Susan Mikula may not be among the faces you are familiar with on TV screens but she has been a popular figure since the late 90s. Her rise to popularity is partly because of her career as an artist but majorly for the romantic relationship she shares with the popular television personality Rachel Maddow, the host of a popular show titled The Rachel Maddow Show. Susan is Maddow’s partner for about two decades and their love lives have been a good source of inspiration to many of their kind. In fact, they could be listed among the longest gay partners we have so far.
The couple met for the first time in 1999 when Mikula hired Maddow who at that time was doing some odd jobs while trying to get her doctoral dissertation. Susan hired Rachel to help her with some yard work at her home in the Berkshires but since then, the two has continued to wax stronger each passing of the day. Rachel Maddow is now a TV host and political commentator, best known for her work on MSNBC, as its special event anchor while her partner is into photography. While we look into the duo’s love story, lets take a deeper look into the life of the less-talked-about celebrity, Susan Mikula.
Who is Susan Mikula – Rachel Maddow’s Partner?
Born on March 7, 1958 and raised in the urban industrial area of New Jersey, Susan Mikula is an artist and photographer of American nationality. She is best known for her use of old-fashioned technologies like pinhole cameras and Polaroid cameras to produce her own artistic photographs. After moving with her parents to New Hemisphere at an early age, Mikula had her college education at the Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She learnt about photography by her own self but was taught colour theory back in her college years. Though she does not hold any degree in photography, Susan Mikula worked hard to achieve her dream of becoming a successful artist. To Susan, becoming a great artist and photographer was as important as becoming a renowned TV host is to her partner, Maddow.
Susan Mikula Career
Mikula began her career in photography in 1998 after years of working as an accountant for a firm. She joined a group show at State of the Arts ’98 Oregon where her works were displayed in group exhibitions in different places, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. The same year, she had her first solo exhibition which was entitled Lux in Tenebris, at Northampton Center for the Arts.
Sussan’s photographs are unique in their own ways. Using Polaroid films, Susan only works with available light and her photos which are mostly out of focus, are not manipulated or cropped but it covers essential feelings and form of her subject. Through her experience in photography and the peculiarity of her piece, Susan got a job to do site-specific works in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for the U.S. Consulate. The works were later commissioned in 2017, by the Art in Embassies program that hired her.
Susan is the author of three books and they include Susan Mikula: u.X, Susan Mikula: Photographs, Susan Mikula: American Bond. Her other works include Thrill Show One, Thrill Show Two, Picture Book, Kilo and many more.
Susan has successfully established herself in the field of photography through her unconventional vintage art gallery and as a result, she has earned a good fortune from it. Some online sources put Mikular’s net worth at $5 million but there are no details of how much she earned from her work for the U.S. Consulate. Her longtime partner Rachel who has been working with the MSNBC cable network has a net worth of about $20 million with an annual salary of about $7 million. Her nightly cable TV program The Rachel Maddow Show is MSNBC’s most successful show debut to date.
Susan’s partner Rachel has many awards and award nominations, including the Emmy awards, John Steinbeck Award and the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, to name a few. In 2012 she became a best-selling author after her book titled Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, which gives a cross-examination of American policy and legislation in the recent decades.
After their first date at a National Rifle Association event, the couple has remained in love with each other. They moved to an old farmhouse in rural Massachusetts.