Susan Rochester is an Oregon artist who works primarily with photography (analog, digital, and historic processes) and book arts. Geographic inquiry and exploration of the natural world inform her projects, as does her interest in shifting boundaries created by politics and human impact on the wild.
Rochester is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. During her sixteen years at Umpqua, she has taught Art History, Photography, Painting, and Book Arts. She is the director of the Art Gallery, and is the curator of the College’s permanent art collection. Rochester was a Fulbright Scholar in North Cyprus during the summer of 2017. She was selected to be a TedX-Roseburg presenter, and has participated in artist’s residencies, including Biophilia-Nova Scotia and Playa-Summer Lake, Oregon. Her work has received financial support from the Oregon Cultural Trust/Douglas County Cultural Coalition and the Ford Family Foundation. She was a 2018 participant in the Ford Family Foundation’s Curators/Critics Studio tour. Rochester lives in Sutherlin, Oregon.