Artist Talk: Sue Coe


Location: Snite Museum of Art, Annenberg Auditorium

In collaboration with the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, the artist Sue Coe will give a free illustrated presentation about her body of work.


Coe is in South Bend to create a new print with the assistance of the staff of the Segura Print Studio, which is located in the ND Center for Arts & Culture, on Washington Avenue.

Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s. In the years that followed, she was featured on the cover of Art News and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington.

A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe sees printmaking as a way to reach a broad audience. Accessible and affordable, Coe’s etchings, lithographs and woodcuts have become extremely popular.

While Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her series of prints The Tragedy of War examines the atrocities that humans commit against one another, specifically revealed by the horrors of war. Recent projects include her publication 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, which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain.