Sue Reno

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Sue Reno

Sue Reno is a fiber artist from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


Rich and intricate art quilts reflect her local environment and incorporate imagery drawn from her studies of botany, wildlife, historic architecture, and the Susquehanna River.

She employs surface design techniques including cyanotype, mono printing, digital image transfer, and needle felting as the basis for works that also incorporate hand painted fabrics, hand and machine stitching, and beadwork.

She was one of the first group of artists involved in the fiber art postcard phenomenon and was interviewed about this topic for the "Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories" project for The Alliance For American Quilts.[1] The transcription and photographs are archived by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This is the interview.

Best in Show 2012 "Art Quilts XVII: Integrating a Paradox",[2] award at the Chandler Center for the Arts for "Squirrel and Locust".

United States Department of State display in the U.S. embassy in Laos from 2011-2013[3] of "The Organic Garden".

Winner of the 2013 Art of the State Museum Purchase Award and part of the Permanent Collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania[4] for "Silk Mill #3". Her piece "In Dreams I Learned to Swim" was juried into the 2015 Art of the State show.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope - In 2016, Sue was chosen by NASA as one of a few artists to visit the Goddard Space Flight Center to view and be inspired by the telescope, and to produce a unique piece of art.[5] Progress on this upcoming piece is being documented in her blog and can be viewed here.



Quilting Arts Workshop: Surface Design Essentials for the Printed Quilt - Released in the Fall of 2014, this instructional course by Sue is dedicated to teaching how to create unique fabric using four distinct surface design techniques: Thermofax, cyanotype, collagraph, and heliographic sun printing.

PBS Quilting Arts TV[6] - Sue is featured in three episodes (1404, 1408, 1410) of this show, which began airing nationwide in 2014. A full description of this TV series is available here. A preview of Sue on episode 1404 can be viewed here.

HGTV Home and Garden Television - A sampling of Sue's techniques are demonstrated in a Simply Quilts [7] show in the episode "Abstract Quilts from Nature". It can be viewed here.

YouTube - Extensive interview of Sue by Amber Kane. Includes a discussion of her techniques and early influences. It can be viewed here.


SAQA Studio Art Quilt Associates - Detailed interview of Sue by Clairan Ferrono. It can be read here.


The piece "Tall Blue Lettuce" was on the cover of Professional Quilter Magazine.[8] Other publications have showcased her work including Machine Quilting Unlimited,[9] Quilters Newsletter [10] and the book Beginner's Guide to Art Quilts [11]

She was featured in the March 2014 issue of American Quilter Magazine with an extensive interview “The Hand of the Maker” by Marjorie L. Russell and the article “Cognitive Textile Artist Process", written by Sue, which breaks her cognitive process down into steps that other artists and aspiring artists could find useful, regardless of their subject matter or preferred techniques.

Her piece "Jack in the Pulpit" is featured on the cover of the September 2015 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited, along with a feature article written by her titled "Environmental Explorations"


Her fiber art has been hung in many juried shows including the International Quilt Festival,[12] Quilts=Arts=Quilts at Schweinfurth Art Center,[13] Art Quilts XIII: Lucky Break at the Chandler Center for the Arts,[14] and in museums including the State Museum of Pennsylvania,[4] the Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan,[15] the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction,[16] the Bellefonte Museum,[17] the Robeson Gallery of Pennsylvania State University [18] and Materials Hard and Soft.[19] In 2010, her solo exhibit, "Transformation: The Watt & Shand Series",[20] received critical acclaim for the chronicling of the transformation of an historic department store into the Lancaster County Convention Center. In 2010, she unveiled a series titled "Flora and Fauna". 2012 brought new pieces titled "Ginger" and "Bamboo Emerging" into "The Garden" series and additional work in "The Structures" series of various pieces featuring the Columbia, PA Silk Mill. Best in Show was awarded for "Squirrel and Locust" in November, 2012 at Integrating a Paradox: Art Quilts XVII[2] at Chandler Center for the Arts. 2013-2015 featured many additional exhibits and in 2016, her work was displayed in Tainan City, Taiwan.

A complete list of her past and upcoming exhibits are linked here:


Sue attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, pursuing a degree in Religious Studies.


She is part of the PA Arts Experience,[21] which features her work, and a Professional Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA),[22] which features her work.

Family and personal life[edit]

Sue was born in Pennsylvania and is married to Wayne Reno. They have two daughters; Stella and Alice. She is an avid gardener, hiker and photographer.


  1. ^ The Alliance For American Quilts - Quilters' S.O.S Save Our Stories project
  2. ^ a b "Integrating A Paradox: Art Quilts XVII - 2012". 
  3. ^ "U.S. Embassy in Laos - The Organic Garden". 
  4. ^ a b The State Museum of Pennsylvania - Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2013 and 2015 exhibits
  5. ^ "James Webb Space Telescope Artist Invitation". Facebook. 2016-11-01. 
  6. ^ "PBS Quilting Arts TV - Episodes 1404, 1408, 1410". 
  7. ^ Simply Quilts on HGTV - Episode #1130
  8. ^ Professional Quilter Magazine - cover of Fall 2006, issue # 97, which is not online but is referenced here.
  9. ^ Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine - feature story in the July 2009 issue
  10. ^ Quilters Newsletter - feature story in the September 2006, issue #385
  11. ^ Beginner's Guide to Art Quilts
  12. ^ International Quilt Festival - Quilts: A World of Beauty in 2005, 2007, 2008 and Celebrate Spring! shows in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009.
  13. ^ Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center - Quilts=Arts=Quilts 25th Annual Show
  14. ^ Chandler Center for the Arts - Art Quilts XIII: Lucky Break Nov-Dec 2008
  15. ^ Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Connecting Cultures and Colors: First Kyrgyz-American Quilt Exhibit - curator blog entry
  16. ^ International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction - January Thaw #2
  17. ^ the Bellefonte Museum - A World of Stitches: Appliqué Art from Benin, Panama, and Pennsylvania 2009
  18. ^ Robeson Gallery at Pennsylvania State University - Images 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Best In Show
  19. ^ Materials Hard and Soft - - Materials Hard and Soft 2009, pages 29 and 30
  20. ^ Lancaster, PA Newspapers - Stitch in time preserves Watt & Shand, Magic in Fabric
  21. ^ PA Arts Experience - Artists Page
  22. ^ Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) - Artist Page

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