Sooz Main (b. 1981, Mt. Vernon, WA) received a double BA in Photography and Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago (CCC) and graduated as valedictorian in May 2011. She received the Kodak Scholarship in 2009 and the Albert P. Weisman Award in both 2010 and 2011 for her ongoing documentary project about the community of Uptown as well as the John Schultz and Betty Shiflett Story Workshop Scholarship in 2010 for a piece about grief and travel that has become the text of her interdisciplinary project “Postcards for Lara”. Extensive traveling, including study-abroad programs in Cape Town, South Africa; Prague, Czech Republic; Florence, Italy; Shanghai and Beijing, China; and Bath, England, has provided a wealth of material to draw from artistically while tempering her work with the sensitivity gained from experiencing life in many different cultures. Sooz combines creative non-fiction text with documentary-style images, often in the form of handmade books. Her most recent exhibitions include CCC’s Weisman Exhibition in November 2011, Interrogating the Future of Interdisciplinary Practice: 2011 National BA/BFA Exhibition in July 2011, and CCC’s Manifest BA + BFA Photography Exhibition in May 2011. In addition to her own art-making, she works with the Center for Community Arts Partnerships as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools.