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Oil on Linen 2011 30" x 27"



The language of painting embodies the morphology of form through process, materiality and its collaboration with the structure of space. Walking the line between abstraction and representation, the imagery of this series traces the interior of the human body, botany, digital distortion, and manufactured objects, collapsing their boundaries. The internal rationale of the painting changes and shifts, as though the form travels through a topologically stretched space, altering its shape in accordance with unseen mathematical operations. Resulting hybrid chimeric images acknowledge a present ethos of genetic and digital manipulation, reflecting the complex relationship of humans to their environment. This work seeks to mirror a current cultural perspective in which boundaries between organisms are increasingly blurred, and our awareness of digitally altered images makes us question the truthfulness of everything we see in visual culture. Musing on the interdependence of human and botanical, organic and inorganic systems in a conflicted embrace, this series provokes thought about cultural attitudes and perceptions of our place within nature.

(Chimera--In Greek mythology, a creature with the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a dragon.)



Sue Hettmansperger


1977-present The University of Iowa, Professor of Painting and Drawing


2014 Forthcoming One Person Show, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011, 2007, 2003, 1999, 1994, *A.I.R. Gallery, New York, (catalogue 1999) (one person)
2008-1989 A.I.R. Gallery Group Exhibits, New York
2005 Bowling Green State University Art Gallery, Ohio
2005 Northern Arizona University Museum of Art
2004 *South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (one person)
2003 Grinnell College Faulconer Art Gallery, Grinnell, Iowa (catalogue)
2002 University of Texas Art Gallery, San Antonio
1996, 1994, 1990 Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, Award 1996
1996 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Curator Susan Senseman
1995 *Artemisia Gallery, Chicago (one person)
1992 *CSPS Alternative Space, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (one person)
1992 Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Curator Lori Bartman.
1986 Evanston Art Center, Chicago
1984 Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago
1981 *Frumkin and Struve Gallery, Chicago (one person)


2013 Public Art Commission, Cedar Rapids Convention Center, IA
2012 The Corporation of Yaddo, Artist in Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY
2011 Nominated to Apply for Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; not funded
2010-2009 Iowa Arts Council Major Grant, Public Art, Kirkwood College
2008-09 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
2011, 2009, 2006, 2001 Arts & Humanities Initiative Grant, U. of Ia.
1999-1997 Faculty Scholar Award, University of Iowa
1992 U Cross Foundation, Artist in Residence, Wyoming
1990, 1976 Roswell Museum and Art Center, Artist Residencies, New Mexico
1983 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1977 MacDowell Colony Fellowship and Residence, New Hampshire


Des Moines Art Center
Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
U Cross Foundation, Wyoming
Grinnell College, IA
Illinois State University
University of Northern Iowa
Bowling Green State University, OH
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Borg-Warner Collection, Chicago
Albuquerque Art Museum
North Carolina National Bank
Continental Bank
University of Iowa Museum of Art
University of New Mexico Museum of Art
Susan and Louis Manilow
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art
United States Information Agency
Western Electric of New Jersey
TIAA CREF Corporate Collection
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art


New American Paintings, Midwest, Open Studios Press, 2010, 2005.
“Painting Now,” Panel Member. College Art Association Conference, New York, 2010.
Announcement,"John Simon Guggenheim 2008 Fellows", The New York Times, April 7, 2008, A 15.
N.E.A. Fellowship Slide Archive, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, DC, 1997