Sue Ferguson Gussow

Professor Emerita

Sue Ferguson Gussow, a figurative painter who works in a wide range of drawing and painting media, is a graduate of The Cooper Union, Columbia University and holds a Masters of Fine Art from Tulane University. Professor Gussow has served on the faculties of both the School of Art and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. She has also taught, lectured or served as visiting critic at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Bennington, New York University, Maryland Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, the Frick Collection, Tulane University, Alfred University, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and The Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. She currently teaches ARCH 178, the Advanced Drawing Seminar.

Professor Gussow's work is widely represented in the collections of various museums, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian, the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Free Library, the Frick Collection archive and has been represented in the Museum of Modern Art lending collection. Private collections that hold her work include those of the C.B.S. Building, Dore Ashton, Schuyler B. Chapin, Diana and David B. Rockefeller Jr., Carl Djerassi, Mary Schmidt Campbell and the estates of Van Deren Coke, Jeanette Rockefeller, Werner Kramarsky, Werner Muensterberger and John Hejduk. Notable among many solo exhibitions was the exhibit mounted at the Stanford Museum (1982–83) to honor her year at Stanford University as the Pamela Djerassi Visiting Artist. In 1997 a retrospective of Gussow’s work was exhibited at the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery of The Cooper Union. In conjunction with the exhibit, The Cooper Union published Draw Poker, an extensive portfolio of her drawings on that subject. She is the author of Architects Draw, Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.

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