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Fitzsimmons grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. She began making sculpture after graduating from Southern Illinois University 1973 (Carbondale, Illinois) with MFA in Painting. She moved to Chicago where she studied with Nancy Spero and Ree Morton at the Chicago Art Institute. At Spero’s urging, she moved to New York in 1975. In 1977, Fitzsimmons had her first of several one person exhibitions at Just Above Midtown Gallery, a Gallery renowned for its stable of minority and women artists during the 1970’s, including David Hammons, Houston Conwill, Senga Nengudi, Howardina Pindell. Fitzsimmons’ sculpture was recognized for its early innovation in the use of cast Lucite and wood in reviews in Arts Magazine and Art News by Barbara Cavaliere, and in catalogs by Richard Stankiewicz, Linda G. Bryant and April Kingsley.
1982, she moved out of the lower East Side (Henry Street Settlement House where she was Artist- in- Residence) to upstate NY (Round Lake). She mentored at Empire State College, and had two sons in 1983 and 1985. As a single mother she worked full time at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs where she was Arts Mentor, then Associate Dean of Graduate Studies from 1985-1998. In 1999 after a short stint at RPI, she moved back home to St. Louis, Missouri.
St. Louis, Fitzsimmons did a series of performances at University of Missouri/St. Louis, Art COOP, Grandel Theatre, Lemp Art Center. In 2005 she moved to Hattiesburg MS to be Chair of the Art Department at University of Southern Mississippi. In 2010, she moved from Mississippi to Mc Allen, Texas to be Chair of Art at the University of Texas Pan American and then was selected as Director at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2013. While at UTPA, she received the Marialice Shary Shivers Endowed Chair of Art for the UT system. She started work in bronze in 2011. Her work is in the permanent collection of the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen Texas, Museum of San Angelo, Texas, State University of New York collection at Plattsburg, NY. Her sculptures have been exhibited in major museums and collections throughout the world. In 2017-2018, Fitzsimmons’ work was included in shows in Peschiera del Garda, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Mantua, Italy; Barcelona, Spain and Berlin, Germany. Her work is pictured in Sculpture Magazine 2018, Art ternational Magazine (May/June 2017, March/April 2017, Jan/Feb 2018, March/April2018), and "The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists” catalog, (Berlin, September 2017). Her last exhibition in Texas was reviewed in Sculpture Magazine in January/February 2016. Her work has received numerous prizes and grants including the International Award Caravaggio; (May 26, 2017); International Award Francisco Goya; International Award Dante Alighieri, Peschiera del Garda Biennale (April 1, 2017); Kerspit and Flemish Community Grant to Arts community in Ghent, Belgium; Fulbright CIES grant; Mississippi Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts; AFROTC Distinguished Educator’s Visit Ellsworth Air Force Base; New York State Council of the Arts; The Guggenheim Foundation; C.A.S.T.: Collaborations in Science and Technology, Syracuse University and New York State Council for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Henry Street Settlement House Foundation and New York City Arts Council: Artist in Residence.
Susan Fitzsimmons moved to Mobile, Alabama in 2017 where she is currently Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of South Alabama.
Susan Fitzsimmons - "Matrix of Destiny"
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