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

Professional Website

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 Listings)

2017 Pan and the Dream Magazine 1#, The Emperor’s New Clothes, United Kingdom 12 photographs, Beach People Series and Interview by Katrine Pedersen

2017 WCAI/NPR Interview radio and podcast, Zach Dyer, Stephen DiRado’s Holding On To The Man In The Mirror—Tracking Alzheimer’s Through Image

2017 RealSimple Magazine, Time Inc, New York, NY: 6 Across the Table photographs accompanying Caroline Collins McKenzie’s article, How to Love the Hard-to-Love People in Your Life.

2017 GEO WISSEN Magazine, Germany, May issue, Article Die Kunst der (The Art of Communication) Interview Claus Peter Simon and Bertan Weiss, Page 27 through 33. 8 page spread with 6 Dinner Series photographs.                      

2017 Vitality Magazine, Worcester, MA: Winter Issue, Article and cover story, Bernie Whitmore, Stephen DiRado a Life of Art

2016 Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas Magazine, Vineyard Haven, MA: Early Summer Issue #11.  Valerie Sonnenthal interview: A Conversation with Stephen DiRado. 4 pages, six photographs

2016 National Geographic Channel, Program: The 90s, Last Great Decade? 2 Mall Series photographs illustrating mall habitat.


2016 KCUR, Radio, Kansas City, MO: Article and Radio Program, C.J. Janovy: UMKC Art Gallery of Art Reveals 3 Generations of Artists Who Influenced One Another

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 Stephen DiRado.



2017 University of New Hampshire, Museum of Art, Durham, NH: Stephen DiRado’s Embrace, A retrospect 1983 through 2017. October 26, 2017 through December 15, 2017.                                                    

2016/17 Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester, MA Stephen DiRado’s Mall Series. An exhibition installment from the Worcester Historical Museum’s Looking Back In to the 1980s, November 2016 through January 2017.                               

2016 Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Jump–Devolve–Whisper: audio/video installations by Stephen DiRado & Matt Malsky

February through March 2016.

2014 Worcester State University, Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, Worcester, MA  Regarding Landscape: Frank Armstrong and Stephen DiRado Curated by Catherine Wilcox-Titus, large scale documentary landscape photographs.

2013 Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, Celestial Curated by Karen Davis, small and large scale Celestial photographs.

2008-2009 Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA: Stephen DiRado’s Dinner Series: How We Lived Curated by associate curators Kristina Durocher and Stephen Jareckie. Three decade retrospect, selected 27 Dinner Series documents.                       

2007 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, JUMP Curated by Senior Curator Nick Capasso and Associate Curator Lisa Sutcliffe. Seven year retrospect, 24 JUMP documentary photographs.

2002 Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, Stephen DiRado, Dinner Table Series Curated by director/curator Jean Caslin.

2001-2000 MTA, Transit for Arts, Penn Station, New York City, NY (Large scale exhibition.) Celestial Curated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

1997 The Afterimage Photograph Gallery, Dallas, TX: Nighttime Curated by Ben Breard.

1996 Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, MA, Celestial Curated by Teri Priest and Allen Fletcher.  Curated by Laelia Mitchell.

1991 Akin Gallery, Boston, MA: Photo Constructions Curated by gallery owner Ali Righter.

1986 Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA: Galleria Series Curated by Stephen Jareckie.


1986 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA: Galleria Series Curated by Museum Director Marylyn Goodman.  

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