Jo Dagon received a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Arts and Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology located in upstate New York. She has lectured there as well as at other universities and organizations.
Having received numerous awards for traditional and experimental photographic images, Jo is represented in both public and private collections including The Anchorage Museum of History and Art, The University of Alaska Anchorage, The University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, The Rochester Institute of Technology, and The George Eastman house in Rochester New York. Her works have traveled world-wide from Europe to Brazil including a show at the Cork Gallery in Manhattan New York.
In 2004 she was awarded "Excellence in Fine Art Photography" from the Alaska Photographic Center, Anchorage Alaska.
Jo works with alternative processes such as cyanotype, Vandyke printing, hand coloring, toning, polaroid transfers, plus many other experimental processes including photo-sculpture. She currently uses color transparent overlays and collage with occasional drawings.
These mixed media works explore popular media and family within a historical context. They contain centuries of intertwined influences and values, layerings of her ancestry combined with today's familial and cultural to create synthesized memory traces. Many works have a jewel-like depth and sometimes are reminiscent of the mid 1800 Ambrotypes while others create the illusion of the Dageurrotype of the 1840's. Most are encased in pressed wood gold frames.