Since 1980 Susan Todd-Raque has been providing art advisory services for private collectors, corporations and artists. Specializing in vintage 20th century photography and work by selected contemporary photographers, she brings a wealth of knowledge from over 20 years as an independent curator, educator, appraiser and writer on the photographic arts, earning the respect of private and corporate collectors in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York.

Following her business degree from DePaul University, Todd-Raque became a business manager in the Los Angeles music entertainment industry, offering financial and art investment advice to clients. Returning to her love of the visual arts, it was during her graduate work at Emory University that Todd-Raque learned the fine skill of appraising photography, the true meaning of vintage, and the value of art as an investment. Noted for her dynamic presentation style, she has been a guest lecturer on various aspects of collecting art for the Michael C. Carlos Museum, galerieMC, and "Inspired Collecting" at the High Museum of Art. For over 10 years Todd-Raque taught the history of photography at regional colleges and universities, including Georgia State University, Creative Circus, and The Atlanta College of Art.

As a co-founder of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Todd-Raque created a forum and showcase for photography through the innovative annual Lecture Series, Public Art initiative, and numerous activities, thus advancing the position of the photographic arts in the Southeast and beyond to the national level. Her community service also includes serving on the Board of Directors of Art Papers magazine and the Photo Forum support group at the High Museum of Art.

Since September 2007, Todd-Raque curated Responding to Home, an exhibition featuring the work of Georgia artists, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta; the show traveled in 2008 to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida.  Exhibitions curated in 2008 in Atlanta include: New York, New York: Work by Sylvia Plachy; You Ain't Wrong: An Archive by William Boling.  In 2009 exhibitions included: Complete Desire: A Collaboration by William Boling and Corinne Vionnet; Photo Opportunities by Corinne Vionnet; Ten Jews Left by Jerry Siegel; Gathering Signs: New Photography by William Boling. Also, in 2009 Todd-Raque co-produced with Christian Bradley-West the largest ACP 09 project, What's Happening Now: The Cell Phone Photography Project, with 47 artists. For 2010 she curated I See You. Do You See Me? and The ACP Visionaries exhibitions and gave a major public lecture, "Ansel Adams: His Vision of America" at the Booth Western Art Museum. Her ongoing series on Collecting Photography continues to be a success, most recently at Nature Undisturbed and for the Serenbe Photography Collectors' Guild. Todd-Raque continues to do private portfolio reviews.

Todd-Raque co-chaired a session "The Work of Art Criticism in the Age of Blogs and Ezines" at the renown College Art Association 2013 annual conference. Every year she has been busy privately selling photography collections, giving private portfolio reviews, and writing about photography (e.g. see SxSE magazine Vol IX Issue 4).   In September 2014, the unseen vintage work of Rusty Miller, the only photographer who, in the 1960s and 1970s, documented the Summerhill, Buttermilk Bottoms, Vine City and Old Fourth Ward areas in ATL, were available for private viewings.  The City of Atlanta Gallery 72 honored Miller's work with the first solo exhibition, Rusty Miller: The Compassionate Eye in Forgotten Atlanta in June 2018.  Todd-Raque moderated a panel discussion, "Memory, Race, and Erasure in Urban Atlanta," coordinated with the exhibition.  Miller's exhibition is scheduled to travel to other venues. Click here to learn more about Rusty Miller's photography.

Rusty Miller Gallery 72 Exhibit from ATL26 on Vimeo.

Todd-Raque has been working as a private curator of home and museum art collections in Atlanta and Los Angeles as well as curating/producing for Georgia Public Broadcasting.






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Suan Todd-Raque, ph. Carly Rothman
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