EDUCATION & EARLY ART CAREER

 

2006 - Present

- Chose photography as primary artistic medium - Enrolled in community ed photo classes & photo festival workshops

- Attended portfolio reviews including Filter Photo Festival 2011 (Chicago), FotoFest 2012 & 2014 (Houston), Photolucida 2015 (Portland, OR) and the juried New York Times Lens Portfolio Review 2015 (NYC)

 

1985-2006

- Community art teacher, creative workshop facilitator, set designer, professional storyteller, vender of original art objects at conferences and conventions, pen-and-ink drawings published locally, nationally and internationally

 

1976-85

- Exhibiting artist, art reviewer, award-winning watercolor painter, multi-media and performance artist

 

1976-79

-Studied Fine Arts at the Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, MI

-Awarded CCS merit scholarship 1978

 

1966

-Married Edward Dorsey

-Moved to Detroit

 

1966

- MSW Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA

 

1960

- AB Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

 

1942

-Born in Washington, DC -Raised in Falls Church, VA

 

 

PUBLICATIONS: BOOKS

 

2016 - “Falling Into Place” self-portrait book by Patricia Lay-Dorsey included in the library collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

 

2014

- "Looking at Images" by Brooks Jensen (LensWork: 2014), Dualities portfolio by Patricia Lay-Dorsey pictured and discussed by Brooks Jensen

- "A Detroit Anthology" edited by Anna Clark (Rust Belt Chic Press: 2014), 11 photos published from Patricia Lay-Dorsey’s Detroit Is Its People portfolio

 

2013

- "Falling Into Place" self portraits by Patricia Lay-Dorsey (Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales: November 2013)

- "Falling Into Place" Exhibition Catalog (The Griffin Museum of Photography: January 2013)

 

 

AWARDS

 

2015

- Photolucida/Critical Mass 2015 Rauschenberg Residency Award

 

2013

- "Falling Into Place" by Patricia Lay-Dorsey awarded 1st place in Emotion category of Prague’s 2013 Photo Annual Awards & exhibited in Final Wall Gallery Exhibition, Teplice, Czech Republic

 

2010

- "Falling Into Place", awarded 3rd prize, 2010 Fotovisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2015

- "They Call Me Grandma Techno" at The Heidelberg Project's Exposure Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

2014

- "Falling Into Place: self portraits" at Lianzchou International Foto Festival, China

- "Falling Into Place: self portraits" at Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Art Gallery, Detroit, MI

- "Falling Into Place: self portraits" at Central Michigan University Library, Mt. Pleasant, MI

 

2013

- "Falling Into Place: self portraits" at Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon, NY

- "Falling Into Place" at The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

 

2009

-"Active Elders" at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit, MI

 

 

PUBLICATIONS: PRINT MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS

 

2015

- O, The Oprah Magazine, January issue, "5 of the Most Inspiring Women on Instagram" by Zoe Donaldson

- LensWork Magazine, issue #121, "Tea For Two" photo project featured in print and in Lenswork Extended #121 with additional photos & audio interview with Brook Jensen

 

2014

- Meredith College Magazine, “Redefining Strong: Alumna uses art as springboard for discussion of disability” by Suzanne Stanard

- Central Michigan Reference Point Magazine, “Up-Close and personal: Patricia Lay-Dorsey documents life with a disability” by Dan Digmann

- Grosse Pointe Times, MI, “Coming into focus: Photographer turns lens on her life for new book” by K. Michelle Moran

- Grosse Pointe News, MI, “Library hosts book signing” by Ann J. Fouty

 

2013

- Poughkeepsie Journal, NY, “Fovea gallery to display self-portraits by photographer with multiple sclerosis” by Julie Chibbaro

- The Boston Globe, “Three shows at Griffin Museum of Photography” by Mark Feeney

 

2012

- Newsweek Japan, “Picture Power: Falling Into Place photographs by Patricia Lay-Dorsey” by Hideko Kataoka

 

2009

- Photo published in The Sun Magazine

 

2008

- New Mobility Magazine, “Falling Into Place: self portraits by Patricia Lay-Dorsey” photo essay

- LensWork Extended #77, “Dualities" portfolio by Patricia Lay-Dorsey and photographer's audio interview with Brooks Jensen

 

 

ONLINE PHOTO FEATURES

 

2016

- Square Magazine, Issue 604, January 2016, "Tea For Two" photo essay by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

 

2015

- O, The Oprah Magazine, January issue, "5 of the Most Inspiring Women on Instagram" by Zoe Donaldson

- Time Magazine online, “Instagram Photographers To Follow In All 50 States: Patricia Lay-Dorsey @patricialaydorsey for Michigan” by Olivier Laurent and Lucia De Stefani

- Lenscratch, “Photolucida: Patricia Lay-Dorsey: Tea For Two” by Aline Smithson

- Instagram Blog & @instagram, “Through the Looking Glass with @patricialaydorsey” by Andrew Owen

- FEST300.com, "Festival All-Star: Grandma Techno, Movement's Elder Stateswoman" by Marcus Dowling

-VOGUE ITALIA, “Patricia Lay-Dorsey: The Ability of Being” by Alessia Glavanio

- P3.publico, “Patricia é fotógrafa e tem esclerose múltipla” by Ana Maia

- Thump/VICE, “Rave to the Grave With Movement Staple Grandma Techno” by Bryce David

- Insomniac.com, “Interview: Grandma Techno Is a 72-Year-Old Dance Music Badass” by Anum Kahn

- China Photographers Association Photo International Website photoint.net, “Falling Into Place” by Su Yuezhuo

 

2014

- BBC News Ouch blog, “Becoming Disabled: A woman photographs her life with MS” by Phil Coomes

- The Mighty.com, “Self Portraits Show Disability in a Way It’s Rarely Seen: Honestly” by Megan Griffo

- The Huffington Post, Arts section, “Stunning Photos Reveal Living With Multiple Sclerosis Isn't About Pity Or Bravery” by Priscilla Frank

- Feature Shoot, “A Photographer’s Poignant Self-Portrait Series Examines Her Own Journey With Multiple Sclerosis” by Alyssa Coppelman

- Burn Magazine, “Conversation with Patricia Lay-Dorsey” from Skype interview with David Alan Harvey

- Momentum Magazine online, “Self-portrait of life with MS” by the National MS Society Momentum staff

- MS Connection blog, “Falling Into Place” by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

- LensWork Alumni News, "New book: Falling Into Place by Patricia Lay-Dorsey"

 

2013

- CBS News online, “Photographing a full life, with a disability” by Alissa Ambrose

- Slate Magazine Behold, the photo blog, “Moving Self-Portraits Capture a Life With Disability” by David Rosenberg

- ABC News online, “Falling Into Place, The Day-To-Day Struggles of Living With MS, one woman’s photographic journey living with MS” by Jeffrey R. Swartz

- The Daily Mail (London) online, “Photographer takes raw self-portraits documenting her daily struggle with MS” by Alex Greig

-Beacon Citizen Network, “Saturday! Grandma Techno returns to Beacon for a celebratory Book Launch & Dance Party” by Stephanie Heimann

 

2012

- PDN Photo of the Day, “Falling Into Place (10 photos)"

- Fototazo, “Portfolio: Patricia Lay-Dorsey, Falling Into Place: Self-Portraits” by Tom Griggs

- The Chicago Project, Catherine Edelman Gallery website, "Patricia Lay-Dorsey, photos from Falling Into Place"

 

2011

- Visura Magazine, issue 12, “Falling Into Place” photos and text by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

- American-Journal, “Just Another Married Couple” photographs by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

- American-Journal Focal Point column, “Committed to Equal Rights” photography and text by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

 

2010

- Lenscratch, “Patricia Lay-Dorsey: Falling Into Place” by Aline Smithson

 

2009

- The New York Times Lens blog, “Showcase: Falling Into Place” by James Estrin

 

2008

- Burn Magazine, “Falling Into Place” photo essay by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

- LensWork Extended #77, "Falling Into Place" photo essay and audio interview

 

RADIO/TV/VIDEOS/FILMS

 

2015

- "They Call Me Grandma Techno" mini-documentary shown at the Electric Roots Micro Music Film Festival sponsored by the Detroit Sound Project at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI

 

2014

- BBC World Update, radio interview with Dan Damon

- National Public Radio affiliate: WCMU interview "CMU hosts artist/author to speak on living with multiple sclerosis"

- Art and Design, WMTV cable interview with Lauren Parrott

- The Photography Channel-TV, "Falling Into Place" video by David Snider

 

2013

- "Artist Talk by Patricia Lay-Dorsey" video on Fovea Exhibitions website

- "They Call Me Grandma Techno" mini-documentary filmed/edited by Clarence Johnson

 

2011

- Image from "Falling Into Place" included in Lauren Greenfield’s documentary film, "Beauty CULTure"

 

2008

- Location Scout (Detroit) for "It Might Get Loud," documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim

 

INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITS

 

2015

- "Heroine" exhibition at the Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York City

- Instagram's #MyStory exhibit/launch at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles

-"Looking For America Instagram Resident Artist" for the Diiffusion-Cardiff Internatiional Festival of Photography, Wales

 

2014

- "Social Photography: Art in Progress" exhibits in Indianapolis, IN at the Indy Indie Artist Colony and Studio B Creative Exchange

 

2013

- "Fear & Loathing," inaugural Art Photo Index (API) online exhibit curated by Katherine Ware

 

2011

- "Beauty CULTure" exhibition curated by Kohle Yohannan at The Annenburg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

- "Artist’s Choice: Photographic Work by Michigan Artists," Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography

- An International Exchange Project: Beijing, Toronto, Helsinki, Detroit

 

2009

- Burn Magazine Gallery Exhibit: Brooklyn, NY and FotoWeek DC

 

PRESENTATIONS/INTERACTIVE DISCUSSIONS

 

2015

- Interactive slide presentation/discussions on disability in two Human Diversity and Social Justice classes at Eastern Michigan University

 

 2014

- Interactive slide presentation/discussions on disability in five Human Diversity and Social Justice classes at Eastern Michigan University, and two undergraduate social work classes at Central Michigan University

- Gallery events at Swords Into Plowshares Gallery exhibit of "Falling Into Place:" 1) "Disability From the Inside: Conversations with Disabled Metro Detroiters;" 2) Interactive discussion on disability for a high school Social Justice class; 3) Educational Forum for the Michigan Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns vocational rehabilitation counselors

- Keynote Speaker for the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Annual Meeting and Recognition event in Warren, MI

- Guest lecturer for the Clarke Library Michigan Authors Speaker Series, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

- Interactive slide presentation/discussion and book signing at the Grosse Pointe (MI) Public Library

 

2013

- Interactive slide presentation/discussions on disability in two Human Diversity and Social Justice classes at Eastern Michigan University

 

COLLABORATION

 

2013

- "Falling/Dancing Into Place" interactive slideshow/electronic music performance with DJ illich Mujica at "Falling Into Place Book Launch & Dance Party" at Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon, NY

 

CROWDFUNDING

 

2013

- Successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help publish Lay-Dorsey's "Falling Into Place" self portrait book