H. Cecilia Suhr

Cecilia Suhr
Associate Professor of Media Studies

Affiliate, Department of Art

Rentschler Hall 244

Website: www.ceciliasuhr.com


Ph.D. Rutgers University
M.A. New York University
B.A. James Madison University


Cecilia Suhr is an intermedia artist and researcher, multi-instrumentalist (violin/cello/voice/piano), multimedia (audio-visual) composer, painter, author, and improviser. ​​Working at the intersection between analog and digital technology/interactive media, sound and vision, theory and practice, critique, and creation, she is interested in experimenting with a wide spectrum of media to create synergetic and divergent aesthetic expressions and experiences. In doing so, she consciously explores the potential promises of emerging technologies while also critically examining the various pitfalls, challenges, ethical implications, and risks that may subsequently arise.

Her creative work has been featured across the U.S. and worldwide through venues such as the New York City Electro-Acoustic Festival, International Multimedia Arts Festival, New Music Gathering, Splice Festival, Hot Air Music Festival, Moxonic Festival, Beast Feast, Irish Sound, Science & Technology Association, Performing Media Arts Festival, Oh My Ear Festival, SEAMUS, iDMAa, International Computer Music Association, Audio Mostly Conference, ACM International Conference on Multimedia, IEEE Games, Entertainment and Media Conference, Convergence, International Conference/Festival of Music, Technology & Ideas, Music Diaries Festival, Klingt Gut International Symposium on Sonic Art and Spatial Audio, CICA Museum, IANG Gallery, Pensacola Museum of Art, Outside the Box Biennial, Artech: International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts, National Associations of Composers, ELO Conference and Media Arts Festival, etc.

She is the winner of the Pauline Oliveros Award from the 2022 International Alliance for Women in Music and the Bronze Medal Winner from the 2022 Global Music Awards. She is also the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation DML Research Grant Award (2012). Other honors include an Honorable Mention from the NYC International Fine Art Contest (2016), a People’s Choice Award from Pop Revolution Gallery (2015), a Saint Michael Special Achievement Medal from the International Juried Fine Arts Exhibition (2013), a Special Recognition Award from the International Abstracts Art Competition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery (2012).

As a researcher, she is the author of “Social Media and Music: The Digital Field of Cultural Production” (2012, Peter Lang Press) and “Evaluation and Credentialing in Digital Music Communities” (MIT Press, 2014). She also served as an editor and contributing author to “Online Evaluation of Creative Arts” (Routledge Press, 2014). Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Critical Arts, New Media and Society, International Journal of the Humanities, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, ACM conference proceedings, etc.