Sandy Lopez-Isnardi

C. Sandra Lopez-Isnardi is a Professor of photography, digital imaging and graphic design and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Alma College, Alma, MI. She works with traditional, digital, alternative photographic processes, book art, and installation pieces. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Her images can also be found in several private and corporate collections. Sandra’s images have been published in The Creative Camera, and Photo Art Processes written by Nancy Howell Koehler and published by Davis Publications. Sandra has won numerous awards on a regional and national level and presents nationally and internationally. Her graphic design can be found on the covers of various books by Barbara Fiand, published by Crossroad Publishing, NY, NY., Bill Palmer, in his book of poems, titled Humble, as well as in other works created for non-profit organizations and small businesses.


Professor of Art & Design


Photography, Graphic Design and Digital Arts

Educational Background

  • University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning

Master of Fine Arts in Photography

  • University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Spanish Culture and Literature

  • State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts

Continued Education:

  1. Dan Burkholder, Palenville, NY - One-on-one workshop on digital Negatives and Platinum/Palladium Prints
  2. Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM - Teaching Photography in the Digital Age, Instructor Julieanne Kost & Rick Rose
  3. International Center of Photography, New York, NY - From Silver to Silicon, Instructor: Dan Burkholder

I am...

very interested in guiding students through their journey as they explore who they are and what area of study will help them grow and give them life. It is a joy to watch student come in as unsure freshman and walk out four years later as more mature individuals ready to face  the world. Teaching photography and digital arts is very important to me personally and professionally. I particularly enjoy looking at the ever-changing relationship between technology, aesthetics and and image making.


Professor of Art and Design and Professor of New Media Studies

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Photography, Digital Art and Graphic Design

My expertise:

Traditional and Digital photography, Documentary/Photojournalism, Alternative Processes using Digital Negatives, Platinum/Palladium, and other alternative processes, Digital Asset Management for photographers, Studio foundation; History and Theory of Fine Art Photography; and Digital Art.

Signature course(s):

Art 224 - Basic Photography, Art 230 - Graphic Design, Art 225 - Digital Imaging, Art 120/NMS120 Two Dimensional Design, ART 330 Graphic Design II, ART 324 Photography II

Recent publications:

Feb 2014: Hawaii University International Conferences; 2014 Arts, Humanities and Social  Sciences, Honolulu, HI

Teaching Traditional Photography in the Digital Age


Nov 2011: Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY

Book cover design and layout: Humble, a poetry chapbook by William Palmer


May 2002: Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, NY

Book Cover Design; In the Stillness You Will Know: Exploring the Paths of Our Ancient Belonging, by Barbara Fiand

Recent presentations:

2014: Hawaii University International Conferences; 2014 Arts, Humanities and Social  Sciences, Honolulu, HI

Teaching Traditional Photography in the Digital Age


2012: Asociacion Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica.  Grand                                  Valley State University, Grand Rapids.

Gringa: Bi-Cultural Perspective in my art


2005: Park Library, Baber Room, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI - “Film to Pixels”


2004: XXIV Simposio Internacional de Literatura, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Organized: Instituto  Literario Y Cultural Hispanico, Westminster, CA

USA Perspectives on Latin American issues

Bi Cultural Experiences and Influences on My Art

Creative work:


 *ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI - “Changing Woman: Earth and Time”

 *Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI - 85th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition


*University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI


* Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, Alma College - Faculty Bi-annual Show                      


Mariandale Spirituality Center, The Chapel Gallery, Ossining, NY

*Lansing Art Fair, Lansing, MI

*William Boniface Art Center, Escanaba, MI

“Interpretive Landscapes: Paints, Pixels and Prints,” Curator and exhibitor.


Marie Louise Trichet Gallery, Litchfield, CT - “Landscapes: Pixels to Prints”


 *South Haven Center for the Art, South Haven, MI “Interpretive Landscapes: Paints, Pixels and Prints,” Curator and exhibitor.

*The 44th Annual Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI


Park Library, Baber Room, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI - “Film to Pixels”

*Marygrove College, Detroit, MI - “Art Faculty Exchange Exhibition.”


*Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, Alma College “Faculty Bi-annual Show: “New Digital Art and Photography.”


*Scarab Club, Detroit, MI - All Area Photography Competition

* Broward County Public Library, Coconut Creek, FL

“Through My Eyes: Images of Ecuador, Los Galapagos, Puerto Rico, and Mexico,” In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month


*Art & Technology Permanent Collection: The Polk Competition Art Exhibition at Birmingham/Bloomfield Art Association, Birmingham, MI (catalog)

*Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI - “It’s All Academic.”    


* Denotes group exhibitions                                     

Recent grants:

2009 – 2010    Grant Initiative, Alma College, Alma, MI

2006 - 2009     Alma College Technology Grant, Alma, MI

2008 – 2009    Grant Initiative, Alma College, Alma, MI

1996 & 1999    Faculty McGregor Technology Grant, Alma College, Alma, MI

1996 - Present Faculty Small Grants, Alma College, Alma, MI 

2006  Daimler Chrysler Minority Retention Award through the Michigan Colleges Foundation (MCF) for Alma College.

2004 Lilly Foundation Vocation Course Development Grant, Alma College, Alma, MI

Development for an Art Studio course in Liturgical Art.

2000 - 2003 Michigan Board of Education Summer Institute Program at Alma College: Grant for three consecutive years valued at $336,000 total.

Other recent accomplishments:

2012 Outstanding Faculty Award for the Arts and Humanities Division, Alma College, Alma, MI

I've led

Spring Term classes to Ecuador, Argentina, Spain, Paris, New York, Chicago, and Copper Harbor, MI. I have also been a Faculty mentor for the Center of Responsible Leadership held at Ghost Ranch, NM in 2007.