Dugan’s work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Their work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; the International Center of Photography; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among many others. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore and Every Breath We Drew (2015).
Dugan is recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an International Center of Photography Infinity Award and was selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. In 2015, they founded the Strange Fire Artist Collective to highlight work made by women, people of color and LGBTQ artists. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.
Born in Biloxi, Miss., Dugan earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2007; a master’s degree in museum studies from Harvard University in 2010; and a master’s in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2014.