Scott H. Hopkins, MFA Faculty Profile

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Scott  H.  Hopkins, MFA


Department of Art

Growing up in Chula Vista, California, 5 miles north of Tijuana, Baja California was to  live in a diverse and transnational culture. I speak four languages badly, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and English. After many years and many jobs including three years teaching English as a second language in Japan and Taiwan, I returned to San Francisco and San Francisco City College where I received a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute, a private art college with only 800 students, all art majors. I try to bring the same quality, creativity, and intensity to my classes at CSU East Bay. While at SFAI, I did a double major and received a BFA in photography and painting in 1994. Accepted into the three year MFA program at the University of Arizona, I graduated with honors with an MFA in photography in 1997. After graduation, I had a three year artist residency at the Fire Station Artist Studios in Dublin, Ireland, during which time, I engaged with professional artists across disciplines, taught photography at Dublin City University, had a solo exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, an art commission in Northern Ireland, along with many other professional activities. I returned to the United States to be a visiting professor of photography at the University of Houston for 2000-2001, and then received my current position in the Art Department at CSU East Bay in Fall 2001 where I head the photography option. My art practice bridges both film, digital, and video. My photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and I am currently making video documentaries along with still photographs for publication and exhibition. 

In the nineteen years that I have taught at CSU East Bay, I have helped 17 students go on to graduate school. Many of my former students have gone on to professional success including one who did a magazine cover for Sports Illustrated in 2015 and another who is now the staff photographer for CSU East Bay, and his images are on billboards, busses and can be seen in the CSU East Bay magazine.

Photographing the imaginary lines of nationalism/tribalism as they are imposed on physical landscapes. Fine art and documentary photography, both still and video on issues of social justice.

  • Orange Coast College
  • De Anza College
  • San Francisco City College
  • San Francisco Art Institute BFA in Painting and Photography 1994
  • University of Arizona MFA Photography with an emphasis in digital media 1997

Not teaching this semester.


2019 Qualities of Light: The Story of a Pioneering  New York City Art Gallery, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

2012 Beyond the Border Exhibition, Coconino Center for the Arts Gallery, Flagstaff AZ

2012 Transient States, Camerawork Galley, San Francisco CA

2011 The Border Project; Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes, University of Arizona Art Museum, available online at:

2009 The Educated Eye, Photographs by Bay Area Art Educators, Louie-Meager Art Gallery, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA

2007 Bytes, Making Pictures with Ones and Zeros, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ 

2005 Focused, 10th Annual Juried Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest,Seattle, WA

2004 Oakland Homicide Memorial, Oakland City Hall, Oakland California

2004  Oakland Homicide Memorial Dia de Los Muertos Festival Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

2003 Oakland Homicide Memorial, two person collaboration on a yearlong exhibition, California State University Hayward, Art Gallery and Library

2003 Oakland Homicide Memorial, two person collaboration on a yearlong exhibition, Laney College Art Gallery, Oakland CA

2001 Peace|Walls Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim Town, Northern Ireland,

2000 Peace|Walls Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland

2000 CentreFace Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim Town, Northern Ireland, U.K. Outdoor Multimedia installation,

1998 EVA+, Limerick, Ireland with catalogue

1997 Arizona Biennial Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ  

1997 After Shock Tucson International Art Center, Tucson AZ

1997 Art on the Asphalt Crash Arts, Phoenix AZ

1995 -1997 Poston, Arizona, internet based art installation on the WWII Japanese and Japanese-American internment camp in Poston, Arizona

1995 Biennial Seven State Juried Exhibition, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson AZ



July 2023 Ukraine: A War Crime by multiple photographers  FotoEvidence 2023 book award winner

January 19, 2012 “Despite the Hardships” by Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly

Nov 2011 "The Border Project, Soundscapes, Landscapes and Lifescapes"  PBS Channel 6 Tucson, AZ

2006 “Scott Hopkins - Territorios fronterizos” Humboldt, Goethe Institute magazine, images and text, N°146, 48.

June 17, 2006 “Im Grenzbereich” by Jens Poggenpohl, Frankfurter Rundshau, interview and images

April 27, 2003 Interviewed about Oakland Homicide Memorial, Bay Area People, Channel 2

April 21, 2003 “Artists honor Oakland’s murder victims,” by Monique Beeler, Oakland Tribune, Oakland CA

July 20, 2000 “Green Fields of New York,” by Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, Dublin, Ireland,

June 15,1995 “Oddball Media,” by Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly, Tucson AZ USA,

1985 “Tibetan Travel,” Scott Hopkins, writing and reproductions, Ren Jen Magazine, Taiwan R.O.C.



2021 Hohokam Petrogylphs at Painted Rock Petroglyph Site

2018 Buffalo Soldiers at Camp Lockett, Campo California, 1942 to 1944

2017 Berkeley City College Food Pantry



November 2006 “Borders of Conflict and the role of Photography in Political Activism” Society for Photographic Education Western Regional  Conference, 2006, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA,

October 2005, “Photography and the Cultural Meanings with the Border Landscape” 24th Annual Conference of the Western Humanities Alliance,

1998 Artist talk, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, ,

1997 "Art and the Internet" Arthouse, Dublin, Ireland





1999 Millennium Public Art Commission, Antrim Borough Council, Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.

1997-2000 Artist Residency: Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin,Ireland

1997 Artist Residency: Tucson District Arts Partnership Tucson, AZ


I have a black belt in the Asian board game Go.