Syl Arena is an artist, author, and educator who is fortunate enough to live on a quiet stretch of California’s central coast. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University and a BFA in Studio Art / Photography from the University of Arizona. During 2017, Syl has been selected both as a recipient of the Penumbra Foundation’s Workspace Program in New York City and as the Todd Walker Research Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. His photography has been exhibited across the country at such venues as the Aperture Foundation (NY), Art Intersection (AZ), Barrett Art Center (NY), DAB Art (CA), Fototeca de Cuba (CU), LA Artcore (CA), Lunder Art Center (MA), the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (CA), and the Sanchez Art Center (CA). Syl has authored three best-selling books on lighting that have been translated into six languages. He has shared his insights with students for many years in classes at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and Gulf Photo Plus. Between his summer adventures, Syl heads up the Visual and Performing Arts department at Mission Prep in San Luis Obispo and recently joined the faculty at Cuesta College.