Judy Natal is a Professor of Photography and the Coordinator of the Graduate Program at Columbia College Chicago. Natal is a Chicago-based artist, author of EarthWords, published in 2004 by Light Work, and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A-Z, published in 2006 by Center for American Places. Natal began her teaching career in New York in 1981 after receiving her BFA in Photography and Design Theory at University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas and her MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. She has taught at Syracuse University, Nazareth College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Alfred before landing at Columbia College in Chicago 20 years ago.
In addition to her work within higher education, Natal has taught workshops for all levels of education, at places such as Anderson Ranch, Aspen, Colorado, Women's Studio Workshop, Kingston, New York, Filter Photo Festival, Chicago, Illinois, and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, just to name a few. Her photographs are in permanent public and private collections of the California Museum of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Museum of Art, São Paulo, Brazil, among others.