My art making is nearly always guided by a blending of recollections from my naive childhood and my intention to document particular details that reflect my deep admiration for uniforms, textiles and the objects of my youth.”
Sue Cranston of River Falls, WI, paints with acrylics, sometimes adding found papers and vintage ephemera. She received her BS in Elementary Education (Art Minor) from University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1992 and her BS in Broad Area Art Education from UWRF in 2014. Cranston teaches drawing, painting, and printmaking to grades 9-12 at Cretin-Derham School, St. Paul, MN.
“My art making is nearly always guided by a blending of recollections from my naive childhood and my intention to document particular details that reflect my deep admiration for uniforms, textiles and the objects of my youth. I am particularly eager to portray my childhood memories as a Brownie and a Girl Scout. Currently, I am expanding on a body of work that is all about the “American School Girl”. This is a series of acrylic and mixed-media paintings, digital art, and deconstructed school furniture that represents childhood experiences from a young girl’s perspective. Each piece features variations of symbolic evidence of vulnerability, earnestness, wholesomeness, honesty, pride, good intentions, ambition, commitment, and civic duty.”
Cranston’s work has been exhibited at Members Annual Show, ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN (2018); Janet Carson Gallery, Eau Claire, WI (2018); Arts in Harmony, Elk River, MN (2017, juried, Third Place Mixed Media); L.E. Phillips Library, Eau Claire, WI (2017, solo); ArtsWest 37, L.E. Phillips Library, Eau Claire, WI (2016, juried, Best in Show Award); Stillwater Art Guild Gallery (2016); Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2016); Hudson (WI) Hospital (2015); and Juried Student Exhibition , Gallery 101, UWRF (2014, Juror’s Award). Her art is in private collections across the US and in Sweden.