1966          MSW Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA

1964          AB Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

1976-79    Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (studied Fine Arts)

1978          Awarded CCS Merit Scholarship  




Photolucida Critical Mass 2015 Rauschenberg Residency Award

    (Artist-in-Residence, Captiva Island, FL, March 6-April 14, 2017)

Prague Photo 2013 Annual Awards, “Falling Into Place”, 1st place Emotion

     category (Final Wall Gallery Exhibition, Teplice, Czech Republic)

Fotovisura 2010 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project

     “Falling Into Place”, 3rd prize




“Grandma Techno Checks In” Photoville 2018, Brooklyn, NY

“Tea For Two” Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR,  2016

“Tea For Two” Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2016

“They Call Me Grandma Techno” Exposure Gallery, The Heidelberg Project,

     Detroit, MI, 2015

“Falling Into Place” Lianzchou International Foto Festival 2014, China

“Falling Into Place” Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Art Gallery,

     Detroit, MI, 2014

“Falling Into Place” Central Michigan University Library, 2014

“Falling Into Place” Fovea Exhibitions, Beacon, NY, 2013

“Falling Into Place” The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, 2013

 “Active Elders” Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit, MI, 2009




“The Elevated Selfie: Beyond the Bathroom Mirror” traveling exhibition 2016

     (curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti)

“HERoine” Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, NY, 2015

Instagram #mystory Initiative Exhibition, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

     (curated by Jessica Bennett)

“Beauty CULTure” The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA

     (curated by Kohle Yohannan), 2011

“Artists Choice: Photographic Work by Michigan Artists” Detroit Center for

     Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI (curated by Kyohei Abe), 2011




“Patricia Lay-Dorsey – Tales from the Rauschenberg Residency”

     Photolucida Blog, 2017

“Tea For Two” monograph (Portland OR: Blue Sky Books, 2016)

     63 pp, photos and text by artist, additional text by Lindsay Morris

“Tea For Two” Square Magazine, Issue 604, 2016

“Tea For Two” LensWork Magazine & LensWork Extended #121, 2015

“Falling Into Place: self portraits” photo book  (Cardiff, Wales: Ffotogallery, 2013)

     106 pp, photos and text by artist, additional text by David Alan Harvey and

     David Drake

“Falling Into Place” monograph (Winchester MA: The Griffin Museum

     of Photography, 2013) 54 pp, photos and text by artist, curator statement

     by Paula Tognarelli, preface by David Alan Harvey

“Falling Into Place”, Visura Magazine, Issue 12, 2011

“Falling Into Place”, New Mobility Magazine, 2009

“Falling Into Place”, Burn Magazine, 2009




Laura Moya, ed., “Blue Sky Yearbook” (Portland, OR: Blue Sky Gallery, 2018) 

     selected photos from Blue Sky Gallery exhibits in 2015-2017

Sidney Johnson and Heather Nash, “No Stranger: Patricia Lay-Dorsey”

     Parkview Magazine, Issue 6, Detroit, MI, 2017

Zoe Donaldson, “5 of the Most Inspiring Women on Instagram”,

     O, The Oprah Magazine, Volume 17, Number 1, 2016

Anna Clark, ed., “A Detroit Anthology” (Cleveland, OH: Rust Belt Chic Press,

     2014) 11 photos by Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Brooks Jensen, “Looking at Images”, (Anacortes, WA: LensWork, 2014)

     'Dualities' portfolio by Patricia Lay-Dorsey pictured and discussed

Mark Feeney, art reviewer, “Three shows at Griffin Museum of Photography”

     The Boston Globe, 2013

Hideko Katoka, “Picture Power: Falling Into Place photographs by

     Patricia Lay-Dorsey”, Newsweek Japan, 2012




Rena Silverman, “Highlighting Freedom, Resilience and Diversity at

     Photoville in Brooklyn” NY Times Lens Blog, September 12, 2018

     (photo & quotes by Patricia Lay-Dorsey)

Di Anonimo, “Patricia Lay-Dorsey – The Hole In Between: Collages from

     the Rauschenberg Residency”, Vogue Italia, 2017

Jess T. Dugan, “Q&A: Patricia Lay-Dorsey”, Strange Fire Collective, 2016

Taylor Pittman, “28 Badass Women You Should Be Following On

      Instagram”, Huffington Post, 2015

Olivier Laurent & Lucia De Stefani, “Instagram Photographers To Follow

     In All 50 States: @patricialaydorsey for Michigan”, Time Magazine, 2015

Alessia Glaviano, “Patricia Lay-Dorsey: The Ability of Being” (featuring

     photos from ‘Falling Into Place’), Vogue Italia, 2015

Su Yuezhuo, “Falling Into Place”, China Photographers Association Photo

     International website, 2015

Phil Coomes, “Becoming Disabled: A woman photographs her life with MS”

     BBC News Ouch Blog, 2014

Megan Griffo, “Self Portraits Show Disability in a Way It’s Rarely

     Seen: Honestly”, The, 2014

Priscilla Frank, “Stunning Photos Reveal Living With Multiple Sclerosis

     Isn’t About Pity Or Bravery”, Huffington Post, 2014

Alyssa Coppelman, “A Photographer’s Poignant Self-Portrait Series Examines

     Her Own Journey With Multiple Sclerosis”, Feature Shoot, 2014

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

     Online, 2013

David Rosenberg, “Moving Self-Portraits Capture a Life With Disability”

     Slate Magazine’s Behold Blog, 2013

Alex Greig, “Photographer takes raw self-portraits documenting her

     daily struggle With MS”, The Daily Mail, 2013

Aline Smithson, “Falling Into Place”, Lenscratch, 2010

James Estrin, “Showcase: Falling Into Place”, NY Times Lens blog, 2009




Suzee Skwiot, interview, “Photoville Part 2: Patricia Lay-Dorsey

     (Grandma Techno)”, Adorama Podcast, 2018

“They Call Me Grandma Techno”, 2013 documentary film by

     Clarence Johnson screened with interview, Electric Roots Micro

     Music Film Festival, Detroit, MI, 2015

Dan Damon, live radio interview with Patricia Lay-Dorsey regarding

     “Falling Into Place”, BBC World Update, August 4, 2014

Lauren Parrott, interview, “Patricia Lay-Dorsey: Living with Multiple

     Sclerosis”, Art and Design, WMTV cable TV,  2014

Davis Guggenheim, director, “It Might Get Loud”, documentary film,

     Detroit Location Scout: Patricia Lay-Dorsey, 2009




Mentor, FACING CHANGE: Documenting Detroit Fellowship

     Detroit, MI, 2016-present

Teacher, Human Diversity and Social Justice classes ( two each semester

     2013-17),  Eastern Michigan University




Slideshow/Dialogue, FACING CHANGE/Documenting Detroit Evening

     of Photography and Conversation (Eugene Richards co-presenter),

     Detroit Masonic Temple, 2016

Guest Lecturer, “Falling Into Place”, Clarke Library Speaker Series –

     Michigan Author, Central Michigan University, 2014

“Falling Into Place” exhibition events, Swords Into Plowshares Peace

     Center and Art Gallery, Detroit, MI, August-September 2014

  1. “Disability From the Inside: Conversations with Disabled Metro


  1. Interactive discussion on disability for a Social Justice high school class
  2. Educational Forum for Michigan Association of Multicultural

        Rehabilitation Concerns vocational rehabilitation counselors

Keynote Speaker, Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society Annual

     Meeting and Recognition Event, Warren, MI, 2014