William Tolan
2404 Tower Drive
Austin, TX 78703
512/413-2674
wtolan (at) gmail (dot) com
Education
1991-1994
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Master of Fine Arts, Photography.
1985-1988
New York University, New York, New York. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography.
1981-1985
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Major in Chinese Studies.
Selected Exhibitions
2007
Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX. Generations of Caring, curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker.
2006
The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, NM. 2006 Biennial Southwest Exhibition.
2005
Houston Center for Photography, TX. Solo Show.
2004
Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, DC. Dog Days Dog Show.
2004
Houston Center for Photography, TX. HCP Fellowship Exhibition.
2004
Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition.
2003
The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC. Solo show.
2002
Queens University Art Museum, Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools exhibition.
2001
The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC. Auction Fundraiser.
1998
American Embassy, Moscow, Russia. Group Show
1995
Grand Central Terminal, New York, New York. The Magic of Play.
1994
SPACES, Cleveland, Ohio. Time Recorded: Reflections on Aging.
1994
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. FHB, MFA thesis exhibition.
1993
Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our Families.
1992
Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Solo show.
1991
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York. Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort.
1991
Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Solo show.
1990
Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, Missouri. Juried show.
1990
Midtown Y Photography Gallery, New York, New York. Two-Person show.
1990
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California. Juried show.
1989
Photozone Gallery,Eugene, Oregon. Juried show.
1988
Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Solo show, paired with children's drawings.
1987
92nd Street Y, New York, New York. Group show.
Permanent Collections
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York.
The Reader’s Digest Collection, Pleasantville, New York.
Fellowships, Grants and Conferences
2012
Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, San Francisco, California.
Lecturer, Family: Private Made Public. In line with the National Conference's theme, "Intimacy and Voyeurism: The Public/Private Divide in Photography," I discuss my photographs of my own family in the context of social networking versus a gallery setting, and why I hate Facebook.
2009
College Media Advisers, National College Media Convention, Austin, Texas.
Lecturer, Photo-Video/Twitter-ogrpahers. The landscape of photojournalism is changing; with photo blogs, video blogs and even the ability to tweet photos, photojournalists have to adapt. I discussed how to establish one's personal brand using microblogs, Twitter and sites such as YouTube.
2005
Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Portland, Oregon.
Coordinated and moderated a panel discussion with William Jenkins, Bill Kennedy, Scott Martin and Jeannie Pearce, entitled "The New Workflow: Educational Institutions Transitioning to Digital"; Portfolio Reviewer.
2004
Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, Texas.
Recipient of a 2004 TPS Photography Fellowship.
2004
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas.
Recipient of a 2004 HCP Photography Fellowship.
1995
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland.
Finalist, National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship.
1994
American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar, New York University.
Seminar of twenty graduate students from across the country providing an annual forum for the discussion of art and photography issues.
1990
Abbot Academy Association, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
$5,000 grant to incorporate photography into the Andover-Bread Loaf Writing Workshop, a program for "at-risk" students in public schools.
Selected Published Work
Discovering Archaeology, August 2000. "Archaeology Live! Fox TV Opens Tombs of the Golden Mummies as the World Watches," by Jackson Kuhl.
newyork.citysearch.com. Several local New York neighborhood stories including Hell’s Kitchenette, Going to the Dogs, and Harlem Nights.
Photography in the 1990's, CD-ROM, Wright State University, copyright 1996. Includes the work of Nicholas Nixon, Sally Mann, Pedro Meyer, Linda Connor, Sandy Skoglund, Lorie Novak and Catherine Wagner. Photographs and artist statement.
Aging. SPACES Gallery, Cleveland. September 1994. Catalogue for the exhibition Time Recorded: Reflections on Aging.
Professional Experience
Fall 2009-
Professor, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas.
present
Teaching Photo Digital Imaging I, an introduction to the computer as an electronic darkroom, color and grayscale images and image conversion and presentation, focusing on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; Photo Digital Imaging II, which emphasizes continued skill development in the use of the computer and software for photographic manipulation and output, focusing on Adobe Photoshop CS4; Color Photography I, which examines digital asset management, with an emphasis on computer use, color theory, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and creating digital output; Advanced Imaging Lab, emphasizing refined skill development in advanced color and black and white image production. Served on the hiring committee for the Chair of the General Studies Department..
Spr 2008-
Independent Computer/Digital Imaging Consultant, Austin, Texas.
present Private tutoring and consulting for individuals. Currently helping clients with needs for color management assistance, iPhoto and Apple training, self-publishing education and editing, as well as Digital Asset Management. Part of the Adobe Training Provider network.
2006-
Board Member, Society for Photographic Education.
2010
Serving on the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education, a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism. Currently serving as Chair of the Publications Committee as well as a member of the Ad Hoc Website Development Committee. Served on the Search Committee during its successful national search to hire a new Executive Director.
2005-
Board Member, Texas Photographic Society.
2010
Serving on the Board of Directors of the Texas Photographic Society, a nonprofit organization of amateur and professional photographers dedicated to supporting contemporary photography as a means for creative expression and cultural insight. TPS has over 1,300 active members from 48 states and 9 countries.
Fall 2008
Instructor, TPS PHOTOTexas Workshops, Austin, Texas.
"Lightroom 2.0," a half-day workshop exploring Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom™, how it works and how it fits into “the new digital workflow.”
Nov 2007-
Creative, Apple Inc, Apple Store/Barton Creek, Austin, Texas.
Feb 2008
Personal trainer in Apple's One-to-One program. Supported and trained customers in the Apple OS X Operating System, the iLife and iWork suite of programs, as well as Apple's pro photo application Aperture.
Fall 2004-
Adjunct Professor, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas.
Spr 2009
Courses taught: Photo Digital Imaging I, an introduction to the computer as an electronic darkroom, color and grayscale images and image conversion and presentation, focusing on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; Photo Digital Imaging II, which emphasizes continued skill development in the use of the computer and software for photographic manipulation and output, focusing on Adobe Photoshop CS3; Color Photography I and II, lab courses which examine color theory as it applies to photography, exploring color concepts and the intricacies of seeing and photographing in color, as well as continuing the study of black and white process and printing, with an emphasis on computer use, Photoshop and creating digital output; Advanced Imaging Lab, emphasizing refined skill development in advanced color and black and white image production; Darkroom Techniques ­ Laboratory, instruction in photographic processing and printing using a variety of specialized techniques, both color and black and white, with special emphasis on Adobe Photoshop, file management, and Camera RAW; Fundamentals of Photography, formerly (before the switch to digital) an introduction to film exposure and development, basic enlarging, composition, darkroom technique, flash usage, and use of exposure meters and filters for black and white, in the studio and in the field.
Fall 2005-
Adjunct Professor, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas.
Fall 2007
Courses taught: Digital Imaging I, an introduction to computer-based imaging and basic desktop publishing assembly using Adobe Photoshop in a Macintosh environment through a series of creative projects and critique emphasizing traditional fine art aesthetic and design principles applicable to visual communication in a broad range of disciplines; Photography I, an introductory course in basic photography and visual literacy with an emphasis on discovery and creativity. Students learn about film, light, basic camera operation, and are introduced to black/white processes; Digital Darkroom, an advanced portfolio course that concentrates on mastering the workflow necessary to produce fine art prints, color and black/white, using digital technology, emphasizing the use of desktop scanners, Photoshop and ink-jet printers; system calibration and color management skills are covered in-depth; students are expected to produce digital prints that will make a substantial addition to their graduation portfolios, with print aesthetics discussed extensively.
Spr 2006-
Lecturer, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
Spr 2007
Courses taught: Introduction to Digital Imaging, an introductory course covering the aesthetics of current digital imaging technology, including new digital cameras, scanning equipment, Macintosh computers, image-manipulation programs and printing devices; Advanced Digital Imaging, which explores advanced concepts and techniques in digital imaging including the production of large scale digital prints.
2006
Instructor, Austin Museum of Modern Art, Austin, Texas.
 
"Private Photographic Book Publishing," a two-day workshop exploring different avenues for publishing one's work, emphasizing MyPublisher, a PC book publishing application, as well as exploring various alternatives.
2006
Panelist, Fotofest, Houston, Texas.
 
"Publishing the Photographic Book," a one-day workshop surveying the field of photographic book publishing in the U.S. and abroad: who is publishing photography, how to reach them, what to expect in the way of contracts, editing and production oversights, how to help a publisher promote and sell your book, and whether to consider self-publishing. Panelists include editors from large and small publishing houses, a book packager, an agent and marketer, a career consultant, and a major photography bookseller. Moderated by Robert Morton with panelists Chris Boot, Gary Chassman, Bernd Fechner, Dewi Lewis, Leslie Martin, Alan Rapp, Mary Rixon Reed, Mary Virginia Swanson and myself.
2005
Guest Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
Gave a two-day workshop on self-publishing and instruction on iPhoto books in Teresa Hubbard’s digital photography class.
2005
Instructor, TPS Photosynthesis Workshops, Austin, Texas.
"iBooks and Beyond: Private Photographic Book Publishing," a half-day workshop exploring different avenues for publishing one's work, emphasizing Apple's iPhoto book publishing feature, as well as exploring alternatives for PC-users.
2004
Guest Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
Gave a lecture on the history of family photography as well as on my own work to Dennis Darling’s Introduction to Photographic Communications class.
2002-2003
Teacher, Myers Park High School, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Taught Photo 1 and Photo 2 classes to 10th, 11th and 12th Graders; maintained photo lab and computer network. Photo 1 is a basic introductory class that concentrates on 35mm camera usage, B&W film processing and printing; Photo 2 includes medium and large format, studio and digital work.
2001-2002
Assistant Director, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC.
Responsible for all aspects of development and marketing. Duties included: solicit corporate and private sponsorship; secure operating and project support; develop long range fund raising strategy; grant writing; establish and maintain gift acknowledgement program; implement and oversee membership database; write all press releases; coordinate and edit the quarterly publication, Framework; oversee the maintenance of The Light Factory web site; assist the Executive Director as needed and supervise staff in her absence.
2000-2001
Photo Editor, The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, New York, New York.
Researched and photographed for Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later, by Sandy Tolan, copyright 2000. Negotiated all photographic rights and usage.
1997-2001
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer, FOX News Online, New York, New York.
Researched and produced for both breaking news and long term projects, using wire services, stock and archival sources. Built extensive photo essays, including Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies: Live!, the FOX Television Special, on site in Egypt.
1995-1996
Associate Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
Taught History of Art Photography; Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Photography courses; advised graduate and undergraduate students.
1995
Teacher, Maine Photographic Workshop, Freeport, Maine.
Taught Color Photography in summer workshop for adults.
1994
Work Scholar, Aperture, New York, New York.
Developed potential photo book projects; performed general administrative and editorial duties.
1992-1994
Associate Curator/Gallery Manager, Northlight Gallery, Arizona State Univ, Tempe, AZ.
Assisted in administration, curation, fund-raising, publications, advertising, installation, and returns of photographic exhibitions. Curated the exhibition Family Matters, which included the works of Sally Mann, Vince Leo, Melissa Shook and Philip-Lorca di Corcia; co-edited and co-produced the catalogue with Mary Anne Redding; wrote essay, additional essay by Trudy Wilner Stack.
1993-1994
Teaching Assistant, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Taught two semesters of Beginning Photography and two semesters of Two-Dimensional Design.
1990-1992
Co-Director, Andover-Bread Loaf Writing Workshop Student Program, Andover, MA.
Managed administration and fund-raising, taught summer writing and photography workshop for "at-risk" fourth through eighth grade students from Lawrence, Massachusetts.
1990-1991
Teaching Fellow, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
Taught Beginning Photography and Visual Studies courses; head dorm counselor; soccer and track coach.
1988-1990
Lab Technician, Kolour Services, Portland, Oregon.
Technician in a professional photographic laboratory; handled black & white and C-41 processing, color negative and transparency printing, studio copy work and customer relations.
1989
Photography Teacher, Catlin Gable School, Portland, Oregon.
"Beyond the Snapshot: Arts in the Afternoon." Taught visual perception and camera skills to fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
1987
Assistant to the Director, Photography Center, 92nd Street Y, New York, New York.
Assisted in compiling, writing and editing the Center's brochure; organized and hung gallery exhibitions; assisted teaching classes.
1985
Counselor & Photographer, Camp Nor’Wester, Lopez Island, Washington.
& 1988
Worked as a counselor ('85) and photographer ('88) at co-ed summer camp, ages 10 to 17.
1985
Teacher, Chinatown After­School Program, PS124 , New York, New York.
Tutored first-sixth graders.
1984
English Teacher. Guangxi Teachers University, Guilin, People’s Republic of China.
Taught conversational English.
Technical Skills
Computer
Expertise in Photoshop and Lightroom (Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor); extensive knowledge of ICC color management, computer imaging,Web page development, HTML, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office Suite, Apple's iLife and iWork, and various other programs. Proficient in Macintosh (OS 9 and OS X), and Windows platforms.
Photography
Expertise in all camera formats, digital and film, especially medium format; expertise in color, black & white, and non-silver processes, specializing in color; expertise in large-scale printing; studio and digital work. Extensive knowledge of shooting and editing video, including BETA, VHS, Hi-8, and digital.