Denise Allen

Profile

As an educator, photographer and an advocate for African-American children, I have spent a great part of my life working with children. My passion for photography started at a young age, it has evolved into a career and my voice in our society. As the focus of my education career has changed due to paradigm shifts in our society, it is only natural for me to use my camera as a tool for social change.

Experience

-Art Teacher, Cheltenham School District, Elkins Park, PA                                                            1990 - present

Design and Implement an art history based curriculum that incorporates various art mediums and follows the Pennsylvania Standards.  Collaborate with other art teachers in the district to develop a strong multicultural curriculum. 

-Photographer, Self Employed, Jenkintown, PA                                                          1985 - present

Specializes in Portraits, Studio and Location Lighting, Weddings and Events.

 

Education

-Hampton University, Hampton, VA                                                                                                  1980 - 1982

Fine Arts Candidate                                                                                                                                           

 -Columbia College, Chicago,IL                                                                                                          1983 - 1985

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

-Penn State University, State College, PA                                                                                           1988 - 1990                                  

Masters Of Education

 

Exhibitions

2016

“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”          April4-10

Germantown Life Enrichment Center, Philadelphia, PA

“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”          March

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Media, PA

“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”            February

Starbucks Black Panther Network, Philadelphia, PA

“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”            January 3,

Strat Haven High School, Wallingford, PA

“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”            January

Swarthmore Borough Hall Library -Swarthmore, PA

-2015

“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”                 December

Cheyney University , Cheyney PA

-“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons

Mt. Airy Art Garage – Philadelphia, PA                                                                                     April - May     

-“My Son Matters! Portraits of Single African-American Mothers and their Sons”

Black Male Symposium – Arcadia University- Philadelphia, PA                                                March

-“One Crazy Summer ” – Mt. Airy Art Garage, Philadelphia, PA                                              February

2014

-One Crazy Summer, Tree House Book,

Philadelphia, PA                                                                            August

-"Putting the Words back in Our Mouth"s a photo literary collaboration documented the impact of literacy programing by a small non profit in North Philadelphia

-2013

”By The Content Of My Character - Portraits of Young African-American Men”,  

Bethlehem Baptist Church                                                                                                         February - March

-”By The Content Of My Character - Portraits of Young African-American Men”

100 Black Men Awards Banquet                                                                                           January - February

-”By The Content Of My Character - Portraits of Young African-American Men”, 

Mug ShotCoffee House - Girard Ave Location                                                                     January

2012

-”By The Content Of My Character - Portraits of Young African-American Men”

Mug Shot Coffee house - Fairmount Location                                                                        February                                                                  

-”By The Content Of My Character - Portraits of Young African-American Men”,

Gallerie Hamid                                                                                                                      August - September

  

Recognition and Awards

Art and Social Change Grant 2015, Leeway Foundation

 PUBLICATIONS

  1. -Johnson. Tara Lynn – “Portraits of African-American mothers and sons declare ‘My Son Matters!’, Broad Street Review 4/14/2015

http://broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/portraits-of-african-american-mothers-and-sons-declare-my-son-matters

   2. Bailey,Samaria – ‘Post Fergusion art features mother-son relationship, Philadelphia Tribune 4/19/15

http://m.phillytrib.com/metros/post-ferguson-art-features-mother-son-relationship/article_d9713698-8463-5e8a-9700-750d4ddba1ab.html?mode=jqm

   3. Johnson, Tara Lynn-“Mother-son photography exhibit show views ”My Son Matters’, Digital First Media, 4/10/15  

http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2015/04/10/mother-son-photography-exhibit-shows-viewers-my-son-matters/

    4. Van Auken, Tracie – ‘My Son Matters’ exhibition confronts stereotypes facing young black men, Newsworks, 4/21/17

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/nw-philadelphia/80993-my-son-matters-exhibit-confronts-stereotypes-facing-young-black-men

5.   Ballin, Soniyah- "In Denise Allen's photographs of sons and mothers, the hope of black lives", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2015

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/20150521_In_Denise_Allen_s_photographs_of_son_and_mothers__the_hope_of_black_lives.html

 6. Slodki, Linda - "Talkback: My Son Matters!", Independent Voice, May 13, 2013