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Sue Coe
2019
FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT
Juror

Sue Coe

Bio

Sue Coe is one of the foremost political artists working today. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s and made it her home; in 2012 she became an American citizen. Sue Coe has always been ahead of the curve on social issues, her art a conduit for her progressive politics. Thinking of herself as an activist first and artist second, Sue has trained her gaze on a wide variety of ills from the first, translating such diverse topics as the perils of apartheid, the life of Malcolm X, and the horror that is the American meat industry into artworks, exhibitions and books.

Coe’s graphic art and unblinking politics struck nerves when it appeared throughout the 1980’s and continues to do so today. An illustrator since moving to the United States from England in 1972, Sue’s reputation by the early 90’s allowed her to set her own agenda with hereditors, and Sue’s illustrations from that time period reflect this conflation, with politically pointed illustrations gracing the pages of a variety of disparate publications, including The New YorkTimes, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Progressive, The Nation among countless others. By the late 80’s Sue had been featured on the cover of Art News and her work appeared in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a 1992 retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.
KKK
Sue Coe: The Ku Klux Klan 1895-1985
Copyright © 1985 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York

Through printmaking, Sue found a way to serve a broad audience, disseminating her messages through affordably-priced prints accessible to people of all financial means. Numerous books and visual essays published over the years have served a similar purpose; over the past two decades, book projects have included Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a scathing critique of the Bush administration, as well as the book Sheep of Fools… a song cycle for 5 voices (2005), which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain. “MAD AS HELL!,” Sue Coe’s 2012 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, concomitantly published by O/R Books in book form as Cruel, is a continued, critical look at the animal industry, built upon her groundbreaking book Dead Meat (1996). Sue Coe’s latest book, The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto (2016), features close to 100 original woodcuts and linocuts advocating for animal abolition; Zooicide: Seeing Cruelty, Demanding Abolition (2018), was published this past October.

soup

Sue Coe: NY Soup Kitchen a Week Before Christmas
Copyright © 1992 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Sue Coe: Selection for Slaughter
Copyright © 1991 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
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HOST OF
THE FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT

REECE MUSEUM
Reece Museum
Reece Museum

For more than 80 years the Reece Museum has told the many stories of Appalachia. Housing over 20,000 artifacts, the Reece collection captures the region's past as well as its contemporary art and culture.

As one of the first museums in Tennessee to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Reece continues to meet AAM's high standards of excellence.  Currently, the Reece is one of only twleve museums in Tennessee to receive this accreditation.

Reece Museum
https://www.etsu.edu/cas/cass/reece/
East Tennessee State University 
Box 70660 
Johnson City, TN 37614 
(423) 439-4392 
(423) 439-4283 (fax)   

etsu.edu/maps/etsu_campusmap.html
 
THE ROBERT J. ALFONSO AWARD
JACK SCHRADER AWARD
DOROTHY CARSON AWARD
SAMMIE L. NICELY APPALACHIAN AWARDAVERY HEALTHCARE & THE ARTS AWARD
FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT COLLECTION

 
 
 
 
 

War

Sue Coe: War
Copyright © 1991 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
twitter in cheif
Sue Coe: Tweeter in Chief
Copyright © 2017 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Strike
Sue Coe: Strike
Copyright © 1980 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York

reward

Sue Coe: Reward for Just Following Orders
Copyright © 2018 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York
alternative facts
Sue Coe: Alternative Facts
Copyright © 2017 Sue Coe
Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York

In 2013, Sue Coe was awarded the prestigious Dickinson College Arts Award in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Sue also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art in 2015, and more recently, was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking Award by The Southern Graphics Council in Atlanta, Georgia. The highly praised exhibition “ALL GOOD ART IS POLITICAL” at the Galerie St. Etienne, which paired Ms. Coe’s work alongside that of revered German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz, ended last March, and Ms. Coe’s work received rave reviews in her recent solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, “Sue Coe: Graphic Resistance,” which closed September 9, 2018.

Other publications include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983), X (1986), Police State (1987), and Pit’s Letter (2000), The Ghosts of our Meat (2013)