Suzanne (Suzy) Bishop 1921-2016
Retrospective of Photography & Ceramics
Suzy Bishop was a beloved fixture in the Goshen arts scene for decades. Her sons David and Bruce (a talented Clay Arts Guild ceramic artist) have conveyed an array of her pottery and award-winning photos to comprise a gallery show and sale at Arts on Main, 205 S. Main Street. The Sept. 13 ArtWalk will be the public opening of this fascinating retrospective of her works. “We want to give people a glimpse of her work and the chance to own something that she created,” says Bruce.
About the Artist
Born in Eureka, Illinois, Suzy possessed a keen artistic ability, a deep devotion to family and an intense work ethic. From early experiments with her mother’s box camera, she sought to capture the moment while interpreting the world through the medium of photography.
Suzy earned a BA in Art from Goshen College in 1985. Throughout her adult life, Suzy’s passion for creative expression sparked what would become six decades of honing her ceramics skill – an impressive array of form, scale, glaze and technique. She was a founder of both the Photographer’s Guild and the Clay Artists Guild of Goshen. World travels fueled her prolific photographic studies and inspiration for pottery forms. Some of her most intriguing photographs are of life in Haiti, where she and Franklin led two Goshen College Study-Service Terms (SST). A canny instinct for depth and framing characterizes her photography work there.
Often award First Prize and Best in Show at shows ranging from Fort Wayne to the Midwest Juried Regional Competition, Pierceton, Goshen and other cities, Suzy’s love of all God’s creations has shined through beautifully.