Susan Newmark Fleminger is a visual artist and art educator who teaches seniors and adults in collage, artists books and drawing for Teachers & Writers Collaborative at senior centers, and for the YMCA Amory in Park Slope. This past year, she was awarded a Su Casa grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for a borough senior center in collaboration with a storyteller.
Prior to teaching adults, Susan was deputy director for visual arts and arts in education at Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement for 25 years, where she developed and supervised: programs for public schoolchildren in the performing and visual arts with teaching artists; a visual arts instruction program for all ages; a gallery of contemporary art; an artist- in-residence space program; staff development for Department of Education (DOE) teachers to integrate the arts and curriculum; and arts experiences for the Settlement’s social service programs. Highlights included an architecture and design/community arts program for fifth-graders; the creation of an arts mini-school within Seward Park High School (called LOMA); teaching American history as part of the Gotham Center of City University for DOE social studies and history teachers; a clay program for Henry Street’s mental health program; self-portraits at the battered women’s shelter; and an interactive educational play about AIDS for Henry Street at-risk youth.
Susan has exhibited her collages and artists books in many galleries, museums, and arts centers, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Parrish Museum, Center for Book Arts, Kentler Drawing Space, Figureworks Gallery, and the galleries of John Jay, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College. She had residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, Brydcliff, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center. She was guest curator of Rare Editions: The Book as Art at Lehman College Gallery/CCNY, organized many exhibitions at Henry Street, and was curator of Dialogues in the Visual Arts, an artists’ conversation series at Tribeca Performing Arts Center and Grand Army Plaza Library in Brooklyn.
Susan attended the High School of Music & Art and Pratt Institute, and received a BA from Hofstra University and an MA from Hunter College in fine art and art education. She was a board member of the Center for Book Arts and Elders Share the Arts, and is on the advisory board of Kentler International Drawing Space.