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Originally from New York City, Deborah Orloff moved to Ohio to accept a teaching position at the University of Toledo. She is currently a tenured Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art where she is also Head of Photography & Digital Media. She received her MFA in Photography from Syracuse University and her BFA from Clark University. Although her primary medium is photography, she has also worked in video and installation. Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues which include: the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Toyohashi Museum of Art & History in Toyohashi, Japan, The Museum of Fine Arts in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Orloff's ongoing series, Elusive Memory, was selected for inclusion in the Museum of Contemporary Photography's Midwest Photographers Project and featured in Lenscratch in 2023. Deborah Orloff has been the recipient of dozens of grants and awards including corporate sponsorship by Hahnemühle Paper, the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award, and the University of Toledo’s 2021 and 2022 President’s Award for Excellence in Creative and Scholarly Activity.

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