Photograph by Tom Turner.
Currently living and working in Houston, Texas, Rebecca J. Hopp was born and raised in South Central Minnesota. She studied graphic design and advertising for two years at South Dakota State University before transferring to the University of Memphis to receive a bachelor’s degree in Advertising Photography. In 2013, Hopp graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. In 2015, she was appointed the Literacy Through Photography Program Coordinator for FotoFest International, where she had been working as a Teaching Artist since 2013.
Hopp is a passionate supporter of arts-based education and integration and has witnessed first-hand the power of the arts to engage students in understanding themselves and the world around them. Hopp’s commitment to arts education spans her career: while completing her graduate work, she served as a TEACH (Teaching Effectiveness and Career Advancement) Fellow at Texas Tech University and engaged in a community-enrichment project through the Ogallala Commons using photography to increase community awareness across the rural Great Plains. In 2014, Hopp was named a Houston Holocaust Museum Warren Fellow for Future Teachers.
Hopp’s prior professional experiences include serving as the gallery director of the SRO Gallery of Photography at Texas Tech University, where she also taught several fine art photography courses; working in community education and outreach at Houston Center for Photography; and serving as the in-house graphic designer at Baker Donelson law firm.