Dennis Kiel has been the Director of the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University for the last 5 ½ years. He comes to the Dishman from Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as chief curator at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film. Before joining The Light Factory, Kiel was the associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 24 years. He also taught the history of photography at Northern Kentucky University as an adjunct professor for a number of years.
He served as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts panel titled “American Masterpieces: Visual Arts Touring” and has participated in portfolio reviews at Houston Fotofest, “Our World” for Photo Alliance San Francisco, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, Slow Exposures Photography Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Society for Photographic Education, and the Click! Photography Festival. He has also been a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass online competition from 2011-2019.
Recent photography exhibitions at the Dishman include Keith Carter-Fifty Years (2019), MUM: Nancy Newberry (2018), Intrusions of Grace: Anne Berry & Lori Vrba (2017), Jamey Stillings: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar (2016), and Eliot Dudik: Broken Land | Still Lives (2015).
Kiel is interested in looking at basically all areas of photography, especially street photography, photojournalism, and portraiture. He is not interested in commercial work (primarily advertising). He can offer inspiration, advice on exhibitions and proper presentation, and can help photographers find a direction that will take their work to the next level.