Sue Hammond West | 303.546.3585

Dean, School of the Arts | Chair, Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Core Faculty


BA in Visual Arts


MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BA, Indiana University

Sue is a painter and mixed media artist who combines art making with the energy of Buddhism and Yoga philosophy. At Naropa, she teaches and researches contemporary and ecstatic art forms, and how to infuse art with a palpable haunting presence. In addition to teaching at Naropa, Sue has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harshaw Creek in Arizona, and at the Steamboat Springs Mixed Media School. She has recently exhibited her work at: the Boulder Public Library; Radiance Group in Boulder; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; and at the University of Notre Dame Isis Gallery. Sue has received awards from the NEA, Indiana Arts Commission, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sue illustrated Michelle Naka Pierce’s She: A Blueprint.

Areas of Specialization

Mixed Media

From the Heart

Risk comes from clearing distractions, creating a clear mind and taking action on the authentic path in making art. Students will risk everything to realize their master-work of art. Revelation comes when realizing the elements the student considers to be highest possible outcome in their art. Through the study of artistic truth, risk and revelation is at the forefront of action. Students will be supported to make professional art at Naropa, without doing what is easy, beyond their own attachments, in order to make art that is beyond the personal and relevant to the world.

Recent Publications

book She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with poetry by Michelle Naka Pierce is a text/image collaboration; her other publications include Inquiring Mind, Shambhala Times, Not Enough Night, Sous Rature, Foursquare, and Mandorla exhibitions include Mizel Museum, Denver; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Virginia Tech, Perspective Gallery; Leady Art Center, Kansas City; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and University of Notre Dame Isis Gallery

Courses Taught

Warrior Artist: Risk and Revelation in Studio Art
Advanced Studio Practice
Portfolio and Gallery Presentation

  		Sue Hammond