Susan Elting Hillyard

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  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA English Literature, minor Art
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, Graduate studies in photography
  • Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, Course work in photography
  • Cabrillo College, Aptos CA, Course work in photography
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, MLS, Library Science


featured and solo exhibitions (*indicates solo exhibit)

  • On the Road to the Summer of Love, California Historical Society, San Francisco 2017
  • Wildlife Beyond Borders, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA 2016
  • Wild Above, Wild Below, San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, CA 2016 *
  • Unbridled, Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz CA 2016
  • Wildlife Beyond Borders, PhotoCentral, Hayward CA 2015
  • Local Color, State Senator  Monning’s Office, Santa Cruz CA 2015-2016 *
  • The Art of Dance, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA 2014
  • The Beast Project (collaborative exhibit with two visual artists and a writer) Sagebrush Art Center, Sheridan, WY January, 2014
  • Spirit of the Wild Mustang, Vino Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 2013 *
  • The Spirit of the Wild Mustang, Woodside Library, Woodside, CA March-April 2011 *
  • Grateful Dead Images from the Sixties, Pearl on Irving, San Francisco, CA February – April 2011 *
  • Haiku, Kelly Street Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA March
  • Different Directions, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA January – February 2011
  • Grateful Dead Images from the Sixties, Y Studio, Santa Cruz, CA 2010 *
  • Out of Here, Santa Cruz County Government Center, November 2009 – January 2010

group shows (recent)

  • Alameda on Camera, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA 2020
  • The Meaning of Green, Grey Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA 2020
  • A Ballad of Our Changing World,  PhotograHER, Online 2020
  • Lineage and Legacy: The Imaged Horse, Ucross Foundation Gallery, Clearmont, WY 2018
  • Imagemakers: 20 Years of Creativity, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA 2017
  • Point of Transition, Fraction Brewery, Alameda CA 2017
  • Members’ Juried Exhibition”, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, 2016
  • Images from a Glass Eye, (International Exhibit), Tehama County Photo Club, Red Bluff, CA, 2016
  • 29th Annual Juried Members Show, Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio Public Library, 2016
  • 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Palazzo Italia(Römischer Hof), Berlin, 2016
  • Angles, Lines, and Curves: Architecture of the World, Filoli, Woodside, CA 2015
  • Photo Alchemy: Alternative Processes in Photographic Media, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville CA, 2015
  • Photography: The Full Spectrum, Carter House Gallery, Redding, CA 2014
  • ImageMakers @ MOM, Museum of Monterey, Monterey, CA 2014
  • Celebrating the Building Trades, Avery Gallery, Seaside, CA 2014
  • Cimarron Sky Dog Equine Photography, Collected Works Bookstore, Santa Fe, NM 2014
  • The Visual Narrative, Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN 2014
  • The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany, 2013
  • Sharing our World: Animals Seeing Each Other, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, 2013
  • New Mexico, Matrix Gallery, Albuquerque, NM  2013
  • Photo ID, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA 2013
  • 2012 Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition, CPA, Carmel, CA 2012
  • Member’s Exhibit, Texas Photographic Society, 2012
  • Journeys, Davenport Gallery, Davenport, CA  2011
  • Art in Nature, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO 2011
  • Images from A Glass Eye, The Big Picture, Red Bluff, CA 2011
  • Art of Photography, The Davenport Gallery, Davenport, CA 2011
  • Artists Among Us, Eloise Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UC Santa Cruz, 2011
  • 16@49,  Modernbook, 49 Geary St., San Francisco, CA March 2011
  • Flowers, Trees, Birds, Bees, Vermont Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT 2011
  • 50-50, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA 2010
  • Abstract Images, Vermont Photography Workplace, Online Exhibition, 2010
  • Different Directions III, Four Women Photographers, Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz 2010
  • Bay Area Wildlife: Beautiful, Vital, and Fragile,  Filoli, Woodside, CA 2010
  • Los Pajaros, Pajaro Valley Art Center, Watsonville, CA 2010
  • 24th Annual Members’ Exhibition, Texas Photography Society, Austin, TX 2010
  • Pinhole Show, RayKo Photography Center, San Francisco, CA Juried Exhibition 2010

Gallery Affiliation

            RayKo Gallery and Photographic Center, San Francisco, CA

Artist in Residence

  • Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY 2018
  • Playa Artist Residency Program, Summer Lake, OR 2017
  • Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY 2016
  • Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA 2012, 2015, 2017
  • Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA 2011, 2014
  • Le Moulin a Nef, Auvillar, France, 2013
  • Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY 2013
  • Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 2011         

Published Works (Recent)

  • Scott, Felicity, Outlaw Territories, Zone Books/MIT Press, 2015
  • Shadow and Light, Vol 1, #1, featured artist, October 2014
  • Phren-Z, online literary journal, featured artist, August 2012
  • A Collection of Works by Women Photographers, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, 2011,
  • B&W Magazine, 2010, 12 (72), 108
  • Flight, Vermont Photography Workplace,, 2010
  • Hillyard, S., The Spirit of the Wild Mustangs,, 2010
  • Bernstein, D, ed., The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, UC Press, Berkeley, CA. 2008


  • Images from a Glass Eye, (International Exhibit), Tehama County Photo Club, 2016, Third Place
  • Development Grant, Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, 2014, 2015
  • Cimarron Sky Dog Equine Photography, 2014, Honorable Mention
  • Love, Worldwide Gala Competition, 2013, Honorable Mention
  • Sharing our World: Animals Seeing Each Other, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, 2013, Honorable Mention
  • Member’s Exhibit, Texas Photographic Society, February 2012, Honorable Mention
  • Haiku, Kelly Street Gallery, 2nd place, 2010
  • Julia Margaret Cameron International Women’s Award, Finalist, 2010
  • Equine Ideal Photography Contest, Fifth and Sixth place awards, 2010
  • Warhol Now and Then, de Young Museum, College Night, Lead Image, 2009