Susannah Hays (born 1959) is an American artist and educator practicing in the fields of philosophy, ecology, technical processes in historical and contemporary photography and the book as art. She first gained recognition for her work in 2000 when she joined Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions there as well as at Seager/Gray Gallery in Marin, California and Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While she is especially known for cameraless and 19th Century processes, her creative work expands to realms of experimentation in all visual media. Her seminar courses focus on the practice of art and ecology, embodied mind cognition, space constructions, topologies and visual autobiography.
Hays was born in Boston Massachusetts (twin brother John Hays) and lived in Connecticut until 1978, when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Mills College. She received a BA in American Studies from Mills College, and an MFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute. Her MA in Visual Studies and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies were completed at the University of California, Berkeley. While earning her MA, she was awarded the Eisner Prize for Photography. At the Art Institute, she studied with Doug Hall and Ann Chamberlain. At U.C. Berkeley she studied with philosopher Alva Nöe, poet Lyn Hejinian, painter Tony Dubovsky, filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha and digital media artist Greg Niemeyer. In 2012, she moved from Berkeley to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she currently resides.