About my journey...

About my journey...


Photo by Philip Garcia.

Danea Males grew up in Kilgore, Texas and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2008. She is a fine art photographer exploring the American landscape, looking to connect with cultures and societies that define the American experience. Danea is a photography and art appreciation professor, and she also works at SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina. She recently moved to Clinton, South Carolina with her husband and pets. One of her recent achievements include her solo exhibition, Not My Home.





M.F.A. 2008 Studio Art/Photography Texas A&M University-Commerce

B.A. 2003 Photography Texas A&M University-Commerce

A.S. 2000 Photography Kilgore College

Professional Experience

2018 - 2019 Adjunct Professor, Lander University

Art Appreciation, Communications Photography

2018 - 2019 Adjunct Professor, Spartanburg Community College

Art Appreciation

2017 - 2019 Exhibitions and Social Media Assistant, SE Center for Photography

2011 - 2017 Adjunct Professor, Northeast Texas Community College

Digital Photography I, Introduction to Art Appreciation, Digital Photography II, Appreciation of the Humanities

2016 Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University – Commerce

Art Appreciation (Dual Credit for Melissa ISD)

2008 - 2010 Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce

History of Contemporary Photography, Survey of Photographic History, Critical Thinking, Visual Perception, Basic Photography I

Individual/Group Exhibition Record

2018 To Do, To Undergo, To Look, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina (co-curator)

2018 XI, Lander University Gallery, Greenwood, South Carolina

2017 Not My Home, Cabin Floor Records, Greenville, South Carolina

2016 Not My Home, Whatley Center for Performing Arts, Mount Pleasant, Texas

2013 Photography Alumni Exhibition, Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Gallery, Kilgore, Texas

2012 SPE Members’ Exhibition and Antiquarian Avant-Garde Photography: Works by the North Texas Alternative Process Group

Visual Arts Center Gallery, Starkville, Mississippi

2010 Observations of American Roadside Culture, TCC PHOTO Gallery, Longview, Texas

2010 Old Stomping Grounds and New Frontiers: A touching tale of how Pancho Villa taught me to swim.

Brick and Bombs, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Selected Juried Exhibition Record

2019 Main Exhibition for Slow Exposures Photography Festival, Strickland Building, Concord, Georgia. Jurors: Alyssa Coppelman and Gordon Stettinius.

2019 Home, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina. Jurors: Lisa Woodward and Mia Dalglish.

2018 Focus on Photography, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas. Juror: O. Rufus Lovett, Photographer.

2017 Landscape, Grand or Personal, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina. Juror: Eliot Dudik, Photographer.

2017 Open Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, Vermont. Juror: Karen Haas, Curator.

2016 Perspectives, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas. Juror: Scott Canterbury Campbell, Photographer.

2013 Musings: 18th Annual Photo Competition, Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington. Juror: John A. Bennette, Collector and Curator.


The Recollective Blog: Treece, Kansas 66778


April 15, 2013

Escape Into Life Art Blog: Artists to Watch.


September 9, 2011

Katherine Martinez, “Kilgore girl wins Juror’s Choice Award,” Kilgore News Herald, May 6, 2007

Professional or Academic Conferences

2012 Imagemaker, Treece, Kansas 66778. SPESC Regional Conference – Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: The Creative Risk, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi

Lecturer, Treece, Kansas 66778. Annual Winter Conference for Association of Texas Photography Instructors, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas

2007 – 2008 Lecturer, The World Through a Plastic Lens, The Visual Aesthetics of Holga Imagery, Annual Winter Conference for Association of Texas Photography Instructors, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, and University of Texas, Arlington, Texas

2003 – 2008 Volunteer, Summer Workshop Annual Summer Conference for Association of Texas Photography Instructors, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, Texas

Professional Organizations

2002 - Member, Association of Texas Photography Instructors

2004 - Member, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

2004 - Member, Society for Photographic Education

2017 - Member, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina

2017 - Member, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, Georgia

Former Positions

2002 – 2005 Lab Assistant, Part-time, Photography Department, Texas A&M University-Commerce

2004 – 2005 Gallery Coordinator, The Third Floor Photo Society, The Third Floor Gallery, Texas A&M University-Commerce

1999 – 2000 President, The Photographic Society, Kilgore College