TWU's Grant named SPE Honored Educator for 2014
DENTON — The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) has recognized Texas Woman’s University professor Susan kae Grant with its highest honor – the 2014 Honored Educator Award. Ms. Grant, head of the photography program at TWU, is being recognized for her influence in the photographic community, her career of teaching, mentoring, creating art and exhibiting.
The award will be presented during the 51st SPE National Conference, “Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue,” to be held March 6-9 in Baltimore.
“This is an incredible honor,” Ms. Grant said of the award. “This is a real acknowledgement of hard work and a validation of why we as artists and educators do what we do.”
Ms. Grant has been a faculty member at TWU since 1981. Many of her students have gone on to national recognition and success in their fields. Ms. Grant also co-conducts a seminar with Mary Virginia Swanson each year for SPE conference volunteers and student award winners.
“We feel it’s our way to give back,” Ms. Grant said. “Our careers are so based on what we learned at SPE. It’s also important to empower these students – to let them know they have their hands on the steering wheel of their careers.”
Ms. Grant has lectured at museums and galleries internationally and has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Japan. She is represented in numerous collections, including The George Eastman House, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, the New York Public Library and The Victorian and Albert Museum National Library. She also teaches at The International Center of Photography in New York City.
As an educator and an artist, Ms. Grant sees herself as a role model for her students. Her artistic career, she said, provides an opportunity to show her students “how you make work and how you get your work out there to be seen.”
The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight and experimental practice. For more information, visit www.spenational.org.
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