Women in Art: Remarkable Rebels and Trailblazers
Thursday, August 15th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph
Free and open to the public / Donations encouraged and appreciated
Women in Art: Remarkable Rebels and Trailblazers takes a lively look at several nationally and internationally famous women artists whose careers have spanned from the Late Renaissance to the present. The remarkable, inspirational stories of these talented, ambitious, dedicated women have established them as well-respected professionals in the history of art. The ingenious ways that these women artists have circumvented the severe cultural and social obstacles of their time have blazed a trail of opportunity and possibility for future women artists.
Women in Art: Remarkable Rebels and Trailblazers is presented by Susan Teague. Susan’s career as an artist has taken many unexpected, unplanned, delightful turns. Little did Susan know as a teenager in the sixties that she would be flying by the creative seat of her pants the rest of her life being led by faith, humor, sincerity and the love of art.
Susan has chosen to explore a variety of mediums during her 45 years as a professional artist. Ink, collage, acrylic, graphite, watercolor and print offer Susan the liberty to express her thoughts and feelings in different styles and techniques, moving her freely from tight to loose, playful to serious, sensuous to spiritual, colorful to toned greys, from massive to miniature. The Bronson Children’s Hospital murals, an expansive series of murals in excess of 9,000 square feet painted in vibrant colors with acrylic paint, and the 8’x16’ panel of color tissue paper goddesses hanging in the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Orlando, Florida are two examples of the artistic flexibility Susan enjoys so much.
Susan’s formal art training includes a B.S. in Fine Art from Western Michigan University; graduate studies in Fine Art at Murray State University; and Art Education from University of Kentucky at Lexington, Ky. Throughout the years Susan embraced the opportunity of studying with internationally recognized artists such as Martha Erlebacher, Jack Beal, and Michael Bergt. These tried and true artists have not only provided their expertise in helping her hone her artistic skills but they have strongly influenced the course of Susan’s artistic life.
Lastly, equal to Susan’s joy of creating art is her love for teaching. Over the past three decades Susan has been teaching and passing on the creative torch to students at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design and in the warm hearth of her home art studio.