Along with a background in broadcast journalism, Della has held affiliations with the National Press Photographers Association, Native Indian/Inuit Photographers Association, Native American Journalists Association, and the Sheboygan Visual Artists group.
As a Motion Picture Stills Photographer, she is credited in two films: The Rewakening and Disorders of the Instincts and Emotions.
A 1997 trip to Oaxaca, Mexico for The Day of The Dead observances resulted in a series of existing light B&W images exhibited at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Maude Kerns Art Center, (Eugene,OR), Gallery Lombardi (Austin, TX), Indianapolis Art Center, and Nicole Fiacco’s Modo Gallery (NY).
Various Reconstructed weave pieces have hung in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, theThelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Trout Museum of Art, the Plymouth Art Center, the UW–Superior Kruk Gallery, the Handwerker Museum, and the Chapman Art Center.
Artists in Cellophane supplied their Art-O-Mat machines with the Dear JoEllen, Letters from Camp project containing hand tinted photographs, drawings and text. The Letters were available at the Mead Public Library (Sheboygan) and have been sold in art institutions throughout the United States, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Christian Keesee Collection, the Crocker Art Museum, MOCO Cleveland, the Frost Art Museum.
In addition to teaching both curriculum and continuing education courses as a photography instructor at Cazenovia College, Della has guided students through film and darkroom processes as an artist-in-resident at the Sheboygan Area School District and mentored participants in the NAACP Act-Up Arts program and the Onondaga Historical Society’s Peace Camp – a children’s program designed to explore peaceful resolution through artistic expression. As a grant recipient Della contributed to artist and photography workshops sponsored by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage-East Central Regional Art Council (MN) and the Cultural Resources Council of Onondaga County (NY).