Sue Fuller Biography

Sue Fuller




Sue Fuller, painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 11, 1914. She received her B.A. degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1936 and her M.A. degree from Columbia University's Teachers College in 1939. In the summer of 1934 she studied with Hans Hofmann and during 1943 she worked with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 at the New School in New York and the following year she studied design with Joseph Albers. She later studied glass blowing, calligraphy, and lace making. Her first solo exhibition was at the Village Art Center in New York in 1947.

While working at Atelier 17, Fuller experimented with adding textures to the soft grounds of her intaglio plates. Her curiosity led her to study lace making, which further led to string constructions and her pioneering work in the development of embedding delicate threads within synthetic plastic.

Fuller received a Tiffany Fellowship in 1948, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in 1949, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Grant in 1950, and the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Award of Merit in 1974. She was a member of the Society of American Etchers, the Society of American Graphic Artists, and the Artists Equity Association. She taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Georgia, Columbia University Teachers College, Pratt Institute and the Museum of Modern Art.

Her work is represented in the collections of the New York Public Library; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Tate Gallery, London; the Library of Congress; the Fogg Museum of Harvard University; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Carnegie Institute; the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Academy of Design, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Sue Fuller died in Southampton, New York on April 19, 2006.