Susan Banks

Sculptor
Date: 
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Susan Banks

Susan Banks

Susan Banks is a native of South Florida and has been working in Ceramics for over 30 years. Her sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and she is the recipient of two Florida State Individual Artist Fellowships. Her work is included in many private and Museum collections. Other achievements include several site specific collaborative environmental Art projects in the Miami area such as Brittle Star Park:Downtown Miami, Windscape:Noguchi Park / Bayfront Park and Sculpture in the Landscape, University of Miami.
She designed a ceramic tile mural for Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor Elementary School “Growing with Technology” and the American Cancer Society “Michael’s Garden” both as fund raising projects. She received a BFA from Florida International University and an MFA from the University of Miami in Ceramics. She is a Senior Associate Professor in Visual Arts at the New World School of the Arts where she has taught for 20 years. In 2006 she was awarded a prestigious Endowed Teaching Chair.
“After two years of College I decided to spend some time out in the world traveling. Little did I know that my journeys would take me across the world for the next 10 years. On my second trip back to Europe in 1973 at the age of twenty-one, I traveled from Istanbul, Turkey to Kabul, Afghanistan by “Magic Bus” with 40 other travelers from all over the world.
This journey included 6 months in India and Nepal. At this time the world was peaceful in these places and the landscape pristine and expansive. In Nepal I hiked half way to the base camp of Mount Everest but unexpected circumstances caused me to terminate the trek after 7 days. Flying over the mountain ranges of the Himalays back to Kathmandu made the retreat bearable.
Someday I would like to complete my trek to the mother mountain. In 1979 I spent a year living aboard a 50 foot Ketch Sailboat built and launched in Taiwan culminating in a Pacific crossing from Japan to the Channel Islands off the California coast. The crossing took 52 days. Since that time adventure travel has always been an integral aspect of my life and artist inspiration”. “First and foremost I am an artist. My students have taught me to be a great teacher”.