Brooks Dierdorff is an artist exploring the ways media like photography and video shape our cultural imagination of environmental collapse. His work includes a range of methodologies like photo-based sculptures, installation, video, appropriating images from commercial and archival sources, and environmental grief therapy among others. This expanded photographic practice often explores new ways of seeing – staging encounters with photographs that push against the interpretation of a photograph as an objective document to be passively received, offering instead a sensorial and emotive relationship with photographs.

He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally at galleries that include Amos Eno in Brooklyn, New York; The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; The Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle; High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California; The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at The Orlando Museum of Art; Johalla Projects in Chicago; the Ulrike Hamm Gallery in Bissendorf, Germany; the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea; and The New Gallery in Calgary, Canada.

Brooks received his BA from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and his MFA from the University of Oregon in 2012. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.



2009-12 Master of Fine Arts, Photography, University of Oregon

2006 Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy

2003-07 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Media Arts, University of California, San Diego

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2019 Already Always, Olin Art Gallery, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania

Notes from the Field, Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi

2018 Over Time You Forget the Sound, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo, South Korea

The Soft Wreckage of Paradise, Bolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

The Aesthetics of Eden, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida

The Gesture Was All We Needed, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida

2017 A Bright Mirror Standing, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Seminole State College, Sanford, Florida

2015 The Light of Other Days (with Robert Beam), Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada

Midnight Sun, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

The Light of Other Days (with Robert Beam), The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada

2014 The Deep, The Banff Center, Banff, Canada

2013 Rest Easy, PDX Contemporary, Windows Project Exhibition, Portland, Oregon

2012 Window Smokers (with Jared Haug), RECESS, Portland, Oregon

Sequence, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon

Harvest, Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon

2011 Apparatus, Eric Washburn Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

2008 Landscapes From Nowhere, Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Wiregrass Biennial, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Curated by Jackie Clay, Dothan, Alabama

2019 Lush Green Tropical Jungle, Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Curated by Veronica From, Miami, Florida

Art of the South 2019, Memphis College of Art, Curated by Bethany Springer, Memphis, Tennessee

Twixt Cup and Lip, Gallery 110, Juried by Amanda Donnan, Curator for the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

2018  Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Curated by Hansen Mulford, Orlando, Florida

On the Surface, Foundry Art Centre, Curated by Thad Duhigg, St. Louis, Missouri

Warm to the Touch, 16:9 Gallery, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan

2017  No Place, Gallery Protocol, Curated by Iris Williamson, Gainesville, Florida

Now Burning, Border Patrol, Curated by Elizabeth Spavento and Jared Haug, Portland, Maine

Photowork 2017, Barrett Art Center, Juried by Rebecca Morse, Curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Poughkeepsie, New York

Greetings from the Anthropocene, Gallery 110, Curated by Maiza Hixson, Seattle, Washington

2017 International Juried Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Juried by Anna Katz, Assistant Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Photography as Social Conscience, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquahana University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Confluence, Atrium Gallery, Curated by Vicky Romay, Miami, Florida

2016  RealPhoto, Manifest Gallery, PhotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati, Ohio

Take/Aim, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Curated by William LeGoullon, Tempe, Arizona

Peace Among Savages, Amos Eno Gallery, Curated by Mary Gagler, Brooklyn, New York

Material as Medium, Target Gallery, Curated by Aaron McIntosh, Richmond, Virginia

Developed Work: 2016 National Photography Fellowship Competition, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, Kansas

Now What, Coop Gallery, Curated by Tom Williams, Ph.D., Nashville, Tennessee

Water Ecologies, Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Curated by Basia Irland, Pocatello, Idaho

Alter+Combine, (Scene) Metrospace, Curated by Jacquelynn Sullivan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2015 Punctum: 20th Annual Juried Exhibition of Photography, Photographic Center Northwest, Curated by Julia Dolan, Ph.D., Seattle, Washington

Ednamair, Grammar Center, Curated by Melissa Geppert, Medford, Oregon

Baker’s Dozen, Schneider Museum of Art, Curated by Erika Leppmann, Ashland, Oregon

2014 Lucette, Space4Art, Curated by Scott Polach, San Diego, California

Shapeshifting: Contemporary Masculinities, Wooster Museum of Art, Curated by Kathleen Zurko, Wooster, Ohio

Hunter/Gatherer, Truman State University Gallery, Curated by Aaron Fine, Kirksville, Missouri

International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Curated by Diana L Daniels, Carmel, California

2013 High Desert Test Sites, Selected by Andrea Zittel, Dave Hickey, Libby Lumpkin, and Aurora Tang, Joshua Tree, California

Dumb Angel, 12128, Curated by Mike Bray, Portland, Oregon

Archetype Drift, Johalla Projects, Curated by Jason Lazarus, Chicago, Illinois

Off the Plain, Place Gallery, Curated by TJ Norris, Portland, Oregon

ONWARD Compe ’13, Project Basho, Curated by Mark Steinmetz, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012 Arrest Me, Punch Gallery, Curated by Scott Lawrimore, Seattle, Washington

National Exposure Revisited, ARC Gallery, Curated by Charles Osgood, Chicago, Illinois

2012 International Art Exhibition, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Recent Graduates Exhibition, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Self-Calibration, Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, Portland, Oregon

2011 SPE Members’ Exhibition, Kress Gallery, Spokane, Washington

Extra Medium, LaVerne Kraus Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

2010 Alternatives: Unconventional and Uncommon Processes, Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Menagerie, LaVerne Kraus Gallery, Eugene, Oregon

2008 Young Americans, Galerie Ulike Hamm, Bissendorf, Germany

2008 Art Clash, Lorenzo de Medici Gallery, Florence, Italy

2007 SACI Alumni Exhibition, Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York City, New York


2019 Shortlist, Athens Photography Festival, Selected Artist, Athens, Greece

2018 Finalist, Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

2017 Best in Show, Photography as Social Conscience, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquahana University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Best in Show, 2017 SECAC Juried Exhibition, Canzani Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

Finalist, Critical Mass 2017, Photolucida, Portland, Oregon

2016 Emerging Artist Grant, Shortlist, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, California

2015 Brink Award Nominee, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2013 Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Portland, Oregon

Project Grant, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California

Honorable Mention, ONWARD Compe ’13, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012 Dean’s Graduate Fellowship Award, Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

People’s Choice Award, Arrest Me, Punch Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2009-12 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

2010 Graduate Research Award, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


Nevada Museum of Art

Czong Institute for Contemporary Art

Artist Residencies

2019 Despina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2017 Santa Fe Art Institute, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2016 Arteles Creative Center, Haukijarvi, Finland

2014 Banff Artist in Residency, Banff, Alberta, Canada


2020 Curated Artist Registry, White Columns, New York, New York

2019 Artist Lecture, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania

Presenter and Panel Participant, Sculptural Acts in Photography, Southeastern College Art Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2018 Artist Lecture, Photo+Sphere, Asheville, North Carolina

Participant, Review Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Artist Lecture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Artist Lecture, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida

2017 Artist Lecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Artist Lecture, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Artist Lecture, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

2016 Artist Lecture, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Presenter and Panel Participant, The Aesthetics of Eden, Southeastern College Art Conference, Roanoke, Virginia

Exhibitor, Philadelphia Art Book Fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2015 Artist Lecture, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

Featured Artist, I Like This Art,, Curated by Jordan Tate

Artist Lecture, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon

2014 Winter 2014 New Artist Feature, Culturehall,, Juried Selection

2013 Contributing Artist, Bailliwik Magazine, Autumn 2013, Published by Surabhi Ghosh and Rob Hunt

Artist Lecture, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California

Panel Participant, The Constant Construct + Inevitability of Complex Perspective, Place Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2012 Contributing Artist, Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice,, Rebekah Modrak and Bill Anthes

Artist Lecture, Cultural Predators: Photography and Its Relationship to Hunting Culture, Society of Photographic Education, 49th National Conference, San Francisco, California

2011 Artist Lecture, Trophy, Society of Photographic Education, Northwest Regional Conference, Spokane, Washington

Trophy, Portfolio Book, Self-Published

2010 Presenter and Panel Participant, Crossing Borders: Graduate Research Forum, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


Victor Gorgulho, “O Avesso Do Cartao Postal”, Exhibition Catalogue, Despina, 2019

Maxim Schmidt, “Ballistics and Blind Sight”, Online Artist Feature, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, 2019

Hansen Mulford, “Florida Prize in Contemporary Art”, Exhibition Catalogue, Orlando Museum of Art, 2018

Amy Galpin, “The Soft Wreckage of Paradise”, Exhibition Catalogue, Bolivar Art Gallery, 2018

Jennifer Allen, “Brooks Dierdorff: Creating Awareness”, Artborne Magazine, March Ed., 2017

Emma Kisiel, “Brooks Dierdorff”, Muybridge’s Horse, Portland, Oregon, 2017

Luther Konadu, “A Conversation with Brooks Dierdorff”, Public Parking, Winnipeg, Canada, January 9th, 2016

Regina F. Graham, “Take Aim Photography Exhibit Reveals Hunting Culture in Gruesome and Honest Images”, The Daily Mail, UK, December 30th, 2016

Karisma Sandoval, “Take Aim”, The State Press, October 26th, 2016

Featured Artist, Aint-Bad Magazine,, May 2016

Patrick Collier, “Step Up”, Exhibition Catalogue, The New Gallery, 2015

Curatorial Collective, “Shapeshifting: Contemporary Masculinities”,,  October 14th, 2014

David Andrew Frey, “New Artists Feature, Winter 2014”,, March 4th, 2014

Richard Speer, “Brooks Dierdorff: Rest Easy”, The Willamette Weekly, January 30th, 2014

Jenna Lechner, “Northwest Photography: The Same but Different”, Daily Serving, May 21, 2013

Richard Speer, “Off the Plain”, Visual Art Source, April 30, 2013

Rebecca Steele, “Most Recent Evidence of a Language You Have Been Looking At: Jared

Haug and Brooks Dierdorff”, Justice League PDX, December 2, 2012

John Motley, “Window Smokers: Brooks Dierdorff and Jared Haug”, The Oregonian, November 30, 2012

Patrick Collier, “Spot On: Little Lambs Eat Ivy”, Oregon Arts Watch, May 16, 2012

 Academic Appointments

2015-   Assistant Professor of Photography, School of Visual Art and Design, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida   

2014-15 Visiting Faculty, Department of Art and Art History, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon

2013-14 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, The College of  Wooster, Wooster, Ohio

2012-13 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art, Photography, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon