Susan Van Scoy, Ph.D.

Susan Van Scoy, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor

Art LI


Long Island

  • 631.687.1431
  • O’Connor Hall, N117A


Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook

M.A. SUNY Stony Brook

B.A. Tulane University


Susan Van Scoy joined the Art Department at St. Joseph’s University, New York in 2015 and teaches courses in History of Photography, American Art, Non-Western Art, Modern Art, and Introductory Surveys in both lecture and online modes. She is an avid supporter of incorporating online pedagogical approaches as well as study abroad and experiential museum visits into her courses.  

Dr. Van Scoy’s research interests include female photographers of the 1980s, the history of photography, and public art and architecture. Dr. Van Scoy has recently published The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry (Arcadia, 2019) and contributed 42 artists texts to Landscape Painting Now (D.A.P., 2019). Professor Van Scoy recently guest curated an exhibition of landscape photography at the Heckscher Museum of Art entitled: "Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature" in January 2023. Van Scoy is currently curating a permanent installation of photographs taken by Neil Scholl, which will be on view in the Caumsett State Historic Park and Preserve's classrooms.

Professor Van Scoy is also a member of the Board of Trustees and the Collections Stewardship Committee at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Caumsett Artist in Residence Program.

Select Publications

The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry, “Images of America” Series (Mt. Pleasant: SC, 2019).

42 Artists texts in Landscape Painting Now (D.A.P., 2019).

  • Artists discussed include:
    Jane Freilicher, Lois Dodd, Maureen Gallace, Israel Hershberg, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Barkley L. Hendricks, George Shaw, Rackstraw Downes, April Gornik, Richard Estes, Franz Gertsch, Alex Katz, David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Lisa Sanditz, Jonas Wood, Daniel Heidkamp, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Matthew Wong, Makiko Kudo, Jules de Balincourt, Verne Dawson, Tomás Sánchez, Peter Doig, Celia Paul, Will Cotton, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Gillian Carnegie, Ali Banisadr, Maki Na Kamura, Cecily Brown, Luis Zerbini, Per Kirkeby, Hurvin Anderson, Etel Adnan, Li Dafang, Yishai Jusidman, Noa Charuvi, Kay Walkingstick, Jordan Nassar, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan.

Viewfinders: Photographers Frame Nature