Robert Dash

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Robert Dash is an educator, naturalist and photographer whose work features the complex textures and patterns of micro nature.  His photographs have been published by National Geographic, TIME, and Lenswork, and have appeared in... read on
  
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Coverage Regions: USA & Canada
Years of experience: More than 10
Robert Dash is an educator, naturalist and photographer whose work features the complex textures and patterns of micro nature.  His photographs have been published by National Geographic, TIME, and Lenswork, and have appeared in galleries and juried shows in the US and China, Canada and Brazil. During 2017, five of his images toured the country in the outdoor exhibition The FENCE.  In 2017, Dash published his first book, On An Acre Shy of Eternity, Micro Landscapes at the Edge, which won the Nautilus Book Awards Gold for Photography and Arts, and Best of Self Published. His book was also a finalist in the Foreword Reviews Indie Book Awards for Photography. In 2016 he presented the widely-viewed TEDx lecture, “The Intercourse of Nature.”
Dash learned to use a scanning electron microscope (SEM) while working on his book, bringing a photographer’s eye to natural objects which were at times 1/500th the width of a pinhead. He became fascinated with the stomata of leaves, and created a body of work with several tree and plant species. Linking this series to issues of carbon dioxide and climate change led to publication in TIME Magazine Online at the start of the 2015 Paris Conference on Climate Change.

Exhibitions 

2018 Kaunus Photo Festival, Kaunus, Lithuania, Jurors: Multiple
FestFoto International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Portfolio Finalist, Jurors: Multiple 
Portals, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Darren Ching
Patterns and Shadows, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Stephen Perloff
Photobooks, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Tree Talk, Griffin Museum of Photography/Lafayette Ctr, Boston, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
2017  Yixian and Lishui Int'l Photography Festivals,  China, Jurors: Guo Jing, Laura Moya
Critical Mass Finalist, Introspective Series, Jurors: Multiple
White Swan-Wildlife International Photography Festival, Henan, China Juror: Guo Jing
The FENCE, Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Durham, Santa Fe, Denver, Houston, Calgary
Infinite Possibility II: Imagination & Creation, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Juror: Lisa Volpe
Aviary, Griffin Museum of Photography/Lafayette Center, Boston, MA Juror: Paula Tognarelli
The Big Picture, Denver Month of Photography, Juror: Mark Sink
Spirit Taking Form, San Juan Island Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA
2016 Texture, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Linnea Lenkus
Connect, Lensculture Network, Juror: Aaron Schuman
Open Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Curated Fridge, Somerville, MA, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Flight,  Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Laura Moya
Up Close and Personal, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Kathleen Clemons
Macro, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Laura Noble
Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, FotoFest/Baytown Art League, TX Jurors: Jean Caslin and Dianne Griffin Gregory
2015 Tattered, Torn and Sepia, San Juan Island Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA
Ethos, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Linnea Lenkus
Water, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror: S Gayle Stevens
Arte de Avian, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac City, AZ, Juror: Ben Johnson
Collective Visions Gallery 2015, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Greg Robinson
2014 High and Dry, International Cultural Center of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Juror: Jean Caslin
2013 Edge Arts Group Show, Orcas Center, Orcas Island, WA
Rare Earth, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, Juror: William Neill
Collective Visions Gallery 2013, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Alfredo Arreguin
2012 People, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Thomas Werner
2011 Collective Visions Gallery 2011, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Dennis Peacock
Robert Dash Photography, Jewell Box Theater, Poulsbo, WA, solo
2010 Collective Visions Gallery 2010, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Jake Seniuk
2009 Safe Harbor, Pt. Angeles Fine Arts Center, Juror: Jake Seniuk

Presentations

On An Acre Shy of Eternity Book Launch and Lecture, Orcas Center, May, 2017
TEDx Orcas Island, The Intercourse of Nature: It's What We Are, March, 2016

Awards

2018 Visura/UPI Grant for Visual Storytelling on Climate Change, Honorable Mention
Nautilus Book Awards/Gold/ Photography, Honorary Award, Best of Self Published 
Finalist, Foreword Reviews Indie Book Awards, Photography
Second Place, Portals, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror, Darren Ching
Third Place, Patterns and Shadows, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror, Stephen Perloff
2016 Patterns, Art Ascent Magazine, Gold Artist
Second Place and Honorable Mention, Macro, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror, Laura Noble 
2014 High and Dry, International Cultural Center of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Honorable Mention: Between the Lines
2012 People, New York Center for Photographic Art, Honorable Mention, Spirit of a River
2011 Collective Visions Gallery 2011 Show, Bremerton, WA, Kitsap County Arts Board Purchase Award, Crow Wing Detail

Galleries Orcas Artworks, Orcas Island, WA

Collections

The Lambiel Museum, Orcas Island, WA
International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Joan Morgenstern – promised gifts to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Numerous private collections

Publications

2018 Lenswork Magazine, Introspective, Revealing the Imperceptible
2016 Art Ascent Magazine, Patterns, August, 2016
Rattle Poetry Magazine: Ekphrastic  Challenge,  April, 2016
National Geographic Phenomena Blog, The Earth Has Lungs, Watch Them Breathe
The Week, Captured Photo Blog, The Sinister Beauty of Plant Cells
Lensculture.com Explore: Nature, Black and White
2015 TIME.com/Science, 11/29/15

Residencies

2013 Idaho Art Lab
2012 Great Sand Dunes National Park Artist, Mosca, COAssociations
BlinkLensculture Network

Education

1991 Master of Arts, Human Development, Pacific Oaks College1988 Washington State Teaching Credential1980 Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College