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Graduate Director for Art, Photography Coordinator, Professor of Art
Contact Info
Website: http://www.corinnediop.com

  • M.F.A., University of Washington
  • B.S. in Art, James Madison University
Areas of Expertise

Digital photography, screen-based photo/video, performance for the lens, the photograph as document, portfolio development, darkroom photography, history of photography, contemporary art theory, art & creativity, team teaching and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Previous Experience

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.

Professional Affiliation
  • The College Art Association
  • Society for Photographic Education
  • Central Shenandoah Arts
  • American Association of University Women
  • Madison Caucus for Gender Equality and
  • JMU Safe Zone
Honors and Awards

Diop was awarded JMU Faculty Educational Leaves for Exploring New Photographic Technologies: A Merge of Art Practice and Teaching and 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 and a College of Visual and Performing Arts Distinguished Service Award.


University and Professional Service
Diop is Associate Director of SADAH, Graduate Director of Art and Photography Area Head. She currently serves on the University Planning Team, the Academic Standards Committee, the Institute for Creative Inquiry Board and the Collections Collaborative. She is co-director of New Image Gallery

Public Service
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.


Diop recently exhibited work in “Open Source” at Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, “Evoking Spirits” along with Dymph de Wild at Alcott Gallery at UNC at Chapel Hill, “The Members Show” at Light Factory in Charlotte, NC and “Art On Paper” at Site: Brooklyn. Her work was included in recent graduate faculty group exhibitions at New Image Gallery and at Staunton-Augusta Art Center, and she was one of nine artists in “Murmuration”, a collaborative exhibition at New Image Gallery. Diop has exhibited with Metal Shed CoLab (Dymph de Wild and Rebecca Silberman) at Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton, Christopher Newport University, Bridgewater College and Smith House Galleries.

Local solo exhibitions include Blue Ridge Community College, Eastern Mennonite University, Smith House Galleries, Modular Project Space Residency, Duke Hall Critique Space, and Oak View National Bank in Marshall. She has had solo exhibitions at 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 and the Photography Gallery at Virginia Intermont College.

Institute for Creative Inquiry interdisciplinary courses have included: 

Tracing Light and Movement: Explorations in Performance, Visual Art, and the Lens, co-taught with Cynthia Thompson, Professor of Dance (Spring 2020) 

Art and Math: Through the Lenses of Photography, co-taught with Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Associate Professor of Pure Mathematics (Spring 2013)

Math and Art: Beautiful Rigor, co-taught with Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Associate Professor of Pure Mathematics (Spring 2009)

Fearful Symmetry: Art and Mathematics, co-taught with Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Associate Professor of Pure Mathematics (Fall 2006)

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