Susan Luss
Class of 2016
El Paso, Texas New York, NY

Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Alabama, Luss has lived in New York since 1983 during which time she had a professional career in Sales and Marketing. In 2009, Luss left the corporate world to attend Pratt Institute where she received her BFA in Studio Arts Painting (2013). She lives with her husband Gerald Luss in New York City and maintains a studio in Long Island City, Queens. Her work has been shown in recent exhibitions in the New York City, Brooklyn and Vermont.

<p>I am currently working on developing the relationship between the construction of my work and writing about that process. How being in the work under construction and subsequently outside the work in reflection, lead to perspective differences and raise questions not only about process but also allows for a deeper understanding of the materiality of her work. The works become places that contain layers of texture, each as metaphor of the living experience.</p>
Susan Luss, class of 2016

The MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Our main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

The MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support. 

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