Susanna Coffey

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'Water Years 1' oil on linen painting by Susanna Coffey, 2006, private collection

Susanna J. Coffey (born 1949) is an American artist who was born in New London, Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Connecticut in 1977 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Art in 1982. She teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in New York City.[1] She was elected into the National Academy of Design in 1999.[2]

Coffey is best known for her paintings of heads―often self-portraits, such as her Self Portrait [Versace [Canal] Scarf] in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Like many of her paintings, this 1996 self-portrait is a frontal view, lit from behind. The Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio, the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, the Brauer Museum of Art in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, the National Academy of Design in New York City, the Rockford Museum in Rockford, Illinois, the Weatherspoon Art Gallery in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts are among the public collections holding work by Susanna Coffey.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Strand, Mark, Essay, Susanna Coffey: Recent Work, New York, André Emmerich, 2003.
  • Tibor De Nagy Gallery, Susanna Coffey, New York, Tibor De Nagy Gallery, 2001.


  1. ^ Sammet, Jennifer. "Riffing Off Symmetry: A Conversation with Susanna Coffey." Hyperallergic RSS. N.p., 26 Jan. 2013. Web. 01 Nov. 2014.
  2. ^ Susanna J. Coffey in
  3. ^ The artist's website

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