UA grad’s photo book in Cleveland museum exhibit

The Cleveland Museum of Arts DIY: Photographers & Books exhibition space. (Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art)

An outstanding former student in the University of Akron Women’s Studies Program is making a name for herself in artistic circles — and her work is being shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art, right alongside that of well-known photographers.

Susan Lilley, a University of Akron graduate with a degree in art, entered a juried exhibition at the museum called DIY: Photographers & Books. Her print-on-demand book of photographs was accepted and will become part of the nationally known teaching collection of books at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

In an email, Lilley wrote that “one of the aspects that I am trying to achieve with my photography . . . is getting photos off the wall and into the realm of everyday living.”

The groundbreaking show runs through Dec. 30. Visit for details.

To learn more, read the Akron Beacon Journal story published in the Aug. 26 issue, “Photo books share images with public.”


2 Responses

  1. Thank you very much for this blog, the empowering ideas, news, and shout-outs to interesting people and ideas! Here’s a suggestion of an e-book (or chapters of it) that might fit as something to review:

    I’m Cristina Deptula with Synchronized Chaos International Magazine, and we’re working with NYC-based author and award-winning photographer Lynn Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert is known for her Children in Repose and Silk Road: Then and Now series, chronicling children in various socioeconomic neighborhoods in New York in the 1970s and the land and people of Turkey, Jordan, and other nearby countries.

    Ms. Gilbert has applied her design sense and thoughtful writing style to Particular Passions, her collection of interviews with pioneering women from the 1920s to the 1980s who have made a difference in various fields. These include household-name figures, such as Bella Abzug, Julia Child, and Grace Hopper, and also many less famous but still accomplished women.

    The book, co-written with Gaylen Moore, spotlights people who have made progress in science, art, architecture, law, sports, civil rights, fashion, etc, as well as advocating for and improving opportunities, conditions and respect for other women entering the field. Graced by Gilbert’s artistic sensibilities, the book shows each woman as authentically as possible, reflecting the diversity of backgrounds and early experiences shaping who they became.

    Lynn Gilbert intends Particular Passions to honor the strength and resourcefulness of each woman while chronicling their stories and struggles. She uses oral-history techniques designed to let the interviewees speak for themselves in their own voices, sharing how they discovered their passions, overcame obstacles, and stayed motivated to pursue their careers.

    Many readers describe this book as inspirational, especially for younger people who may not be aware of the hard work done to open opportunities to women. One woman said she would have adopted the ladies in Particular Passions as her personal role models had she come across the book earlier in life.

    We would love to have Particular Passions discussed in your blog – please let us know if this interests you, and we will send a chapter electronically for you to read and mention online.

    Details on Particular Passions below:

    Paperback: 340 pages
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter (December 12, 1988)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0517545942
    ISBN-13: 978-0517545942
    Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1 inches
    Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

    Thank you very much for your consideration!


    Cristina Deptula


  2. […] of works on paper attracted more than 400 submissions, with 49 chosen for the exhibit, including Susie Lilly, a former women’s studies student of mine at the University of Akron, where she graduated […]

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