Jim Doran, artist

I’m a multidisciplinary artist from Baltimore, Maryland. I make tiny dioramas with paper, wood and ink drawings. I love to compose and record music. 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, The Order of the Good Death and even CSS-Tricks.

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


  • Small Stories and Other Stories [solo show], Hamilton Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • ZIP: 21214, ArtScape Gallery Network, Baltimore, MD
  • Repurposed on Purpose (2), Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD (continued)
  • …and Your Bird Can Sing, Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD


  • The Great Mystery Show, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (continued)
  • Maryland Psychic Fair, Bowie, MD
  • A Gorey Night: Artist Talk and Crosshatching Lessons, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
  • Two Worlds Touch, Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • Repurposed on Purpose (2), Fleckenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD








  • Lotta Art Exhibition, School33 Baltimore, MD


  • 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


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


  • 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

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