Stephanie Diane Durant
Senior Lecturer in Photography
Areas of Specialization: darkroom, digital, and color photography; new media; image-text
Office: ATC 4.905
Mail Station: AT 10
I am an artist, writer, mother, professor, doctor of philosophy, procurer of used books, former cyclist, coffee enthusiast, backpacker, wayfarer, and armchair soccer-style kicker. I live in Fort Worth with my daughter, our growing collection of vintage cameras, and a multitude of stray cats. In 2001, I graduated from Baylor University with my BFA in Studio Art/Photography. In 2004, I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with an MA in Biblical Counseling before coming to UTD to pursue my MA (2007) and PhD (2013) in Humanities—Aesthetic Studies. I am the former president of 500X Gallery in Dallas and past editor of The Grassburr, The Rope, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. My creative writing has appeared in di-verse-city, riverSedge, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Stymie, and the Texas Poetry Calendar. Two of my critical essays, one on Vernon Fisher and one on Christian Boltanski, have appeared in Afterimage. My photographs have been exhibited coast to coast, from San Francisco to Wichita to New York.
My three main areas of interest are the history of photography and photography theory; the aesthetics, politics, movements, literature, music and culture of the 1960s; and postmodern fiction/literary theory. These interests often intersect at the point of photoconceptualism and the artist's book, which is where my love of the image/text relationship comes into play. Most recently (and perhaps most obviously), I've developed an interest in the graphic novel, focusing once again on the image/text relationship. My dissertation research covered these topics in the context of the American road story as a genre. In 2015, I was the Artist-in-Residence at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Wyoming and Montana, and since that experience, my creative work has begun to focus even more on geography, ecology, and research-based adventure documentation.
My job (and joy) as an educator is to help students get to where they want to go, wherever that is. I most enjoy coming alongside students as they develop and execute their ideas, for anything from class projects and Senior Honors Thesis installations to Spring Show entries or graduate school applications. Family Share Time, Book Club, and Show & Tell are integral to my teaching philosophy and (I believe) to the overall success of each class each semester. Together we can!
Just before I graduated with my PhD, I began teaching part-time at UTD, so the transition to my current position was somewhat seamless. Prior to that, I worked the late shift as a barista at Common Grounds in Waco and spent most of my free time researching the history of the Brazos River, fishing, and backpacking (or at least dressing like it).
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Stephanie Diane Durant
Ph.D., 2013, Humanities/Aesthetic Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas
M.A., 2007, Humanities/Aesthetic Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas
M.A., 2004, Biblical Studies/Counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary
B.F.A, 2001, Studio Art/Photography, Baylor University
Curriculum Vitae: Stephanie Diane Durant's CV
Website(s): my personal website