Sue Dean’s life experience is reflected in her art. The totems she builds celebrate the diversity of people and styles she’s seen throughout the world. Totems take shape on recycled industrial cardboard tubes and rusty rebar, with layered textile scraps, paint, and found objects. Sue's passion for human dignity motivated her long ago to establish and teach in an eight-grade, one-room school. It was also foundation for years of solo backpacking throughout Turkey, Bosnia, Greece, India, Scotland, England, and Japan, and in maintaining connections with people she met. Sue has been included in events at a Native American pueblo for decades. In Japan for four years, she absorbed centuries of history and arts through daily life in Tokyo and in remote villages, where she visited Living Legends of the arts. In India, she volunteered for women’s NGO’s to help change the effects of poverty and harmful belief systems. On the road, she creates paper-and- thread collages and textile hangings, in the spirit of each place. To share stories of her journeys, Sue wrote, illustrated, and published four small books, the Traveler series. Her art has been in juried group shows, Creative Capital Summer Intensive, and Poetry Slams. Her photograph of totems was chosen as a subway poster winner in 2017. Sue Dean advances the cause of world peace through sculpture and textiles, written and spoken word.
- March 8-29: "Spirited,"group show, Carter Burden Gallery, NYC, 2018
- "Better with Age," Maggi Peyton Gallery, Juried Group Show, Municipal Building, NYC. 2017
- Commissioned, Citizen of the World, 6' Totem for Fund-raiser, Fort Washington Collegiate Church, NYC, 2017
- MTA - Artists Unite subway poster juried contest winner, NYC, 2017
- Senior Planet Short Story selection and Poetry Slam, NYC, 2017
- Visual Artist, Creative Capital Summer Intensive, NYC. 2016
- A.I.R., Women's Caucus for Art, "Who's Afraid of Feminism?" Juried Online Gallery and print catalog, 2015
- Archived and presented the art of Agatha Wojciechowsky
- Wrote, illustrated, designed, published four books: The Traveler - Glowing Power, Spirit of Play, River of Love, Shining Wealth
- Marian Naranjo, Potter. Callaloo 17.1, 285-289, Published text, photos for special Native American section,
- Tamarind, New Mexico, lithographs; collage magazine cover in Japan; textile NGO help in India
- Created collages for gift and barter, traveling and living in different cultures
- Designed clothing for boutique, Scottsdale, Arizona.
- Acrylic paintings chosen for juried Southwest Regional Show
- Founded, directed The Foothills School, taught grades K-8 in one room - academics, the arts, fitness, weekly field trips for ten years.
- Completed degree B.S. Education, Library Science, Arizona State University.
- Joined Mensa for personal and professional enrichment, benefits for her students.