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Ryann Cooley

Associate Professor of Digital Media and Photography

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  • M.F.A., School of Visual Arts (2012)
  • B.A., Brooks Institute of Photography (1993)

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Topics in Photography
  • Experimental Darkroom Processes
  • The Art of Business and the Business of Art
  • Photographic Concepts and Professional Practices
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Lighting for the Still and Moving Image
  • Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • Introduction to Photography

Professional Members/Associations 

  • The AD Agency, founding board member (2007-2009)
  • Advertising Photographers of America, board member (1999-2001)
  • American Association of Museums
  • College Arts Association
  • Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Grant Committee Member (2015, 2016)
  • International Arts Movement, leadership (1994-1997)

Professional Experience/Achievements 

  • Associate Professor of Digital Media and Photography
    Houghton College, Houghton NY (2013-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty
    School of Visual Arts, New York NY (2013)
  • Adjunct Faculty, online
    Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA (2009-2012)
  • Teaching Assistant
    Department of Photo, Video, and Related Media
    School of Visual Arts, New York NY (2011)
  • Adjunct Faculty
    Portfolio Center School for Photography, Atlanta GA (2000)
  • Adjunct Faculty
    University of Pittsburgh Study Abroad Program: Semester at Sea (1998)
  • Owner/Proprieter
    Cooley Studio, New York NY (1995-2014)
    Partial client list:  American Express, CitiBank, Conde Nast Traveler, Hewlett Packard, Hollywood Reporter, InStyle, Intel, Mars, Nikon, Penguin Books, Random House, Real Simple, Samsung, US Weekly, Vibe
  • Travel/Documentary Photographer
    Partial client list: International Bible Society, New York Post, The New York Times, World Children’s Fund


  • Paul Rhodes Memorial Award, School of Visual Arts (2012)
  • Photography Served, featured artist (2009, 2010)
  • Behance Network, featured artist (2009, 2010)
  • Art Directors Club 87th Annual Award for Print (2008)
  • Communications Arts “Webpick of the Day” (2008)
  • Graphis, gold (2007)
  • Woman’s Wear Daily “The It List” Beauty Still Life Photographers (2007)
  • Mercury Awards, grand winner (2004)
  • Creative Club’s Show South Award for Photography (2001)
  • Pikes Peak Advertising Federation ADDY, Best of Show – Print (2000)
  • The Creative Summit Award – gold (2000)
  • Pikes Peak Advertising Federation ADDY (1999)
  • The AMI International Special Award for Photography (1994)
  • Presidential Achievement Award, Brooks Institute of Photography (1993)
  • Kodak Crystal Eagle Award


  • Artist Among Us, Traveling Exhibit, Western New York (2017)
  • Faculty Exhibition, Ortlip Gallery, Houghton College, Houghton NY (2017)
  • Art Faculty Invitational, Corning Community College, Corning NY (2016)
  • Faculty Exhibition, Ortlip Gallery, Houghton College, Houghton NY (2015)
  • Redeemer’s 25th Anniversary Art Exhibit, New York, NY (2014)
  • “Feel Yourself Seeing,” Gettys Art Center, Rock Hill SC (2014)
  • “First & Lasting Impressions,” Starbucks Gallery, Houghton, NY (2013)
  • Faculty Exhibition, Ortlip Gallery, Houghton College, Houghton NY (2013)
  • Conscious Things,” Picture Space, Brooklyn NY (2012)
  • Thesis Exhibition, SVA Westside Gallery, New York NY (2012)
  • “In Love We Trust,” Michael Mut Gallery, New York NY (2011)
  • “The Weekenders,” Masters on Main Street, BRIK Gallery, Catskill NY (2011)
  • “AuthentiCity,” Salone del Mobile, Milan Italy (2010)


  • Artist-in-Residence, Art as Experience, Friday Arts Project, Rock Hill SC (2014)


  • “Delicate Youth: From Baby Bling to Weightless Liquid.”with Hoff, Elisabeth et al. Booklet Magazine, No. 10. Summer/Autumn 2009: 75-86. Print.
  • “Cool Shots: Ryann Cooley’s Digital Still Life and Product Photography.”with Hallowell, Mimi. Professional Photographer.  Nov. 2001: 38-44. Print.
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