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Ellen Mahaffy

EllenMahaffyAssociate Professor

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I earned my BFA in photography from The Maryland Institute, College of Art (1987), and stayed in Baltimore for a few years working as a photographer and darkroom printer. I eventually moved to Rochester, NY and earned my MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop (1993), with artist books and photography as areas of interest, along with video, working with a printing press, and launching exhibitions. That experience led me into the advertising world, where I held positions as designer, print production manager, and art director. Through a twist of fate involving karate and motorcycles, I realized that I love to teach. I taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology and in Lake Tahoe, CA before coming to the UW-Eau Claire. I currently teach visual communication courses and photography courses, and advise Studio 105 (photography club) and Shotokan Karate club.