I made my first artist’s book at age twelve, an illustrated journal of a train trip in Mexico, and have been interested in making books since that time. My art education was somewhat non-traditional at first – I worked with Fort Mason Printmakers in San Francisco, designed and manufactured lighting, and designed and built a remote-site adobe house before returning to my university art studies.
Growing up in the desert, the sky, the mountains and the horizon were central to my being. As a child, I’d go on long driving trips from El Paso with my father, and the sense of space that existed driving through the desert was something that I loved. I think the intensity of the light, the vibrancy of the sky contrasted with the sparseness of the vegetation forced a closer look and encouraged my further investigation into looking at the natural world by focusing on individual elements and enlarging them.
Susan Davidoff received her Master of Fine Arts in painting from New Mexico State University and currently teaches drawing and design at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Mid-America Arts Alliance – NEA Fellowship and the Pollock-Siquieros Bi-National Art Award. In addition to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, her work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the University of New Mexico.
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New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA (1985-1989)
University of Texas, El Paso, TX, USA (1981-1985)
Fort Mason Printmakers Workshop, San Francisco, CA, USA (1974-1978)
University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA (1972-1973)
Fellowship, Ford Foundation, New York, NY, USA (1996)
Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA (1994)
Grant, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO, USA (1994)