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Work History

Jan 2000Present

Professor and Program Chair of Advertising Photography

Rochester Institute of Technology

Teach all levels of photography and digital imaging in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences within the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, as well as interdisciplinary courses with computer science. 

Jan 1985Jan 2000

Commercial Photographer

Susan Lakin Photography

Freelance in Los Angeles and Australia.

Clients include: Sebastian, Adidas, Avon, Jurgensens International, Souther California Edison, Shape Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, LA Times Magazine, California Business Magazine, Syncor, Bum Equipment, World Vision, Nordstrom, OCA Architects.........

Jun 1989May 1995


Hotop Photo Inc

Owned and operated a retail photographic supply store located in Burbank, CA. As an Eastman Kodak Professional Stockhouse our clients included NBC Productions, Warner Bros Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Burbank Unified School District, Burbank Airport, City of Burbank, Farmers Insurance Co, Isgo Lepejian Photo Lab, The Lab Ciba, Gosch Productions, many Professional Photography Studios, as well as the neighbor around the corner........


A Professor in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Susan Lakin works across disciplines in her art and academic practices. Attracted to RIT’s strong photography and computer science programs, Susan accepted her current teaching position where she is now the Program Chair in Advertising Photography.  In the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, she is developing interdisciplinary courses between the arts and computer science.

While working as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, Susan supervised a team of employees at the digital effects company, Cinesite, as part of an in-house program to inspire creativity.  This unique experience fueled her interest in groundbreaking computer technology and she enrolled in graduate school to study digital arts, completing an MFA in Art Studio at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a research assistant she worked on a multidisciplinary project involving multi-user online public spaces, coordinated and copy edited an international CD-ROM book project, and studied the integration of advanced computer technology on photography, exploring how the computer is redefining notions of identity, relationships, and sexuality.  

Susan's photography continues to explores our technological culture and examines our connection to electronic screens from televisions, computers, to hand held devices, examining how these displays frame and reflect upon our lives.   More recently she is engaged with augmented reality and collaborates on projects in the museum setting, for publication, and educational tours.  Her current collaborative work blends visual art, interactive technology, and music with audience participation using mobile devices and the web to enhance the concert experience and is being performed nationally.  

Interdisciplinary Projects

01X: Digital Intersection of Music, Art, and Audience 

The 01X Project is an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration that utilizes digital technology to reinvent the live concert experience, breaking down traditional barriers to create an interactive visual and musical encounter.

01X Leadership Team:

Joe Geigel: Technical lead and Designer

Susan Lakin: Producer, Art Director, and Photographer

Katie Verrant: Design Lead and Designer

The Nostalgia Project

The Nostalgia Project is in a collaborative work between musicians, artists, computer scientists, and the general public. It draws upon web-based photo sharing, text messaging, and musical performance to explore the notion of nostalgia, merging the visual image with music both responding to and affecting the other. To learn more and participate in the project please go to this link for the project website.

Peter Ferry - solo percussionist

Matt Evans - composer

Susan Lakin - producer

Joe Geigel - technical manager

Mitchell DeMarco - technical leader

Anna Clem - videographer

Kimberly Sing and Yuqiong Wang - web designers

Karteek Mekala and Sergio Vargas - web programmers

David Bright Jr. and Jonathan Johnson - audio analysis programmers

Nostalgia Project Performances by Peter Ferry


        Hackathon Opening Talk and Performance, Cleveland OH, September 6


          Spectrum, NYC, September 6

          Intetain, Int'l Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, Chicago IL, July 9

          NYC Debut at the Firehouse Space, March 29

          SPE National Conference, Baltimore MD, March 8


          TEDx Performance, October 17

          Art Awake, April 20

          Artisan Works, April 14

          Sound ExChange Orchestra Presents: All Eye and Ears, February 23


          Fringe Festival, Sept 20 & 22

          Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, May 5

          Rochester Contemporary Art Center, April 26

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo/Duo Exhibitions


Gallery 44, Monitors, Toronto, Canada


Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Site Specific @ The Sibley Building, Rochester, NY

Robert V Fullerton Art Museum, Harriett Mueller Gallery, San Bernardino, CA


Santa Barbara Art Fund, Sustaining Loss, Santa Barbara, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions


Shandong University  of Art and Design, China


William Harris Gallery, SPAS Faculty Exhibition


Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Behind the Wheel, Santa Barbara, CA

The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, One Minute to Heaven, UC Santa Barbara, CA


XL Projects Gallery, Stone Canoe Number 5, Syracuse, New York


Koffler Center of the Arts, how good are your dwelling places, guest curator Cyril Reade Ph.D,

   Toronto, Canada


Lishui International Photo Festival, Lishui, China

Channing Peake Gallery, Reflections and Projections, curated by Anette Kubitza Ph.D,

     Santa Barbara, CA

Working With Artists Gallery, Home is Where the Heart Is, Denver, CO


Houston Center of Photography, Juror: Alison Nordstrom, Houston, TX

Memorial Art Gallery,  2008 Rochester Biennial, Rochester, NY

The Print Center, Juror: Joel M Smith, Philadelphia, PA

Peninsula Museum of Art, Waking Dreams, Belmont, CA

Silvermine Guild Art Center, Juror: Peter MacGill, New Canaan, CT


Pingyao International Photography Festival, SPAS Exhibition, Pingyao, China

Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Artemi, Buffalo, NY

Soho Photo, National Photography Competition, New York, NY

Kingston Gallery, New Art '07, Boston, MAPhotographic Resource Center, Juror: Jen Bekman,

   Boston, MA  

Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Art of the Northeast USA, New Canaan, CT


Fotografie Forum International, Winter Wondderland: Fantasy and Illusion, Frankfurt, Germany


Rochester Contemporary, Appendix, Rochester, NY


SPAS Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Rochester, NY


Gallery @ 49, New York, NY


Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Grin and Bare It, Santa Barbara, CA


University Art Museum, Site Work 1: Construction Site, Santa Barbara, CA


Atkinson Gallery, Small Images 12, Santa Barbara, CA

Benham Gallery, A.K.A Photography, Seattle, WA


The Art Gallery, LA Photography, Santa Barbara, CA


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Oakland Museum of California

Photography Museum of Lishui China

Griffin Museum of Photography

Selected Lectures


The Memorial Art Gallery Project, TCC 2013 Worldwide Online Conference, Hawaii

Please take this moment to turn ON all cell phones, SPE National Conference, Baltimore, MD


Exploring the Intersection Between Art, Music, and Technology, SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference, Anaheim, CA

The Collaborative Composite Image, the MAG Project, SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference, Anaheim, CA


Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada


George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY


Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

WXXI – Public Broadcasting Council, Radio interview: Interviewed by Brenda Tremblay



Provost's Learning Innovation Grant: Exploration Grant

  • Content Marketing and Gaming (Collaborator: Tona Henderson - Director, School of Interactive Games and Media)


The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation,  Cultural Creative Collision Grant


Finalist SPE Conference Award for Excellence in Historical, Critical and Theoretical Writing


Provost's Learning Innovations Grant: Proof of Concept Program Award

  • Photography and Computer-Based Imagery: A Multidisciplinary approach to Realistic Image Creation and Control (Collaborator: David Halbstein - 3D Digital Graphics)

Provost's Learning Innovation Grant: Adaptation & Implementation Program Award

  • Exploring the Intersection of Art, Music, and Technology (Collaborator: Joe Geigel - Computer Science)


Center, Singular Image Curator's Choice, Santa Fe, NM

Cepa Gallery, Exhibition Award, Buffalo, NY


New York Foundation of the Arts, Strategic Opportunity Stipends & MARK program, NYC, NY

Print Center Council, Award of Excellence, Philadelphia, PA


Memorial Art Gallery, Arena Group Award, Rochester, NY


Center, Santa Fe Prize in Photography Nomination, Santa Fe, NM

Rochester Contemporary, Sibley Window Exhibition Award, Rochester, NY


Rochester Insitute of Technology, FEAD Grant, Rochester, NY


Rochester Institute of Technology, FEAD Grant, Rochester, NY


University of CA, Irvine, Intercampus Arts Fund, Irvine, CA


University of California, Santa Barbara, Departmental Fee Award, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Art Fund, Santa Barbara, CA

Selected Publications



Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, The Nostalgia Project


Jack Clapp , “Jake Reviews Sound Exchange,” Rochester City Newspaper, September 21, 2014.

City Newspaper Arts and Entertainment Staff, "Best of the Fest: 01X Project," Geva Theatre Nextstage, Sept 19/20, 2014.



James Battaglia , “Art Comes Alive Through Augmented Reality,” Henrietta Post, March 21, 2013, A1,A10.

Jim Memmott, “A Century of Progress,” Democrat and Chronicle, March 24, 2013, 1A,19A.

“News, Materials: Metaproject 03,” Curve: The Industrial Design Magazine, May 30, 2013, Kate Jones.

“Metaproject 03,” Domus, June 5, 2013.

Jeff Spevak, “Geva, Garth Fagan Dance among groups earning Farash Grants,” Democrat and Chronicle

Nate Dougherty, “Farash Foundation Awards Grants to Arts Organizations,” Rochester Business Journal, November 27, 2013.            



Stone Canoe Number 5, A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary


Exhibition Reviews

ESSE Magazine, Monitors by Gabrielle Moser

Toronto Star, Monitors by Peter Goddard

Akimblog, Monitors by Terence Dick



In The Loupe: Photographic Resource Center at Boston University



Handbook of Social Science Research Ethics, Visual Representation of People and Information: Translating Lives Into Numbers, Words, and Images as Research Data

The Print Center Catalog: Forward by Joel Smith, Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum

Exhibition Reviews

Democrat and Chronicle, Fascinating Worlds by Stuart Low

Rochester City Newspaper, ART REVIEW: “3rd Rochester Biennial” Expressive invitation by Rebecca RaffertyDaily Messenger, A different kind of ‘Television Series’ by L. David Wheeler

The Oakland Tribune, International digital artists featured in Belmont by Bonny Zanardi



Magenta Magazine, Television Portrait feature with text by Brian Clamp of ClampArt in NYCThe Photo Review 2007, Work from the Television Portrait series

In The Loupe, Exposure: The Annual PRC Juried Exhibition

Spectra ’07 National Photography Triennial

Catalog: Forward by Peter MacGill, Pres Pace/MacGill Gallery NYC

Pingyao International Photography Festival,Catalog:  SPAS Exhibition, Pingyao, China

Exhibition Reviews

The Boston Phoenix, "New Art ‘07’ at Kingston Gallery" by Greg CookRochester

City Newspaper, ART: “2007 Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition” at MAG by Luke Strosnider

Democrat and Chronicle, "Time-space discontinuum in MAG exhibit" by Stuart Low

The Boston Phoenix, "PRC anniversary show" by Nina MacLaughlin

The New York Times, "Art of the Northeast USA, Ready for This Close-Up?"  by Benjamin Genocchio

Almanac Weekly, "Around the world in 68 images" by Carrie Schapker