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Above: An installation of three photographs by Susan Close: McGill University, Montreal, 2008, Chromira print; Parisian Laundry, Monteal, 2008, Chromira print; Darling Foundry, Montreal, 2008, Chromira print; Each 18.5"h x 24.5"
Dr. Susan Close is an assistant professor in the Interior Design Department of the Faculty of Architecture and a senior fellow at St. John's College, both at the University of Manitoba. She teaches theory and photography in the graduate program. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. Her book, Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada (1880-1920) was published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing in 2007. This study was supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship.
Her teaching experience includes courses in studio, art history, theory and criticism at the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and the University of Saskatchewan. She has published articles and reviews on contemporary and historical photography in CV photo, Border Crossings, the Queens Quarterly, Archivaria and the Archivist. She has served as a juror for the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. She has lectured on her research at the National Gallery of Canada, Carleton University, University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba. She has recently given conference papers in Glasgow, Baton Rouge, Dublin and Dallas.
Her community involvement includes coordinating visual literacy programs using photography as a communication tool for Inter-city schools in Ottawa. She has also acted twice as a mentor for Mentoring Artists for Women Art (MAWA), a Winnipeg based arts organization. Dr. Close was invited to give the 5th Annual Wendy Wersch Memorial lecture for MAWA in 2005. As an independent curator, Dr. Close has curated exhibitions for the National Archives of Canada, the City of Ottawa and Gallery 101, Ottawa. Her own photographic work has been shown in Canada and Europe and features in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Carleton Region, The Photographers Gallery and the Mendel Art Gallery. She has received a number of grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and Saskatchewan Arts Board.