Su Su (MFA '15)

Alumni News: Su Su is Among Ten Finalists for The Bennett Prize

Su Su (MFA ’15) was recently named one of ten finalists from across the country for the $50,000 Bennett Prize for women artists who paint in the figurative realist style. The ten were selected from among 674 entrants by a four-member jury, which includes eminent realist painters Alyssa Monks and Katie O’Hagan, director of world-renowned The Andy Warhol Museum, Patrick Moore, and Prize co-founder Steven Bennett. The Prize is the largest art award ever offered solely to women figurative realist painters. 

The winner will be announced at the opening of an exhibition of the finalists’ work at the Muskegon Museum of Art from May 20 to September 12, 2021.  

The Bennett Prize spotlights women artists who are or seek to become full-time painters, but who have not yet achieved full professional recognition. The Prize is also designed to allow the public to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters working in the ever popular style of figurative realism.

Su Su received her MFA for costume design in 2015 from the School of Drama and has since remained a Pittsburgh resident. Ms. Su exhibits her works nationally and internationally, including recent solo and group shows in Pittsburgh, Denver, Chautauqua, and in the “State of the Art 2020” exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Su Su was nominated for Pittsburgh’s Emerging Artist of the Year (2017), the Eben Demarest Trust Award (2018), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2019), and her works have appeared in the publications JuxtapozArtpulse, and Galerie. Recently, she was profiled in a feature story by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in connection with The Bennett Prize. 

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