Susan Rankaitis

Professor of Art

Department: Art
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Susan Rankaitis

Academic History

  • BFA, Painting, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • MFA, Painting and Photography, College of Fine Arts, University of Southern California

Personal Interests

Professional interests: contemporary art, relationships between art and science, abstract photography, drawing and painting, Chinese landscape painting (Song Dynasty), contemporary neuroscience, The history of Southern California, 20th/21st century European History, Hollywood films made in and about Los Angeles Professional collaborative projects: "SPR Synthesis Project" with dancer/choreographer John Pennington and molecular biologist Dr. Robert Simsheimer, "The Problem of the Homunculus" with neuroscientist Dr. David Somers, "Day without Art for Aids" with the late writer Paul Monette and ""Muses" with poet Amy M. Lam Wei Man

Selected Research and Publications

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Robert Mann Gallery (New York)
  • Europos Parkas, The Outdoor Museum of Central Europe (outdoor installation, Vilnius, Lithuania)
  • Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
  • The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago)
  • Ruth Bloom Gallery (Santa Monica, California)
  • The Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, Arizona )
  • Schneider Museum of Art (Oregon)
  • MIN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Expo 90 Gallery, Osaka, Japan
  • Meyers/Bloom Gallery (Santa Monica)
  • Light Gallery (New York) and Light Gallery, (Los Angeles)
  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House ( Rochester, NY)

Awards and Honors

  • 2005 Europos Parkas Artist Residency, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2004 Flintridge Foundation Award in the Visual Arts, Borchard Foundation, Scholar/Artist in Residence, Chateau de la Bretesche, Missillac, France
  • 2003 International Photography Awards nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art Photography
  • 2001 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Cultural Affairs Grant (COLA)
  • 2000-01 Durfee Foundation American/Chinese Grant
  • 1989 US/France National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Residency Fellowship, La Napoule Art Foundation
  • 1989 Agnes Bourne Fellowship in Painting, Djerassi Foundation Residency
  • 1988 National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship in Photography
  • 1980 National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography
  • Scripps College Faculty Research Grants (1997, 2000-04, 2006-11)
  • Mary Wig Johnson Awards for Research 1993,1996, 2000, 2007
  • Mary Wig Johnson Award for Service 1994

Courses Taught

  • Senior Studio Art Seminar (senior paper/project)
  • Advanced Studio Art Seminar (gallery exhibition)
  • Combined Media Art and Concepts (Art 100B)
  • Visual Coding in Contemporary Hollywood Film (Core 3 program)
  • Humanities Institute Seminar ""LA Palimpsest: Hidden Histories and Forgotten Communities in Los Angeles""(with Prof Nathalie Rachlin)
  • Beginning Drawing and Design
  • Mixed Media Painting and Critical Arts Discourse
  • Visualizing Science and the Landscape (Seminar)
  • Various Independent Studies including Advanced Mixed Media Art, Art/ Fashion, Guerilla Art, Contemporary Figure Painting, Watercolor

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