Susan Chouteau is the youngest in a family of ten artists. Her mother, Mary Anne, is an accomplished musician and English major who was our first teacher of how to live a meaningful life. My father, Thomas Francis, is a Professor of Art who taught all of his children at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He received his graduate art education at the University of Iowa in printmaking, drawing, and art history—Susan did not fall far from his tree.
Susan is a teaching artist herself—having come straight from receiving her M.A and M.F.A. degrees at UI to Xavier University in Cincinnati. Susan made a living as a graphic designer and illustrator all through her undergraduate and graduate careers. There has never been a time in her life that she hasn’t made art—it is my occupation and preoccupation. Susan's continuous investigation and learning as an artist and art historian is critical to her success as a teacher—this is what she models to students by her own studio practice and active exhibition record, as well as in travel to museums and collections.