Marydorsey Wanless is an visual artist and educator living in Topeka, Kansas. She is an Associate Professor Emerita of Photography at Washburn University Art Department, where she has taught sixteen years. She is currently retired and teaching workshops in photography.
Her art work is photo-based, using historical photographic alternative processes. It incorporates personal experiences combined with the photographic processes. She has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally; and has received many awards, including the grand prize in the SoHo Gallery’s alternative photography show, The Krappy Kamera Exhibit 2009. She has exhibited in over 150 juried shows, in 32 invited group shows, and has had 25 solo shows of her photography.
Her work has been published in SilverShotz 2009, Art Buzz 2010, Plates to Pixels Magazine, Visual Overture Magazine, Lightleaks, Shots, TheHand, Topeka Magazine, and Feminist Media Studies. Her images are included in many text books including the 3rd edition of Christopher James's Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, Christina Z. Anderson's Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes, Jill Enfield's Guide to Alternative Photographic Processes, Michelle Bates's Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, and Malin Faabri's Anthotypes: Explore the Darkroom in your Garden and Make Photographs Using Plants.
She is a member of Society of Photographic Educators, Women in Photography International, and the F295 Group of Alternative Photography.
BS Art Education, University of Missouri Columbia, 1971
MA Interior Design, University of Missouri Columbia, 1973
MFA Photography, Kansas State University, Manhattan, 2009