Susan E. King

Susan E. King
BornApril 15, 1947
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
EducationUniversity of Kentucky (BA)
University of New Mexico (MA in art)
Known forArtist, author, educator
AwardsNational Museum of Women in the Arts Book Fellowship, 2001;
National Endowment for the Arts Small Press Grant; Vesta Award from the Woman's Building[1]

Susan E. King is an artist, educator and writer who is best known for her artist's books.

Early life and education

King grew up in Kentucky.[2] She received a B.A. in Ceramics from University of Kentucky and a master's degree in Art from University of New Mexico.


Artist and educator

At the University of New Mexico, she taught one of the first Women and Art courses[3][better source needed] in the U.S. in 1973. For several years she taught letterpress printing at Otis College of Art and Design. She lectures, teaches workshops and has been an artist-in-residence[4] at numerous art centers and universities around the U.S.[5]

She came to California to be part of the Feminist Art Program at the Woman's Building, where she held the position of Studio Director of the Women's Graphic Center.[2][better source needed][6][7]


She publishes books through the Paradise Press imprint and currently divides her time between Kentucky and California.[2][8] Her books are often memoirs about travel.[9] One of her well-known books, Treading the Maze, An artist's journey through breast cancer,[10][11][12] published by Chronicle was created as what she calls "a journey through the land of cancer."[13] King has been written about in The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques, representing master craftsmen at the Penland School of Crafts.[14]

A National Endowment for the Arts grant was awarded to a collaborative team with Sheila Levrant de Bretteville and Bettye Saar.[15] She was awarded a book production grant from the Women's Studio Workshop[16][17] and the Visual Studies Workshop in 1984.[18] She also won a book production grant from Nexus Press.[19] In 2000, she was awarded the Early Times Scholarship Travel Grant from the Kentucky Arts and Craft Foundation.[citation needed] She was awarded a book fellowship in 2001 from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.[20][21] She was awarded a Small Press Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.[18]

Her artist books are included in the collections of major libraries, like those at Harvard University,[22] and the Getty Research Library.[23][24] They are also among the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum London,[25][26] Brooklyn Museum of Art,[27] and Otis College of Art and Design Library in Los Angeles.[28]



  1. ^ "Timeline 1984-1987". the Woman's Building. the Woman's Building. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Susan King Bio". Susan King Art. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Susan E. King". Granary Books. Granary Books. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Susan E. King". Headlands Center for the Arts. Headlands Center. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  5. ^ Sapienza, Connie, "Kentucky Book Artist Talks Fine Press Printing, Feminist Art Movement", UK Happenings, University of Kentucky Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ Walkup, Kathleen (2011). "Books in a New Language" in From Site to Vision (PDF). Otis College of Art and Design. pp. 267–298. ISBN 978-0930209230. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  7. ^ Recinos, Eva. "A New Exhibit Traces the Influence of Zines and Books on L.A.'s Art Scene". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Celebrated Book Artist Susan E. King To Give "Lessons a la Mode" at Scripps College". Scripps College. Scripps College. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  9. ^ Ressler, Susan R. (2003). Women Artists of the American West. McFarland. ISBN 9780786410545. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Treading the Maze Book Review". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  11. ^ Petro, Pamela (September 1997). "Review: Healing Correspondences". The Women's Review of Books. 14 (12): 7–8. JSTOR 4022774.
  12. ^ Cathy, Courtney (March 1998). "Stresses and Strains". Art Monthly. 13 (214): 37–38 – via Art Index (H.W. Wilson).
  13. ^ King, Susan E. "Artist Statement". Women Artists of the American West. Perdue University. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  14. ^ LaFerla, Jane; Gunte, Veronika Alice (2008). The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN 9781600593000. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  15. ^ Hayden, Dolores (1997). The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 172. ISBN 9780262581523. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Women and Cars". Women's Studio Workshop. Women's Studio Workshop. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Artist alumna1983". Womens Studio Workshop. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Susan E. King The Ephemerist's Salon Printed Ephemera and Artist's Books". Abecedarian Gallery. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  19. ^ Villarreal, Ignacio. "'Susan King: Chronicles of a Southern Feminist' on display at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  20. ^ "Library Fellows Award Winning Selections" (PDF). National Museum of Women in the Arts. NMWA. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Susan King's "Redressing the Sixties, (art)lessons a la mode"". [email protected]. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Artist's Books: Selected Titles: Susan E. King". Research Guides. Harvard University. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Women and cars / compiled by Susan E. King". Special Collections. Getty Research Institution. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Pacific Legend/Susan E. King". Getty Research Institute Collection. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Special Collections: Susan E. King, 79 books, Journals, Archives Digital Collections". Getty Museum Research Institute. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  26. ^ King, Susan Elizabeth. "Support living artists : 1987; California (published) Date: 1987 (published) Artist/Maker: King, Susan Elizabeth, Paradise Press". Acquisition number 38041988037040. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  27. ^ Lawrence, Deirdre. "Artists' Books at the Brooklyn Museum of Art" (PDF). New York Art Resources Consortium. Centre for Fine Arts Research, 2001. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  28. ^ "Books by Susan E. King". Otis Collections Online. Otis College of Art and Design. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  29. ^ "Paradise & Purgatory : west meets east at the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 7 thru February 28, 1986 : Purgatory Pie Press, catalogue 1977-1986". Metropolitan Digital Collections. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  30. ^ CURTIS, CATHY. "Never Judge a Book by Its Cover-if It Has One". Los Angeles Times ART REVIEW. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  31. ^ "Graphic Arts Collection". Princeton University Library. Princeton University Library. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  32. ^ "The Artist Turns to the Book". Museum Home: Past Exhibitions. J. Paul Getty Museum. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  33. ^ Rossman, Jae Jennifer (2005). 30 years of innovation : a survey of exhibition history at the Center for Book Arts, 1974-2004. N.Y.: Center for Book Arts.
  34. ^ "Women and Cars". Millard Sheets Library. Otis College of Art and Design. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  35. ^ Carlson, Daisy (2012). Exploding the codex: the theater of the book. San Francisco Center for the Book. ISBN 978-0988206700.
  36. ^ "Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California". Current Exhibitions. Craft and Folk Art Museum. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  37. ^ Vallejo, Linda. "Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California". The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) Los Angeles, CA. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  38. ^ Recinos, Eva (February 7, 2017). "A New Exhibit Traces the Influence of Zines and Books on L.A.'s Art Scene". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  39. ^ "Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books". Ben Maltz Gallery Exhibition Archive. Otis College of Art and Design. Retrieved 23 January 2017.

Further reading

  • American Craft Council. "The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques." October/November 2005.
  • "Artists' writings: Susan E. King's I spent the summer in Paris. Art Journal. Winter90, Vol. 49, p348-355.
  • Carmin, James H., and Joan Stahl. Book Review: HIGH TENSION/THIS IS NOT AMERICA: EITHER/TREADING THE MAZE. Art Documentation: Bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America; Spring 1994, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p41-41.
  • Courtney, Cathy. "Stresses and Strains," Art Monthly; March 1998, Issue 214, p37-38.
  • CAA. Reviews. "Book Art Biennial 2009: Mature Content--The Artist's Book as Advocate Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN July 25, 2009. January 20, 2010.
  • D'Amico, Amanda. "Book Art Biennial 2009: Mature Content—The Artist's Book as Advocate". CAA. Reviews. College Art Association. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  • Drucker, Johanna, The Century of Artist's Books, Granary Books, 1995, p. 139.
  • "Healing Correspondences," Women's Review of Books, Vol. XIV, no. 12, September 1997.
  • Healy, Eloise Klein, "Travel Diaries of a Prodigal Daughter", Zyzzyva, Vol. V, no. 1.
  • Hoffberg, Judith. "Susan E. King," ArtScene, Los Angeles, June 1994.
  • Hubert, Judd D.; Hubert, Renée Riese, "The Book, the Museum, and Public Art," SubStance, # 82, Vol. XXVI, no. 1, 1997.
  • Hubert, Renée Riese in collaboration with Judd D. Hubert, "Susan King's Marriage of True Minds and Clarissa Sligh's Open House Biography," (auto)biographical Writing and the Artist's Book, AbraCadaBrA, Journal of Alliance for Contemporary Book Arts, Spring 1996.
  • Kort, Michele. "Georgia on my Mind," Distaff column, L.A. Weekly, November 8, 1985, p. 14.
  • Petro, Pamela. "Books as Works of Art," Atlantic, October 1990.
  • Ressler (Ed.), Susan R. (2003). Women Artists in the American West. McFarland & Company. p. 186. ISBN 978-0786410545.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Stuttaford, Genevieve; Simson, Maria; Zaleski, Jeff (March 10, 1997). "Treading the Maze: An Artist's Journey Through Breast Cancer". Nonfiction Book Review. Publishers Weekly. pp. 54–55.
  • Tovish, Nina. "Envisioning the Word: Books as Works of Art," The Bookpress, Vol 3, no. 4, May 1993.

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