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Susi Brister

Susi Brister is a professional artist and university educator. Working primarily in photography and installation, her work uses a whimsical approach to discuss themes of human behavior, visual perception, and the slippage between real and imaginary. A native Central Texan, she holds undergraduate degrees from UT in studio art and cultural anthropology and made it through three harsh Montreal winters to obtain an MFA in studio art photography from Concordia University. Susi taught photocommunications and visual studies courses at St. Edward’s University in Austin before accepting an artist residency through UT Dallas in 2016.

While living in Dallas, Susi was exposed to the field of interaction design and recognized the opportunity to leverage her creative thinking skills, background in human studies, and innate desire to inspire and elevate others to a career designing user-centered products and services which contribute to meaningful social change.

When she’s not working or in the studio, you’ll find her somewhere on the road with her partner and their beloved Anatolian shepherd, Artax, exploring the world in their 1984 VW Vanagon camper van.

Recent blog posts

Bootcamp Design Project, Day One

Today we listened, and then we did things. And notably, we got involved with real people out in the real world. After an introductory overview of design strategy over the course of the morning, we divided into teams and jumped into our bootcamp design project. Broadly targeting the improvement of public transportation, my teammates and…

First Day Impressions

Today was my last first day of school…again. When I earned my MFA ten years ago, I thought my official student days were over. Making the decision to go back to school to learn a new discipline at the age of 39, I’ve felt at times courageous and at times completely paralyzed with fear. Although…

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