Dennis Staffne

BFA and MFA • School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Chicago, Illinois

Dennis Staffne has been involved with photography since his high school days. In college he completed a range of art and design classes including graphic design and drawing courses. Ultimately his emphasis was directed toward photography and photo-printmaking. He completed both his BFA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After completing a year of work at Obata Design in St. Louis he accepted a teaching position at Northern Michigan University. Over the years Dennis has used his skills to professionally explore commercial and architectural photography. His work has been represented in numerous group and solo exhibits.

Teaching Experience
Professor • Northern Michigan University • School of Art and Design • Marquette, Michigan
St. Louis Community College • St. Louis, Missouri • (summer) 1973 and 1976-1982
Columbia College • Chicago, Illinois • (part-time) 1975

Professional Experience
Freelance Photographer • Current
Studio • Location • Portraiture • Events

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Recent Exhibits     2008 – 2014
Group Exhibits:
Faculty Exhibit – Devos Art Museum – Michigan
Northern Exposure XXIII – Bonitos Art Center – Michigan
Faculty Exhibit – Devos Art Museum – Michigan
Art Saint Louis XXX – Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri ••
•• Honorable Mention Recognition
Northern Exposure XXI – Bonifas Art Center – Michigan
Art Saint Louis XXIX – Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Northern Exposure XX – Bonifas Art Center – Michigan
Lost and Found – The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont
Faculty Exhibit – Devos Art Museum – Michigan
Northern Exposure XIX – Bonifas Art Center – Michigan ••
•• Purchase Award, Cash Award and Media Award
Solo Exhibition – Forest Park 1969 – The SOHA Gallery – St. Louis, Missouri
Solo Exhibition – Ambient Intrusions – The Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri
Solo Exhibition – Monochrome – Bay College – Michigan
Group Exhibits:
Room With A View – Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
B&W Photography – Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
North of the 45th – Devos Art Museum – Michigan
Photography Unlimited – The Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri
Various Art Fairs – 2009-2011 – Missouri and Illinois
Chicago Botanical Garden – Chicago, Illinois ••
••Best Photography Award
Art and Air – Webster Groves, Missouri
Laumeier Art Fair – St. Louis, Missouri
Peoria Art Festival – Peoria, Illinois
Art at the Glen – Chicago, Illinois
Buffalo Grove Art Festival – Chicago, Illinois
Glencoe Festival of the Masters – Chicago, Illinois
Group Exhibits:
Permanent Collection Exhibit – Bay College – Michigan
17th Annual Juried Exhibition – Art Institute and Gallery – Salisbury, Maryland
Through the Lens – Printmaking Council of New Jersey – New Jersey
Elemental/Environmental: Space – New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
Northern National Juried Art Competition – Nicolet College – Wisconsin
2008 Annual Juried Art Competition – South Arkansas Arts Center – Arkansas
North of the 45th – Devos Art Museum – Michigan
29th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit – St. James, New York
Texture of the Keewanaw – Ed Gray Gallery, Michigan
Great Lakes Showcase – Michigan Technological University, Michigan
The Altered Landscape – Newspace Center for Photography – Portland Oregon
Solo Exhibition – Quiet Places – Oasis Gallery – Michigan

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
Charles Mingus

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” 
Albert Einstein

“Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Chuck Close