Susan Scafati is currently based in Austin, TX where she is a member of the artist collective Lakes Were Rivers, and previously established her career in New York, NY.
Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, both individually and with Lakes Were Rivers. Individual career highlights include being featured as a Facebook Artist-in-Residence; in an emerging artist exhibition by curators Cindy Sherman, Adam Fuss, and Jack Pierce (Sean Kelly Gallery, New York) and as the modern voice for the "Goya: Mad Reason" exhibition (Blanton Museum); a recipient of L’Ecole Nationale Photographie Superieur Award (ICP), Barbara Lans Memorial Award (Silvermine Guild Arts Center, 2004 Spectra National Photography Triennial), International Photography Awards (Lucie Foundation); and a top pick by Glasstire: Visual Art News & Reviews, Austin Critics Table Awards, Photo District News online, Austin American Statesman, and Austin Chronicle. Lakes Were Rivers accolades include Best Museum Exhibition (2015-2016 winner/ 2013 nominee, Austin Critics Table Awards), Critic’s Pick (Artforum, Nashville Scene), and Idea Fund Grant (Warhol Foundation). Her writings have been published in Glasstire: Visual Art News & Reviews and with Women In Photography International.
Clients have included Facebook, Archer Hotel, New York Stock Exchange, Bloomberg News, JP Morgan, Port Authority, AARP, Asset International, New York Fashion Week, and the Pasqual Maragall Presidential Campaign, and more. She has managed and contributed to the editorial, marketing, and PR functions for NBC (for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia), BlackRock, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and Deutsche Asset Management. She started her career in Manhattan, assisting celebrity/contemporary art photographer David LaChapelle, hip-hop photographer Kevin Knight (The Source magazine), and the global artist management agency Creative Exchange Agency.
Scafati holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, International Center of Photography (New York, NY) and Santa Reparata International School of Art (Florence, Italy, through Washington University).