Colleen Choquette-Raphael received her MFA in Art with an emphasis in photography and intermedia from the University of Washington and holds a BA in Art History and Art Education and a BFA in Visual Design from the University of Oregon. Since joining the faculty in 1998 she has taught a broad constellation of courses in photographic media; including film and darkroom photography, large format and the constructed image. She has also offered courses in foundations, theory seminars on the body and the abject, public art, a workshop on experimental book structures and intermedia courses on art and the found object.
Using images and cultural artifacts that are aligned with stereotypical notions of gender, she summons the unstable point when a sign becomes its antithesis; where equilibrium slips into delirium, science becomes sentiment, and the flower in the garden pornographic. These objects exist in a state of perpetual deterioration; a child's toy reveals itself to be a discarded emblem of gender performance, scientific diagrams are inscribed into melting beeswax and a series of constructed images mythologize the suicide of female poets.
Choquette-Raphael is also the faculty academic advisor for the Department of Art and directs study abroad programs in Italy and Greece.