Bio - Joseph McDonald


1951 Born Waterloo, Iowa
1975 Received Humanities Graduate Fellowship
1976 Master’s Degree in Humanities from Arizona
1977 Curatorial Assistant, Portland Art Museum
1983 Master’s Degree in Art (Photography), San Francisco State
1985 Started Joseph McDonald Photography – a commercial studio
specializing in the photography of fine art, antiques and objets’ d’art
1986 Met Frederick Sommer who bought some of my work and was very
encouraging. Visited him in subsequent years at his home in Prescott, AZ.
1988 Appointed museum photographer for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
1990 Worked with Don Farnsworth and Joseph Goldyne at Magnolia Editions
1993 Started working with Mac Holbert at Nash Editions
1995 Started teaching photography/art at Santa Rosa Junior College
2005 Established Studio B/Joseph McDonald Photography, a commercial studio/fine
printing/gallery space in the Burdell building in Petaluma, CA
2009 Formed Digital Grange with partner Bill Kane and associate John Annesley.


1993 Gold winner - Discovery Award, Art of California

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Mahoney Library Gallery, Santa Rosa Junior College
1992 Joseph McDonald Photographs, Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, California
1988 Simon James Gallery, Berkeley, California
1985 Emerging Artist - Joseph McDonald, Thackrey Robertson Gallery, San Francisco
1984 Joseph McDonald, Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

Group Exhibitions

2005 Faculty Exhibition, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
2003 Group Exhibition, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
2000 Faculty Exhibition, Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1998 Sonoma Artists, Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
1996 Nash's Greatest Hits, Various venues - traveling exhibition, International
1988 Ironworks, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
1984 California Photographers, Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Stanford Art Museum, Stanford, California Bank of America, San Francisco, California Pacific Bell, San Ramon, California McKinsey & Company, San Francisco, California


Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing by Garrett White
Nash Edition's Greatest Hits CDRom. George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, 1997
Zyzzyva, the last word: west coast writers and artists. San Francisco, CA, 1986
At Mono Lake. Stephen Johnson. Friends of the Earth, San Francisco, CA, 1983


1973 - 1975 Arizona State University, Masters Degree in Humanities
1981 - 1983 San Francisco State University, Masters Degree in Art (Photography)
Studied with Jack Welpott and Don Worth