Susan Ryan

Susan Elizabeth Ryan


225-578-8813 | 218 Design Building
faryan@lsu.edu |

Art History BA Rutgers University
MA University of Michigan
PhD University of Michigan

Susan Elizabeth Ryan is a professor of contemporary and new media art history and theory at the LSU School of Art and is a member of the LSU Center for Computational Technology (CCT). She helped found an interdisciplinary art and engineering undergraduate minor at LSU entitled AVATAR. Her book, Garments of Paradise, was published by MIT Press in 2014 and is a critical study of wearable technology. She curated Social Fabrics, an exhibition sponsored by the Leonardo Educational Forum for the College Art Association in Dallas in 2008. She has lectured internationally on dress and creative technology and has contributed articles to Leonardo and the online journal Intelligent Agent. She has also published two books focused on artists’ autobiographical practices: she assembled, edited, and annotated American painter Marsden Hartley’s autobiography, Somehow a Past (MIT Press, 1996 and 1998), and she authored the first critical study of work of a significant pop artist, Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech (Yale University Press, 2000).


ARTH 2470 20th-Century Art
ARTH 4420 Museums and the Public
ARTH 4422 20th-Century Design and Theory
ARTH 4466 Contemporary Art Survey
ARTH 4468 Issues in Contemporary Art
ARTH 4480 Video Art History and Theory
ARTH 4482 Digital Art History
ARTH 4484 New Media Art Theory
ARTH 7400 Art and Critical Theory


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