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  • Dawnja Burris

    Emeritus Professor


    Office Location
    A - 66 West 12th Street

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    Dawnja Burris


    Dawnja is a media studies scholar and practicing conceptual photographer.  Her photographic works have been exhibited at various gallery settings and her work produced during a recent artist in residency at Chaco Culture National Historical Park continues to be developed for additional exhibition.  Her research, teaching and creative production have consistently explored cultural practice as expressed through media representation, focused upon philosophies and politics of virtual identity construction and the predominance of animals in and as media.  Her academic degrees and ongoing academic study are in communication/advertising, media studies/media philosophy, photography and related media.  Her professional training is in photography, video, film and multimedia production.  She has worked creatively and professionally with these media formats in the roles of producer, director and editor for many years.  

    Degrees Held

    M.F.A. Photography and Related Media, Parsons School of Design  

    M.A. Media Studies, The New School for Social Research

    B.A. Communication/Advertising, The University of Texas at El Paso  

    Professional Affiliation

    Animals & Society; Society for Photographic Education; College Art Association; AAUW; AAUP

    Recent Publications

    360 photography of several restricted rooms to accompany archaeological MA thesis work by Oliva Thomsen, National Park Service Photographic Archives, June, 2021

    Canis Lapis (Coyote), Text and photographic entries, Becoming Feral, (forthcoming), 2021

    Photograph from the series Chaco ReimaginedLas Laguna online exhibition Landscapes, Feb 4-27, 2021

    Article, When Filming On-Location is Filming At-Home: Student Filmmakers Magazine and Public Seminar, July, 2020

    Photograph triptych from the series Chaco Reimagined: Chaco Culture National Historical Park visitor center, (forthcoming), 2021

    Photographic object form the series Chaco Reimagined: Sangre de Christo Art Center, Pueblo, CO, 2020

    Photographs from the series Rosemarie's Lane in group show: Textures and Layers: A Walk in the Woods, View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY, Feb - June, 2020

    Photograph from the series Chaco Reimagined in group show: Representing the West, Sangre de Christo Arts Center, Pueble, CO, Feb - May, 2020

    Essay and photograph from the series EncounterPSD Promotional Feature, 2019

    Essay and photographic selections from the series Look Alive!: Imprint: PSD Promotional Feature, 2018

    Photograph from the series Encounter: Group Exhibition, In Relation, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2018

    Photograph from the series Animals Inhabit Fashion Ads: Group Exhibition, Aparatus of Discomfort, Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 2017

    Performances and Appearances

    Artist residency and talks on the photographic series Chaco Reimagined: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, 2019

    Research Interests

    Conceptual photography and video, media technology and production practices, animal representation in media, communication philosophies, cultural documentary, media ethics.



    Personal Website

    Student Work: Animal Instances Journal

    Current Courses

    Independent Study
    NMDS 5920, Fall 2022

    Past Courses

    Independent Study
    NMDS 5920, Spring 2022

    Thesis Supervision
    NMDS 5960, Spring 2022

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