Deanna, in front of one of her photographs from "Leaving and Waving" at Cortona on the Move, Cortona, Italy, 2021.
Résumé PDF here.
Deanna Dikeman was born in 1954 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA, and currently resides in Kansas City. She has photographed her midwestern family and surroundings since 1985, when she left a corporate job to try a photography class. She has M.S. and B.S. degrees from Purdue University. She received an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship in 1996, and the United States Artists Booth Fellowship in 2008. She is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow. Since 1988, Deanna has had 24 solo shows and has been included in over 160 group shows. Her photographs have been public art projects in Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Albany, New York. “A Photographer’s Parents Wave Farewell” was one of the top 25 stories of 2020 in The New Yorker. Her work has also been published in Buzzfeed News JPG, Country Living, D la Repubblica, DUMMY, GEO, GUP, Harpers Magazine, M Le magazine du Monde, TAZ Berlin, Der Tagesspiegel Sonntag, The New York Times T Magazine, Réponses Photo, Slate Behold, theo, De Volkskrant Observatorium, and VOSTOK, among others. Her book Leaving and Waving was published by Chose Commune in 2021, after being short-listed for the MACK 2020 First Book Award. The book received the 2021 Prix Nadar awarded by the Association Gens d’Images in France. The book also was a finalist for the 2021 Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award, and is now in its third printing. Photographs from Leaving and Waving have been exhibited at festivals, museums, and galleries in eleven countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

Fellowships and Grants
Prix Nadar 2021
ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Grant, 2011
United States Artists Booth Fellowship, 2008
Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, 2006
• Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, 1996

• Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards: First PhotoBook Shortlist, 2021 
• MACK First Book Award Shortlist, 2020
Nikon Photo Contest, Third Place, The Open Award: Photo Story, 2017​​​​​​​
• Art Omi International Artists Residency, 2011
• Forward Thinking Museum, JGS Photography Contest Runner-up, 3rd Quarter 2011

Museum Collections
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedelia, Missouri
• FENIX Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas

Corporate Collections
• American Century Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri
• Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
• Corporate Communications Group, Overland Park, Kansas
• CBIZ Corporation, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
• City of Kansas City, Missouri
• Fidelity Investments, St. Louis, Missouri
• Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts
• The Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Missouri
• The Landrum Company, Columbia, Missouri
• Shook, Hardy and Bacon LLP, Kansas City, Missouri
• Sprint Corporation, Overland Park, Kansas

Academic Collections
Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellows Collection, Princeton University
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona

Flat Files
Pierogi Flat Files, Brooklyn, New York
PechaKucha artist’s talk at United States Artists Assembly, March 2015