Susan Mikula Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 04 Jul, 2018
Facts of Susan Mikula
Date of Birth: 1958
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Shiny Gray
Birth Name Shiny Gray
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New Jersey
Ethnicity White
Profession Photography
Net Worth $5 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Shiny Gray
Face Color Fair
Education Hampshire College
Books Susan Mikula Kilo
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Susan Mikula is an American photographer and artist who is mostly known for being the girlfriend of Rachel Maddow, a TV host, and an author. The couple started dating in 1999. Mikula began her photography career in 2007 without taking any formal classes. Considered to be ambiguous, complex, and beautiful by the critics her work has been displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in New York, Maimi, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In 2017, Art in Embassies program hired her "to do site-specific works for the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico."

Early Life And Education

Susan Mikula was born in 1958 in New Jersey. Her nationality is American, and as far as her ethnicity is concerned, she is White. When she was young, she along with her family moved to a small town in New Hampshire. 

Mikula completed her color theory courses from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Career

Susan Mikula started her career in photography in 2007 without taking any formal classes. She owns an SX-70 Polaroid camera. Though its manufacturing ended in 2007, she can still find instant film for it.

Mikula also has her website named susanmikula.com where she displays her work. Along with this, she also showcases her works on solo and group exhibitions in various places like LA, New York, San Francisco and Miami.

CAPTION: Susan in her pictures exhibition. SOURCE: Eceleb-Gossip

Susan Mikula has a photo-project which includes antique toys. About the project she said:

“I’m sure I was thinking of my own childhood and how much I was deeply affected by children’s literature. I wanted to tell a children’s tale my way, with pictures, but in the same way that children’s books always have something vaguely magical and a child at the center. In this case, the child is a little girl, and she has the power.”

Along with photography, Mikula is also involved in writing. She published her first book, Susan Mikula: Photographs in 2008. Her other books include American Breakbulk #13 & #21, American Device #49, and American Vale #17  among others.

Net Worth

Susan Mikula has an estimated net worth of $5 million as per some online sources, but the total amount is still under review. According to a source, a Photographer's annual salary is expected to be around $62k, and as per the new report published on March 01, 2018, it ranges between $49,381-$70,215. Apart from  Photography Mikula is also involved in writing and has written several books including Susan Mikula: Kilo which costs $14,99.

On the other hand, her longtime girlfriend Maddow has an estimated net worth of $20 million and earns $7 million of salary annually.

Personal Life

Susan Mikula is openly lesbian and has been in a relationship with Rachel Maddow since 1999. Her girlfriend is a popular American TV host and an author. The couple met for the first time in 1999 after Maddow hired her to do some yard works. 

CAPTION: Susan with her partner. SOURCE: Married Biography

For the first date, the pair went to a National Rifle Association event,

‘’It was very Desperate Housewives. My first date with Susan was at an NRA ‘Ladies Day On The Range’ event, and that is as close as I have ever gotten to the NRA.’’ 

Even after years of dating, the couple is still not married.  According to Rachel, the couple is not in a hurry to get married she said:

“I feel that gay people not being able to get married for generations, forever, meant that we came up with alternative ways of recognizing relationships. And I worry that if everybody has access to the same institutions that we lose the creativity of subcultures having to make it on their own. And I like gay culture.”

The couple currently resides in a farmhouse in Western Massachusetts.

Here is an interview with Rachel talking about her relationship with longtime girlfriend Susan Mikula.  

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