Rachel Sussman, b. 1975, grew up in Baltimore, and lives and works in Brooklyn. She began a practice-based fine arts PhD at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London (on indefinite hold), attended the Bard MFA program, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1998. She’s been in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Cooper Union, and is represented by Kneerim, Williams & Bloom. Her first book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, is due out in Spring 2014 from the University of Chicago Press.
Sussman has spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, amongst others, and appeared on CNN, the BBC, and various public radio programs. Her work has been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, NPR’s Picture Show, New Scientist, and other international media outlets. She’s received a number of notable awards including the AOL 25×25 Artists and Innovators Award, West Prize Acquisition Award, Creativity for Change grant, and nominations for the Prix Pictet three years running.
Her exhibition record spans over a decade in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Noted solo exhibitions include Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Montalvo Arts Center, Berlin Botanical Museum and Michael Steinberg Gallery. Noted group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Kunstverein Hannover, Paris Photo, Pierogi Leipzig, Art Forum Berlin, and the Renaissance Society, Chicago. Sussman’s work has been acquired for museum, university, corporate, and private collections.