Sue Long is a multimedia artist. She began her artistic life in her early childhood, and received her degree of fine arts in 1979. Over the years she has studied in many areas including oil painting, acrylics, watercolors, stained and fused glass, ceramic and mosaic tile, handmade paper, and fiber sculpture using a process she created. With this knowledge she has combined the skills and techniques to produce an extensive array of artwork. She is currently working with clay building sculptures in a variety of sizes.
Sue has exhibited her work throughout the Midwest in numerous galleries, museums and competitions, and has won an assortment of awards for her mosaics and 3-D sculptures.
She is noted for her strong sense of design, and her unusual use of natural materials. She is a serious and focused artist, producing intriguing artwork.
Sue was a partner in the Okemos art school, “Wyrd Sisters Arts” during the early 90s, and taught children’s art classes during the summer months at Kresge Art Museum from 2000-2007.
In the summer of 2005 she spent time working with the master artist, Mark Chatterley of Williamston, Michigan. Mark is a sculptor who works with life-size abstract figurative ceramics. He successfully shows and sells his work throughout the United States and other countries.
Mark became Sue’s mentor and pushed her as an artist to build larger sculptures. Under his guidance she developed The Penis Project - Exposure and Exploitation of Men. This project is a social commentary of over 100 sculptures, and it brings a new perspective on the differences between how men women are exploited and exposed in films and other media. Exposing the penis is her reaction to this unjust exploitation.
Sue lives in Okemos, Michigan with her husband Ralph. They like to travel, visit art galleries, museums, and the theater. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.