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 lecture titled "Inspired Collecting" at the High Museum of Art. Recently she talked about "Notable Women in Photography for the Women In Focus organization.
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.
In 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.
2013 began with Todd-Raque co-chairing a session "The Work of Art Criticism in the Age of Blogs and Ezines" at the renown College Art Association annual conference.
Our company continues to be busy with our growing art advisory and collecting consulting, alongside of our community involvement such as Nature Undisturbed's collecting panel, SPE Portfolio Reviews, Fulton County Artist Registry, and other exciting projects!
Susan Todd-Raque, L.L.C. further deepens its commitment by contributing a percentage of its profits to worthy nonprofit arts organizations.
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