About The Project

Landfill Dogs is a project with three overlapping components: fine art photographs, adoption promotions, and environmental advocacy.

Landfill Dogs was made possible by a year-long sabbatical granted by Meredith College's Environmental Sustainability Initiative, and by the dedicated staff and volunteers of the Wake County Animal Center.

Please see the Artist Statement for a description of the project.

Also see the Project FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.


About the Photographer

Mary Shannon Johnstone received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including "Pause, To Begin" artist, Critical Mass Top 50 (2009, 2010), and Honorable Mention in Lens Culture’s 2010 International Exposure Awards.

Her most recent project "Landfill Dogs" became a 2013 Critical Mass Finalist, received "Best in Show" at "Puppy Love" exhibition in GA, and is one of the 2014 Review Santa Fe 100.

"Landfill Dogs" has been featured in national and international exhibitions and magazines, and was on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer in December 2013, and CNN's website in November 2014.

Johnstone is a tenured Associate Professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

[Link to CV]

More of her work can be found at her website: ShannonJohnstone.com