JIM DORAN

About

Jim Doran, artist

I’m a multidisciplinary artist from Baltimore, Maryland. I make tiny dioramas with paper, wood and ink drawings. I also publish several Web comics and I’m a stop-motion animator.

My work has been exhibited across the USA, in Europe and in the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. I am fortunate to have been featured on many websites, including This is Colossal, Beautiful Decay and The Order of the Good Death.

I earned my B.A. in music composition from Washington College, a certificate in computer programming and a graduate certificate in information technology from Johns Hopkins University. I’ve been teaching Web design and WordPress at the Community College of Baltimore County and MICA since 2006. I make my living as a Web developer/designer.

I started this website (at that time it was jimdoran.net) in 2001. Over the years, it’s evolved, expanded and contracted as a long experiment in Web publishing. In 2007, I began using WordPress as an Art blog, and I’m still using it presently.

Selected Exhibits & Such

2017

  • The Great Mystery Show, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
  • What May Be, Tectonic Space, Baltimore, MD
  • Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Repurposed on Purpose, Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2016

  • Jordan Faye Contemporary Uniting Diverse Artists | Benefit for The Midtown Academy, Baltimore, MD
  • DIORAMA-RAMA DEUX, Baltimore, MD
  • Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Shape, Line, Color: St. Paul School, Baltimore, MD
  • Life Soundtrack: Prince and Bowie, A visual response to musical loss. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington D.C.

2015

  • At Home Group Exhibition, The Park School, Baltimore MD
  • Diorama-rama, Baltimore, MD
  • LED Ekphrasis Exhibit, Baltimore, MD
  • Ebb & Flow, ArtScape Baltimore, MD
  • Points of Departure, New Mexico State University, NM
  • Death Salon, Mütter Museum, PA
  • Jordan Faye Contemporary Small Wonders Exhibition,  Baltimore, MD

2014

  • “Great Villians of Gotham” & “FROM SPAWN TO SAGA: Image Comics at 22,” One-Shot Gallery at St. Mark’s Comics, NYC Spring/Summer
  • Winter Group Art Exhibit, Jacksonville, MD
  • The Happening, NYC
  • Jordan Faye Contemporary Small Wonders & Spectaculars Baltimore, MD

2013

  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program
  • Sweet ‘Art, Area 405 Baltimore, MD
  • artMRKT, San Francisco, CA
  • From the Outside at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • THE HAPPENING, Skylight Gallery, New York City, August
  • Dia de Los Muertos, Milagro, Baltimore, MD
  • Sketchbook, School33, Baltimore, MD
  • Scope, Miami Beach, FL

2012

  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program (honorable mention) Baltimore, MD
  • Lotta Art, School33 Baltimore, MD
  • G40 Group Exhibition at ArtWino Richmond, VA
  • ArtScape RE:Purpose Exhibition Catonsville, MD
  • Heliumcowboy Presents: George Hearts Maria Hamburg, Germany
  • Memento Mori (solo show) School 33 Art Center Baltimore, Maryland
  • Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor, Truth. The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
  • Jordan Faye Contemporary Small Wonders & Spectaculars Baltimore, MD

2011

  • Lotta Art Exhibition, School33 Baltimore, MD

2010

  • ArtScape Here, There, Anywhere Baltimore, MD
  • ArtScape Comic Wall, Baltimore, MD
  • ArtScape Banner Exhibition, Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore, MD
  • Illustration Friday Pick of the Week (Layer)
  • Videopolis, Maryland Film Festival Metro Gallery Baltimore, MD

2009

  • PENNED Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • Illustration Friday “Pick of the Week” Shaky
  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program Baltimore, MD (first place)

2008

  • ArtScape Penned Exhibition Baltimore, MD
  • PENNED Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, NC
  • Artful Blogging Magazine
  • Johns Hopkins National Arts Program Baltimore, MD

Grants and Selected Commissions

  • Wrigley/Altoids Corporation – “Curiously Strong” Hall of Curiosity commission for charity auction, 2011
  • Maryland State Arts Council Artist Grant, Works on Paper, 2013