Sue Dean explores the world’s diverse cultures through art and travel. From 1985 to 2010, she solo backpacked for months at a time in foreign lands; she lived in Japan four years and in India. During that time, she produced small collages from local paper and textiles. Between journeys, Dean wrote, illustrated, designed, and published four small books, the Traveler series.
Prior to international travel, from 1974-84, Dean was sole teacher, grades 1-8, in a one-room school in the Arizona desert. Because she had developed a lasting bond with Santa Clara tribe in New Mexico, publishers of Johns Hopkins University’s Callaloo asked her to take photographs and write text for a Special Native American Section about pueblo pottery. Her Breakaway Thinking seminars combined original written and visual material.
Dean was selected to attend an intensive summer program for emerging artists at Creative Capital in New York in 2016. In 2017 her photograph of Neighbors was chosen as a winner of the New York MTA/Artists Unite subway poster contest. Her work has also been exhibited in group shows over the past few years, and her first solo exhibition took place earlier in 2019 at the Carter Burden Gallery (New York, NY).