Sue Schaffner

DAM! (Dyke Action Machine!)

Visual Arts, 2000

Sue Schaffner was born in New York city and moved to suburbia one year later. Twenty years afterward, she escaped back to the city and has never left. Sue’s commericial photography (under the alias GIRL RAY) has been published widely in magazines and advertising and is licensed internationally by Getty Images and Corbis. In 1991, Schaffner and artist Carrie Moyer founded the public art-duo, DYKE ACTION MACHINE! (DAM!). Notable DAM! exhibitions include Mixing Messages at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Straight to Hell: 10 Years of Dyke Action Machine!, a retrospective originating at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Schaffner is an artist leader in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.

Awards and Accomplishments


Dyke Action Machine receives the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation


Dyke Action Machine (DAM!) receives the Anonymous Was a Woman Award