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Susan Bryant
Clarksville, Tennessee

Austin Peay State University, Full Professor


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I'm drawn to subjects that lend themselves to metaphor and memory. In this group of photographs, Presence and Absence, I am looking for ways of directly representing the essential nature of objects that are meaningful to me.

This work employs the 19th century wet-plate collodion process. Rattan Cases is a one-of-a-kind, 4" x 5" ferrotype (tintype).

One of the many reasons I am drawn to this technique is that it requires me to slow down, experiencing both the patience and stillness required by the extended exposure time as well as anticipation of the singular, mysterious images that result.


born: 1954, Terre Haute, Indiana


Indiana University, BA, 1976
Indiana State University, MFA, 1978

selected awards/honors

Summer Research Fellowship, Austin Peay State University, 2013
Summer Research Fellowship, Austin Peay State University, 2011
Kodak Scholarship Recipient for Photographic Educators, Sante Fe, 1992
Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, 1991

selected publications

Manifest Gallery, INPHA1, Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press, p.45 & 48, 2012
Manifest Gallery, Deus Ex Machina, Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press, 2012
A Smith Gallery, Alterations, Johnson City, TX: Exhibition catalogue, 2012
PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT: Exhibition catalogue, p. 9, 2011

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Cumberland Gallery: Recent Works, Nashville, TN, 2011
Halcyon Contemporary Gallery: Chiapas, Terre Haute, IN, 2009
Coleman Gallery of Contemporary Art: Chiapas, Albuquerque, NM, 2008
Cumberland Gallery: A Woman's World View, Nashville, TN, 2005

selected group shows

San Diego Art Institute: The Art of Photography Show, San Diego, CA, 2013
Manifest Gallery: Deus Ex Machina, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
The Center for Fine Art Photography: Human + Being, Fort Collins, CO, 2011
Tilt Gallery: Photography Re-Imaged, Phoenix, AZ, 2009



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