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Deborah Tharp

Associate Professor of Art, Photography
ARTS 309
(907) 786-1983


  • M.F.A., Photography, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • M.A., Photography, California State University at Fullerton
  • B.F.A., Herron School of Art of Indiana University


Deborah Tharp is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Photography Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She received a BFA degree in Photography and Visual Communications from the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, a MA degree in Photography from California State University at Fullerton, and a MFA degree in Photography from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Tharp taught for five years in the Department of Art at Louisiana Tech University before moving to Alaska in 1994. She has received several University Development grants and Alaska State Arts Council grants. Her work is published in the textbook "Exploring Color Photography" by Robert Hirsch and she has exhibited her photographic artwork in numerous solo-, group- and juried exhibitions regionally and nationally.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Beginning Photography
  • Intermediate Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Color Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • Experimental Photography
  • Foundations, 2D Design
  • Foundations, Color Design

Professional & Department Service

  • Coordinator, Photography
  • Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, Photography
  • UAA Camera Club Advisor
  • Student Resources Committee
  • Course and Curriculum Committee
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Committee
  • Prioritization Committee



2018     Erudite Antics: UAA Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK
              World Wide Pinhole Day, International Online Website Exhibition  
2017     World Wide Pinhole Day, International Online Website Exhibition  
              4th Open Call, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI
              Alaska Positive, Alaska State Museum and Statewide Traveling Exhibition, Juneau, AK
2016     iPhonography Now, Online Exhibition, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA
             Tenth Biennial Faculty Exhibition, University of Alaska Anchorage, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK
              Alaska Photographic Center Members Exhibition, Carr-Gottstein Gallery, Alaska Pacific University, AK
              Allegany National Photography Exhibition, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD
2015     Divine Inspiration, ARC Gallery, UAA Consortium Library, Anchorage, AK
              Hugh McPeck Memorial Exhibition, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK
2014     Alaska Photographic Center Members Exhibition, Carr-Gottstein Gallery, Anchorage, AK
              Eye of the Beholder 7: One Image, Many Perspectives, UAA Archives & Special Collections, Anchorage, AK
              Ninth Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Kimura Gallery, Anchorage, AK 


  • Multiple Faculty Development Grants (2001-2018), University of Alaska Anchorage, AK
  • Alaska Positive 2016, Recognition Award, Juror: Larry McNeil, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, AK
  • Excellence in Fine Art Photography in Alaska Award, Alaska Photographic Center, AK
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