M.F.A. University of Washington
B.S. in Art James Madison University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
B/W Photography, Digital Photography, New Media, History of Photography, Contemporary Art Theory, Performance for the Lens, the Photograph as Document, Portfolio Development, Math and Art, team teaching and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Diop has been a faculty member at JMU since 1989. Prior to that she taught at Community College of Baltimore, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD.
Diop is a member of The International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture, College Art Association, Society for Photographic Education, American Association of University Women, Madison Caucus for Gender Equity and JMU Safe Zone.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Diop received the 2013 College of Visual and Performing Arts Distinguished Service Award. She was awarded a JMU Faculty Educational Leave, An Inquiry in New Media, and a JMU Faculty Research Grant, Math and Choice: Derivations in Digital Montage. She was selected for artist residencies at The Virginia Atelier at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL, Oregon College of Arts & Crafts and Women's Studio Workshop. Diop was chosen for an Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award by the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts.
Diop’s recent solo exhibitions include Surface at Darrin-McHone Gallery in Harrisonburg and Nature - Order at Blue Ridge Community College. Her recent work done in collaboration with Dr. Alex Bannigan, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Biology, was exhibited in The Socio-Technical Nexus at The cARTesean Space, A Gallery of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. Previous solo exhibitions include Augusta State University, Elkins Hall Gallery at the Tyler School of Art, The Photography Gallery at Ithaca College, The University Center Gallery at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, the Photography Gallery at Virginia Intermont College and Hartzler Art Gallery at Eastern Mennonite University. Her work has also been exhibited in groups shows in venues such as The Butler Institute for American Art in Youngstown, OH, Sol Mednick Gallery at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, ARC Gallery in Chicago, Staunton Augusta Fine Arts Center, and Artspace Gallery and Capital One in Richmond, VA.
Diop co-presented 3D Technology and Photography along with Daniel Robinson, Assistant Director of IVS, at the ConFABulation: Symposium on 3D in the Classroom at Prince George's Community College. She co-curated Outside the Golden Rectangle, a math and art exhibition, at the Institute for Visual Studies Roop Gallery with Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Associate Professor of Math and Statistics and Daniel Robinson and co-curated “Contemporary Mathematical Photography and New Media: Part I and II” at New Image Gallery with Dr. Elizabeth Brown and Rebecca Silberman, Associate Professor of Art.
Diop has served as juror for many exhibitions, among them the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show, Washington County Museum of Fine Art’s photography salon, Lynchburg Fine Arts Center’s photography exhibition and the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival. She serves on Blue Ridge Community College Personal Enrichment Advisory Committee.
University and Professional Service
Diop has served on the Graduate Faculty since 1989 and as Photography Area Head since 2003. She is serving on the University Planning Team, is a member of the Student Research Center Task Force, and was a member of Madison Future Commission and the MFC Faculty and Staff Success Subcommittee. Diop is the Adult Degree Program Liaison and an Institute of Visual Studies Board Member. She was the Graduate Program Director from 2006 – 20011 and Director of New Image Gallery from 1989 – 2006.