Susan McWhinney                               





             SUNY Buffalo, Media Studies             Buffalo, NY

             PhD Candidate, Expected Defense spring 2020                                                              

             California Institute of the Arts, School of Art and Design         Valencia, CA

             MFA, Fine Art                              1988 

             BFA, Fine Art                              1986 


Dissertation Subject

              Written Component: Theorizing Smartphone Media

              Media Component:    Smartphone based interactive documentary and live cinema       




             Rockland Community College, Art Department                                                                        Suffern, NY

             Adjunct Professor, Photography             2017 - Present

             Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Imaging Arts and Sciences              Rochester, NY

             Assistant Professor, Advertising Photography                                 2012–2017

             California Institute of the Arts             Valencia, CA

             Teaching Assistant, Video Editing Lab      1986–1988

             Teaching Assistant, Video Production and History of Video        1986–1988   


Grants & Scholarships

FEAD Grant, Rochester Institute of Technology for the project

After the Painter’s Light: Andrew Wyeth                                            2013

             Merit-Based Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA        1987–1988

             Merit-Based Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA        1986–1987

             Interschool Project Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA        1986


Conference Papers and Invited Talks

             “The Embodied Documentary”

             Verging: New Technologies/Practices/Aesthetics in Documentary

,            Toronto, Canada                        2016

             “Beneath the Selfie Surface: Undercurrents in the Data Lake”

             Kern Conference on Visual Communication, Rochester, NY          2016

             “Framing Through the Body: Smart Phones, Go Pros and the Embodied Frame”

             Open All Ports: 15th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology

             Ammerman Center, Connecticut College, CT                                                2016

             “Packing the Image: Cycles of Consumption and Identity in Advertising Photography,”

             Kern Conference on Visual Communication, Rochester, NY          2014

             “When Push Comes to Shove,” Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL 1992

             Visiting artist lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA             1989 


Essays in Books

“Petit Treason: Crimes Against the Matriarchy,”

Critical Condition: Women on the Edge, edited by Amy Scholder, City Lights Books, 1993.


Exhibitions (*denotes solo show)

             Faculty Exhibit, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, NY                                          2015

             The State of Photography, Art Center Gallery Rochester, NY                                              2015

             Art from the Heart, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY                                            2012

             Faculty Exhibit, SPAS Gallery, Rochester, NY                                           2012

             Off the Clock, TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles, CA                                        2011

             Off the Clock, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Boulder, CO                             2011

             Art from the Heart, Drive In Studios, New York, NY                           2010

             (Ain’t) Natural History, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL                     1993

             (Ain’t) Natural History, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA         1992   

             Memory, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ                                          1990   

             Constructions of the Feminine(Ideal)

             Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA*                                          1989   

             He Said/She Said, SPARC Gallery, Venice, CA*                                               1988 

Constructions of the Feminine (Ideal), BFA Thesis Exhibition,

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA*                              1986


Teaching Undergraduate Courses

             Scheduled Courses


                    PHAR 102-02    Photo Arts II

                    PHAP 328-01    Food Photography

                    PHAR 101-02    Photo Arts I

                    PHAP 403-01    Portfolio Development


                    PHAR 102-02    Photo Arts II

                    PHAP 403-01    Portfolio Development

                    PHFA 311-07    Contemporary Issues  

                    PHAR 101-02    Photo Arts I

                     PHAP 308-01    Location Photography


                    PHAP 302-02   Advertising and Design Photo

                    PHAP 303-02    Advertising Photography II

                    PHFA 311-09    Contemporary Issues

                    PHAP 328-01    Food Photography

                    PHAP 308-01    On Location Lighting Photography



2012 -2013

                    2067 301-01    Elements of Advertising

                    2067 458-01    Food Photography

                    2067 301-01    Elements of Advertising

                    2067 411-02    Advertising Photography I

                      2067 453-01   On Location Lighting Photography


             Independent Study Courses

                    PHAR 599-15    Independent Study

                    PHAR 599-12    Independent Study

                     PHAR 101-14    Independent Study

                    PHAR 599-24    Independent Study


University Service

                  Strategic Dimensions Committee


Department Service

                  Charles Arnold Lecture Series Committee

                  Honors Show Committee

                  Curriculum Committee

                  Recruitment Committee


Related Professional Experience

             Susan McWhinney Photography, NYC, NY                                         1997–2012

             Advertising, editorial, and stock photography.

Clients include Chicago Cutlery, Condé Nast, Hachette Filipacchi, Hearst, Kraft, Rodale Press, Seattle’s Best, Sunset Books, The Telegraph, Time Inc.

             Freelance Photo Editor, New York, NY        1996–1997

             Director of Art Buying and Photography, Scholastic, New York, NY             1992–1996

             Photo Editor, Various Advertising and Design Agencies, New York, NY             1989–1992

             Manager, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Book Store, LA, CA 1987–1989

             Staff position, Direct Cinema, West Hollywood, CA                  1985–1987

             Freelance work in film and theater production, Los Angeles, CA             1984–1988



Celebrating Home: Decorating for the Holidays and Seasons, by Patrick Regan, Watson-­‐Guptill, 2005


Contributing Photographer

Country Living Merry and Bright: 301 Festive Ideas for Celebrating Christmas, The Editors of Country Living, 2009

Staged to Sell (or Keep): Easy Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home, edited by Jean Nayar, Filipacchi Publishing, 2009

Store It!: Where to Put All the Things You Need to Keep, edited by Mervyn Kaufman, Filipacchi Publishing, 2009

Beautiful Windows: The Ultimate Window Treatment Design Book, edited by Jennifer Ladonne, Filipacchi Publishing, 2008


Magazine Cover and Cover Story Photographer

Woman’s Day, October 2009

Connecticut Cottage & Gardens, October 2008 Connecticut Cottage & Gardens, October 2007 Hamptons Cottage & Gardens, October 2007 Connecticut Cottage & Gardens, June 2007

Bridal Guide/Your Home, September–October 2006

Connecticut Cottage & Gardens, June 2006

Family Circle, May 2006

Bridal Guide/Your Home, September–October 2003

Bridal Guide/Your Home, September–October 2002

Victoria, December 2001

Bridal Guide/Your Home, September–October 2001

Victoria, September 2001

Home Companion, December 2000–January 2001

Victoria, February 2000


Professional Affiliations

                  Former co-chair, American Photographic Artists (APA) New York, NY

                  College Art Association

                  Society for Photographic Education