SUZANNE GONSALEZ-SMITH was born and raised in Washington State. She is currently an Associate Professor in Photography at the University of North Dakota where she has taught photography since 2008. Before moving to North Dakota she was an Instructor of Art at Bluegrass Community College in Lexington, KY. She received her BFA at the University of New Mexico and her MFA from the University of Kentucky. The imagery of Gonsalez-Smith's photographs contains the metaphor of memory and myth. Using the contemporary framework of her personal history and environment, she explores personal loss, religious and cultural identities and the duality of life, using symbolism to evoke the inevitability of our own mortality.
Ms. Gonsalez-Smith is the recipient of many grants and awards and exhibits on both the national and international level. Most recently, she has exhibited at PH21 Photography Gallery in Budapest, Hungary as one of seven international and visionary photographers of the 21st century by curator, Zsolt Batori. Ms. Gonsalez-Smith has exhibited works at The Main Street Gallery, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Midwest Center for Photography, The Chautauqua Center for the Arts, The Hampton Gallery, Circulo de Bellas Artes (The Circle of Fine Arts) Madrid, Spain, Atelier Gallery 030202, Bucharest, Romania, Borges Cultural Center in Buenos, Aires, Argentina, and The Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY to name a few.