SUNY Buffalo, Media Studies                                                                                                Buffalo, NY

            PhD Candidate, Expected 2018                                                                                               

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

            MFA, Fine Art                                                                                                                                      1988   

            BFA, Fine Art                                                                                                                                       1986   



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

            Assistant Professor, Advertising Photography                                                                   2012–Present

            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

           Inter-school 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


                   PHAP 403-01    Portfolio Development

                   PHAP 102-02    Photo Arts II

                  PHAP 350-01    Topics in Advertising Photo (The Referential Image)

                  PHAR 101-02    Photo Arts I

                  PHAP 403-01    Portfolio Development



                  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

                 Moving Media Committee

                 First and Second Year 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, Los Angeles,            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