Sue Ferguson Gussow

Professor Emerita

Sue Ferguson Gussow is a figurative painter working in a wide range of drawing and painting media. She is Professor Emerita at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union where she teaches the Advanced Drawing Seminar. She has taught, lectured, or served as visiting critic at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Bennington, Maryland Art Institute, Pratt Institute, RISD, Parsons School of Design, Tulane University, New York University, Alfred University, University of Pennsylvania, the Frick Collection, Stony Brook University, the Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture (Copenhagen, Denmark), the Aarhus School of Architecture (Aarhus, Denmark), and the EPFL School of Architecture (Lausanne, Switzerland). 
Numerous museums and collections hold her work, including the Brooklyn Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Dallas Museum of Fine Art; Seattle Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art; New Orleans Jazz Museum; Philadelphia Free Library; Frick Collection Archive; and the Museum of Modern Art lending collection. Her work is represented in the private collections of the CBS Building, Schuyler B. Chapin, Diana and David Rockefeller Jr., Mary Schmidt Campbell, Jane and Morley Safer, and the estates of Dore Ashton, Werner Kramarsky, Van Deren Coke, Carl Djerassi, Jeanette Rockefeller, Werner Muensterberger, and John Q. Hejduk. 
Her notable solo exhibitions include the New Orleans Museum of Art (1966); Stanford Museum (1983)—honoring her year at Stanford University as the Pamela Djerassi Visiting Artist (1982-83); a 40-year retrospective in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery at The Cooper Union (1997)—reviewed in The New York Times by Paul Goldberger; and the Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, New Jersey, 2015)—reviewed in The Star Ledger by Dan Bischoff. Her most recent solo exhibit at Front Art Space (Manhattan, April 2017) was reviewed in LUXE by Barbara Stehle. A major exhibition of her work will be held in the Houghton Gallery in October 2023.
Gussow is the author of Draw Poker (The Cooper Union, 1997) and Architects Draw (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008). A second edition of Architects Draw (B/Gilbert Hansen, Copenhagen) is scheduled for publication in November 2023.
In 2017 Gussow was honored by alumni of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, who endowed the Sue Ferguson Gussow Scholarship to be awarded to an architecture student annually. 

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