Professor Emerita

Susan Moore

We deeply mourn the loss of Professor Emeritus of Painting Susan Moore, who passed away on September 29, 2022.

Susan Moore was a painter whose evolving group of portraits combined painting, photography and collage. Each portrait was painted individually and has a particular presence even as they related to each other, catching a distinct light and texture in their own space. Her works continued to explore the tensions, revelations, intersections and disconnects of individuality and anonymity. 

Moore was the recipient of numerous grants including the BaderFund Fellowship; four Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships; a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Mid-Atlantic NEA. Moore’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; The Pennsylvania Convention Center and the New York Public Library. She had a major retrospective at Denison University in Ohio in 2019, which included 40 years of work and over 60 paintings and drawings.

Mark Shetabi, Associate Professor of Painting and Director of Tyler at Temple Rome, writes, "Susan was a great artist, dear friend, strong colleague, and an insightful and impactful teacher in Tyler’s painting program for many decades. Her presence and fast and wicked sense of humor are fondly remembered. Susan’s large figurative drawings and paintings, with heavily worked surfaces and sumptuous color passages, explored themes of intimacy and distance. Her confident drawing was always a mainstay in her work."

There will be a memorial service on November 13 in Philadelphia. Details to come.
MFA, University of California at UC Davis, 1979
BFA, Indiana University, 1977

Selected Awards
Bader Fund Fellowship (2003)

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1989)

Selected Award
Moore, S. (2019). Susan Moore: A Portrait Retrospective 1980-2019. Denison University 
     Artspace, Newark, OH, February 1–March 8, 2019.

Moore, S. (2014). Sub Rosa and Double Persona. Spazio Galleria Aquadro, Rome, Italy,
     May 13–May 26, 2014.


Image credit: Stephanie Price