Susan Moldenhauer explores place through image-making that embraces the landscape as a foundational element, seeks aesthetic and poetic experiences, and questions how to make sense of the world in the split-second magic of photography. Her approach embraces the tradition of composing at the moment of exposure. Her lyrical work, emotive imagery synthesizes light, darkness, movement, and moment.
Moldenhauer is a photographer, arts administrator, curator, artist advocate, and community leader who has worked to advance artists and the arts throughout her career. In 2017, she retired as Director & Chief Curator of the University of Wyoming Art Museum after 33 years of administrative and curatorial work. She co-founded artist and public art projects and continues to participate in these efforts. She is one of an artist-photographer-dancer partnership called Sequencing Through Time and Place, a creative collaboration that is place-based projects.
Moldenhauer received her MFA from Penn State University and BFA from Northern Illinois University. She is a recipient of the 2017 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award and the 2016 Wyoming Visual Artist Fellowship. She has a national exhibition record and is represented in numerous public collections. Moldenhauer lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.