Artist Biography


Born and raised in Manhattan, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Goddard College, with additional training at the Art Institute of Boston. After apprenticing with photographers Eva Rubinstein, Erica Lennard, among others, and jobs in commercial labs, studios and galleries, I returned to graduate school and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1990. 

Thanks to this varied education, I have enjoyed a variety of work experiences as a freelance photographer and teacher. My abilities in portraiture and in technology grew. Her continued practice in all styles has helped her become more skilled as a workshop presenter, professor of photography at several colleges in North Carolina and instructor to high school aged students at risk.  

Paula Siwek’s work has been exhibited at numerous locations in North Carolina, as well as in Chicago, Colorado, Miami, New York and Seattle, and internationally in Munich and Vienna. I have three grown sons and teach photography in the public school system. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina.