Susan Watt Grade

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.

Susan Watt Grade creates sculptural installations and mixed media, assemblage artworks, many with an environmental theme. She is interested in how our society’s products and architectural structures mimic nature, and likes to work with salvaged materials and multiples of objects. She is also interested in arts and environmental education as wall as incorporating community outreach into her installations.



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About My Work:

“Through products and built structures, people seem to be re-creating their own natural world. I am interested in revealing our “human-made landscapes” through art-making. My hope is that viewers consider the meaning of our discarded objects, relate their findings to their own stories, and recognize their systems of value. “


Artist-in-residence Summer Workshop with Youth, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum in St. Louis; Indianapolis Art Center Exhibitions Associate; 2003-Present



Finalist for City of Indianapolis and Arts Council of Indianapolis’ “Great Ideas Public Art Competition


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