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Susan Lakin


School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design
Director of Frameless Labs

Susan Lakin


School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design
Director of Frameless Labs


BFA, Art Center College of Design; MFA, University of California

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Lakin, Susan. Reflections and Projections: 20 Years of the Individual Artist Awards. Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara CA. 28 September 2009 - 22 January, 2010. Exhibition. É 
Lakin, Susan. how good are your dwelling places. Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Canada. 14 January — 14 March, 2010. Exhibition. É 
Lakin, Susan. Monitors: Susan Lakin and Steve Lyons. Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Toronto, Canada. 4 June - 3 July 2010. Exhibition. É 
Lakin, Susan. Television Portraits, Griffin Museum of Photography Collection, Winchester MA. 2010. Exhibition. É 
Published Book
Lakin, Susan. Television Portraits, Griffin Museumof Photography, Winchester MA.Museum/Gallery Collection. 2010. Print. É 
Formal Presentation
Lakin, Susan. “Television Portraits.” Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography. Toronto, Canada. 4 June 2010. Invited Lecture. É  -
Published Review
Moser, Gabrielle. “Toronto Gallery 44.” Rev. of Monitors,by Susan Lakin and Steve Lyons. Esse: arts + opinion, 70 (Fall 2010) Web.
Goddard, Peter.“Artists Challenge Sense of Reality.” Rev. ofMonitors, by Susan Lakin and Steve Lyons. Toronto Star, 9 June 2010. Web.
Dick, Terence. “Steve Lyons and Susan Lakin at Gallery 44.” Rev. of Monitors, by Susan Lakin and Steve Lyons. Akimbo, 9 June 2010. Web.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This interdisciplinary course is designed for College of Art and Design and Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences students to work in collaboration to produce a semester long interactive music project. The students will work with upcoming young musicians in the Rochester area in teams consisting of programmers, designers, CG artists, photographers, and filmmakers, depending on class enrollment. The students will examine how digital technology is changing the way we experience and consume music. Students are introduced to the resources and tools necessary to produce an interactive music experience while working with professional musicians.
3 Credits
This course will provide an introduction to the field of commercial photography, as well as encourage students to develop their own artistic vision. Students will create images from assignments that relate to projects they will encounter after graduation. They will be instructed in the basic photographic skills needed in the commercial field. Practical use of exposure metering and digital workflow will be discussed. Training will be provided in the use of professional cameras and lighting equipment, as well as developing a web presence. Portraiture and still life photography will be covered both in the studio and on location. Students will learn about career choices available in the commercial photography business.
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
3 Credits
This course examines current topics in Computer Graphics. This is intended to allow faculty to pilot potential new undergraduate offerings. Specific course details (such as prerequisites, course seminar, format, learning outcomes, assessment methods, and resource needs) will be determined by the faculty member(s) who propose a specific seminar course in this area. Specific course instances will be identified as belonging to the Computer Graphics and Visualization cluster.

In the News

  • October 25, 2021

    side-by-side portraits of Professor Susan Lakin, student Gia Caruso, and alumnus Matt Olpinski.

    Faculty member develops co-op experiences specific to supporting nonprofit companies

    A new option for co-op experiences at nonprofits is part of a pilot program being developed by a College of Art and Design faculty member. Professor Susan Lakin said the aim of the program is to both fill a need at nonprofits for digitally fluent staff and to provide an important experience for students interested in working closely with community organizations.

  • September 29, 2021

    graphic for 2021 virtual/augmented reality college rankings.

    RIT ranked among top AR/VR Colleges  

    RIT ranked No. 6 on the 2021 Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) College Rankings from Animation Career Review. RIT also ranked No. 3 on the east coast and No. 5 among private schools.

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