Regular Price
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Class Size: 7 students

This workshop provides students with the tools to write compelling proposals, such as grants for an artistic project, calls for entry submissions, or exhibition proposals. Students will learn about project cycles, identifying and applying for sources of support, developing budgets, and selecting and documenting work for proposal submission.

This workshop is ideal for photographers pursuing a body of work and with an existing artist statement. The workshop will provide space for peer-review of students’ artist statements and to discuss how effective their statements are in conveying information related to their body of work in a proposal.

What to bring:
- Portfolio of work in progress (printed images)
- Artist statement
- Laptop or writing device

The class fee includes a boxed lunch.


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. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Society for Contemporary Photography, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the United States Department of the Interior. She was named 2016 Texas State Artist 2D by the Texas State Legislature.

Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, (2014), The Exchange, Penzance, England, (2014), the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (2014), the Amon Carter Museum of Art, (2013), Tucson Museum of Art, (2013), the Museum of Photography, Rafaela, Argentina, (2013), the Museum Belvédère, the Netherlands, (2012), the New Mexico Museum of Art, (2011), the Bluecoat, Liverpool, England (2011), the Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife, Spain (2011), and the Encuentros Abiertos Photography Biennial in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010). Her work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas; the Museum of Fine Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minnesota; the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut; the Museet Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark; UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Goldman-Sachs in New York, Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, Sprint Corporation in Kansas, the City of Denton, Texas, and the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston.

Doherty’s work has been featured by Photo-eye, Smith Journal Australia, Fool Magazine, Feature Shoot, SHFT, Tomboy Tarts, Oxford Literary Journal, Oxford American Journal, Wired Magazine, I Love Texas Photo, Elizabeth Avedon, SPOT, Fraction magazine, the New Yorker magazine’s Photo Booth, American Way magazine, American Photo Index, and Hyperallergic, among others.

Doherty’s website is

Level Advanced
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