Conference participation

Conferences can be a great way of promoting your career on many levels. For freshly minted grad students, applying as an image maker at a conference is a great way to show potential employers or new employers that you are serious about blending your academic activity with your artistic activity. If you are interviewing at the College Art Association, being able to invite prospective employers to your presentation will look great. For those already in a job, image maker presentations are wonderful, but mix it up a little and apply for or create panels in areas related to teaching as well as your artwork.

Administration likes to see that you actually participate in conferences, not just attend them. This could be in the form of panels, presentations, portfolio reviewer, committee involvement, mock interviewer. Get in the habit of writing a narrative about your conference activities to get a sense of your general involvement and how that could improve.

If you are just getting started and still looking for a job, take advantage of any mentorship program, mock interviewing, portfolio reviewing that your professional association or conference might offer. Regularly apply for image maker or conference sponsored exhibitions as a way of getting your work seen by your peers.

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About seszucs

Suzanne E. Szucs is an artist, writer and educator living and working in Rochester, MN. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Illinois Arts Council Individual Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grant, Szucs has shown her work widely. To see portfolios or link to articles go to: or Szucs has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having taught since 1995, Szucs has held positions at a variety of institutions, from adjunct positions at art schools and community colleges, multi-year positions at two universities and is currently a full-time Instructor of Art, Photography at Rochester Community & Technical College. Her experience includes teaching across the spectrum of photographic practice and history and working with diverse demographics of students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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