April 14, 2015
Alumna Susan Harrison, Class of 1981, visited the MFS Art Studio on April 8 to share her knowledge of printmaking. Susan talked about her life as a professional artist and demonstrated printmaking techniques for Middle and Upper School students.
Susan is the Director of Brick Street Art Studios in New Albany, IN, where she offers courses, workshops, and mentoring to artists of all ages. She is the Visual Art Chair of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, and she has developed comprehensive visual art curricula for elementary, secondary, and university students. Susan enjoys mentoring students for years at a time as they develop their art and design portfolios for competitive programs.
“I believe that the problem solving skills developed via art, photography, and design processes not only result in happier and higher achieving life-long learners, but also in more confident, self-directed and motivated artists,” said Susan. “I feel successful as an art mentor and coach when students leave my studio with a strong sense of their individual aesthetic.”
In addition to her current positions, Susan previously served as Upper School Art & Digital Media Teacher at Louisville Collegiate School; Admissions Counselor & Teacher Certification Program Advisor at North Park University; Studio Art & Photography Instructor at Fort Worth Country Day School; and Circulation Manager at Print Graphic Design Magazine. She also taught a course for students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked as a graduate teaching assistant in 3D art at the University of Tennessee.
Susan has been an artist-in-residence at a number of well-known organizations, including the Illinois Art Council, DuPage Children’s Museum, and The Knoxville Museum of Art. She has a master’s of fine arts from the University of Tennessee, a bachelor’s in fine arts from Corcoran College of Art & Design, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.