Kennedy Family Fellowship, Artist in Residence, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Fulbright Award to Italy, Institute of International Education (Visual Arts, Photography)

Graduating with Excellence Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Nordstrom Recognition Award and Grant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The Marsh Scholarship in Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 Kiki Smith Full Scholarship to Attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

 Barbara J Gohn Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

I use photography because it is the medium that best depicts my vision of life, art and time. Although the final product is bound to a photograph or film, the work includes elements of installation, documentary and performance. A camera is used to record one moment in time that balances between memories, critical consciousness, and constructed commentaries, yet is a documentation of real events.

My artistic process starts with a staged scene in my studio or a site-specific location with whatever materials or found objects I need to complete the idea. In all my photo or video-installations, I strive to achieve an underlying seriousness to subjects of family dynamics-- specifically my relationship with my four sons, identity, religion, and social class through absurdities and satire. I include my family as the immediate subjects in the performance, since the staged events are filled with metaphorical reverberations of lived history and experience. My children’s central role in the work serves as an identifiable entry point for the audience.

Whether I choose to build a constructed scene or find an existing space, each scene that I create is a unique frame within a larger story. The positioning of the figures and objects, as well as the lighting, change until the scene is visually and conceptually how I want the work to be perceived by the viewer. My work often displays a sharp contrast in order to produce a sensation that makes the viewer both familiar and uneasy.

When asked about the irregularity of the margins in my work, I explain that there is a relationship between the apparent contempt for the materials and the reverence for the subjects of the imagery.  I have always said that the subject is the most important part of my work. I understand that for people from photography backgrounds the technique of my work is very distracting to the content. My work is all about metaphor. The rough edges, irregular margins, erratic fixer stains, and haphazard tonal range are suggestive of the working-class way of life that my grandfather experienced when he came to America as an Italian immigrant.  This set of values was passed down to my father and then to me in all of its eccentricities.

Technically, I could print what photographers would consider to be a perfect picture, but I would consider that to be imperfect. The seeming imperfections that you see on the physical print are similar to ways that I use the materials within the photograph.  The props or devices I include in the images are made of paper, wood, tape and clay---simply because they are all mediums that are all disposable or re-usable.  I have decided that it is more important for me to be myself and approach techniques and materials the way I do rather than jeopardize the integrity of my art by conforming to existing standards.

Tim Roda

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

New York University, New York, NY

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY

Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA      

University of Washington, Rome Center

Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

D.U.M.B.O. Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

Museum of Contemporary Photography – Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Edmonds Community College – Seattle, WA

Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery – Las Vegas, NV

City University of New York, Staten Island, NY

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Hartford University, Hartford, CT             

Holter Museum, Helena, MT

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

University of Montana, Missoula, MT


Permanent Collections

Centro Cultural Andratx – Mallorca, Spain

Chashama – Studio Space, New York City, Harlem

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (Tribeca), New York, NY

Villa Della Cupa – Free Studio Space, Umbria, Italy

Archie Bray Foundation Artist Residency, Helena, MT

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Bangor Maine

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Selected Group Exhibitions

Hidden Father, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY

An Overview of Work Kimura Gallery, University of Anchorage, AL

Family Construction, Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

The Butcher’s Block, Nasim Weiler Contemporary, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany

An Overview of Works by Tim Roda, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Cooperations, Ferenbalm-gurbrustation, Karlsruhe, Germany

Games of Antiquities Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

Famiglia Lavenderia / Family Laundry Angell Gallery, Toronto Canada

Family Album Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

Family Matters Daniel Cooney FIne Art, New York, NY

Make Believe Galerie Michael Janssen, BerlIn, Germany

New Works Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

Fragments Art Agents Gallery, Art Forum Berlin Fair, Berlin, Germany

Living Large Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Family Album Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Fragments Art Agents Gallery, Next Fair, Chicago, IL

Photographs Ferenbalm-gurbrustation, Karlsruhe, Germany

Photographs Gasser & Grunert, New York, NY

Limited Edition Chashama Artist & Residence Program, Harlem, NY

Family Matters Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

Family Album Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Fragments Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Family Matters Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

New Works Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Collaborations Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Photographs Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

Photographs Gasser & Grunert, New York, NY

Photographs Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA

Exit Show Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Documentational Studies Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

Family Album Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA



Postcards From The Edge - A Benefit For Visual Aids, Metro Pictures, NY, NY

Black I White + Friends, Galerie Burster, Berlin, Germany

Contact Angell Gallery Toronto, Canada

2nd Annual Fall Fete Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Uncanny Congruences, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA

Locating Obscurity, Photography Now, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Polish Biennale 2012 Poznan, Poland

Artist As Performer Houston Center For Photography, Houston, TX

Pulp Fiction$ Works On and From Paper Galerie Fgs, Karlsruhe, Germany

Borderline Pleasure Curated by Ferenbalm-gurbrustation Michael Janssen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Wild Signals, Artistic Positions Between Symptom and Analysis Württembergischer, KunstvereIn, Stuttgar, Germany

Leinzell  Open 2008 Silvia und Helmut Wickleder Stiftung Schloss Leinzell, Leinzell, Germany

Video Kitchen Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

Photography Biennial Nine to Watch Whatcom Museum of Art, Seattle, WA

Foto.kunst Vorläufiger Arbeitstitel Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria Coercive Atmospherics D.U.M.B.O. Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

Made in Seattle Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Deconstruction and Reconstruction: The Family Experience Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Fourth Photography Image Biennial Exhibition Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Perchance to Dream Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Artist Lectures

Artist Statement

Bard College Museum, Hessel Foundation, New York, NY

The Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Essl collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Gaia Collection, Busca, Italy

Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Whatcom Art Museum, Bellingham, WA

Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, Spain


Molloy College - Rockville Centre, NY

Photo I (studio)

3D Foundations

Hofstra University - Continuing Education - Hempstead, NY                        
Advanced Creations in Clay
Beginning Cermaics

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design - Lancaster, PA - Adjunct Professor and Shop Technician
BFA Senior Thesis I: Professional Practice
BFA Senior Thesis II: Professional Practice
Digital Media: Image
Digital Mixed Media: Time, Motion, Sequence (Video)
Sculpture: Observation and Interpretation
3D Foundations
2D Foundations
Drawing II
Monoprint, Monotype & Collagraph

Millersville University - Millersville, PA - Adjunct Professor 
Beginning Ceramics, Handbuilding
Beginning Ceramics, Throwing

University of South Florida – Tampa, FL - Visiting Assistant Professor
The Scenic Record: Sculptural Imaging – Spring 2012

Hofstra University - Hempstead, NY - Sabbatical Replacement                            
Intermediate Ceramics, Handbuilding
Intermediate Ceramics, Throwing
Beginning Ceramics

Purchase College, SUNY - Purchase, NY - Sabbatical Replacement
Ceramic Sculpture

New York University - New York, NY - Sabbatical Replacement
Beginning Ceramics

Brooklyn Arts Council - Brooklyn, NY - Arts in Education Program Teaching Artist
Introduction to Photography

University of Washington - Seattle, WA -Adjunct Professor/TA                               
Media, Time & Technology

Three Dimensional Design
Photography, Installation in Public Places (TA) - Fall 2003
Issues and Influences (TA)

Carroll College - Helena, MT - Adjunct Professor
Introduction to Photography

Archie Bray Foundation - Helena, MT - Instructor
Advanced Ceramics Community Class

Selected Awards