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)
2015 Boston Globe, Boston, MA, Mark Feeney, “Asylums Abandoned, Bodies Unconstrained”, Review Clark Gallery
2014 Lens Scratch, USA Internet Magazine, November 6th, Feature: Aline Smithson: Regarding Landscape: Frank Armstrong and Stephen DiRado, Profile of exhibition at the WSU Dolphin gallery
2014 Business Insider, Interview by Harrsion Jacobs: Twenty Vintage photos from the Heyday of Shopping Malls
2014 UK DailyMail, internet Newspaper, Sunday October 19th, Rats! The teens, staff, and shoppers of America's shopping centers in the 1980s
2014 Reframe, Gizmodo.com: USA Internet Magazine, Feature: Michael Hession: The Lonesome Crowded Shopping Malls of the 1980s
2014 Feature Shoot: USA Internet Magazine, Interview: Ellyn Ruddick Sunstein: Photos Capture 1980s Mall Rats in Their Element
2014 Landscape Stories: Italian Internet Magazine, 17/2014 Food Issue, Short Essay.
2013 Boston Herald, Boston, MA April 29, 2013, Article, Gayle Fee, “Photog’s Nude Hobby Uncovered.” Interview about the film, Summer Spent
2013 [Photo]gogues: New England. Introduction by Paula Tognarelli and Frances Jakubek. Published by Griffin Museum of Photography
2012 Canteen Magazine, Issue 8. Article on Stephen DiRado’s Dinner Series by Brian Ulrich.
2012 Dear Dave magazine, Issue 10. Article by Mark Alice Durant. Title: Celestial.
2009 New York Times Magazine, September 9, 2009, The Way We Live Now, article by Walter Kirn: A Pharmacological Education.
2007 Artscope Magazine, 03/04 2007 Issue, Brian Goslow, Through the Lens, Stephen DiRado
2007 Blank Canvas magazine, Issue 7 Winter 2007, Lisa Sutcliffe, Feature: Facing the Void: The Photography of
Group Exhibitions (Partial Listing)
2015 Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, "New Photography Acquisitions Exhibition"
2014 Worcester State University, Worcester, MA Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery. "Regarding Landscape: Frank Armstrong and Stephen DiRado"
2014 University of Michigan Museum of Art, Anne Arbor, MI, "Suspended Moments: Photographs from the David S. Rosen Collection"
2014 ARTSWorcester, Worcester, MA. "Model Behavior, works from the Collection of Fitchburg Art Museum"
2014 Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, MA Booth Gallery, "38.6: A Photographic Homage to Worcester"
2012 Camera Club of New York City, New York, NY. "Celestial"
2014 New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2014 Gordon College, Wentham, MA, Barrington Center Gallery, "21st Century Monochrome: New Works in B/W Photography"
2014 Grace Museum, Abilene, TX, Exhibition "Black/White: Masters of Analog Photography"
2011 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA, "Naked"
2011 Afterimage Photograph Gallery, Dallas, TX, "40 Exceptional Photographs"
2010 Kayafas Gallery, Boston, MA, Four "Palm Press Portfolios"
2009 Great River Arts, Bellows Falls, VT, "H2O, Film on Water"
2007 Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA."(IN)Habitations"
2004 Currier Museum, Manchester, NH, "New Acquisitions Exhibition"
2004 Denis Bibro Fine Arts, New York, NY, "About Face"
2003 Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY. "By The Sea"
2003 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. " Landscapes Seen and Imagined: Part II
2002 Tom Blau Gallery, London, UK, Celestial Series
2002 The Photography Armory Show, New York, NY, Celestial Series
2002 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. " Alone"
2002 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA "Lens Landscape"
2001 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. " Landscapes Seen and Imagined: Sense of Place"
2001 Dorsky Gallery, (SOHO) New York City, NY, "At the Edge"
2001 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA, " Night Light"
2000 The Afterimage Photograph Gallery, Dallas, TX, "Still Lifes"
1997 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX, "MFA, Houston: Recent Acquisitions"
Collections (Partial Listing)
2015 Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA,( 20 photographs)
2014 University of Michigan Museum of Art, Anne Arbor, MI
2013 Grace Museum, Abilene, TX
2012 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, New York, NY
2010 New Hamphsire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2009 New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2009 Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA
2007 Berlin Natural History Museum, Germany
2003 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
2003 Currier Museum, NH
2001 Ritz-Carlton, Boston, MA
2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2001 Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA
1999 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
1999 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1998 Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
1997 Polaroid Corporation, Dallas, TX
1997 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
1995 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
1994 Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
1993 Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, MA
1992 The Vineyard Museum, Edgartown, MA
1992 Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
1987 Atlantic Union College, Lancaster, MA
1986 Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, MA
1984 Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Awards (Partial Listing)
2012 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
2011 Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
2009 Clark University, Higgins School of Humanities, Research Project Grant
2007 Finalist, Massachusetts Cultural Council
2003 Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
1991 Fellowship, Massachusetts Artist Foundation
1991 Fellowship, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Endowment For The Arts
1991 Cultural Assembly of Greater Worcester
1989 Finalist, Ruttenburg Foundation Award
1987 Fellowship, Massachusetts Artist Foundation
1986 State Finalist, Massachusetts Artist Foundation
1983 State Finalist, Massachusetts Artist Foundation