Lynn Sures

Professor of Fine Art Chair of Fine Art
Degree programs: 
Associate Fine Arts
BFA Fine Art

Personal Information

Lynn Sures' studio practice includes three-dimensional paperworks, printmaking, book arts, and ceramic sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include Navigating Below the Surface at Isik University, Istanbul, Turkey; Frasassi at Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD; and Body Art at the Fortezza Medicea Girifalco di Cortona, Italy. Her artist's books appear in the Penland Book of Handmade Books, 500 Artist Books, and the 2010 Paper in Motion portfolio published by Hand Papermaking. Her work is in collections of the United States Department of State, the US Library of Congress, Yale University, and the American Museum of Papermaking. Lynn has exhibited work and created large-scale pulp paintings for international events in Australia and Japan, and has exhibited and lectured in Sri Lanka as an American Artist Abroad. She leads annual Paper/Print/Book Intensive workshops with Italian master craftsmen in Fabriano, Italy. Recent awards include Individual Artist Awards and Creative Works Grants from Maryland and an Artist Award from the George Sugarman Foundation, California. She is a nominee for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship 2011. Lynn is Founding Co-Director of the National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial exhibition, a board member of the World Crafts Council North America, and has just completed a semester-long visiting artist studio residency at Baltimore Clayworks. She is co-host of the 2010 Pulp Painting Symposium in San Antonio, TX, and co-producer of the resulting DVD on Pulp Painting. A recent article she authored for Hand Papermaking is Engraved in Wax and Time, The Chiaroscuro Watermarks of Annarita Librari.

Degree Title: 
B.A.
College or University: 
University of Maryland, College Park
Degree Title: 
M.F.A.
College or University: 
University of Maryland, College Park
Exhibitions: 

Prof. Lynn Sures’ recent solo exhibitions include This Really is My Thing at the Gordon Parks Gallery in St. Paul, NM, De La Tierra at UNAM Gallery in Mexico City, Mexico, Strange Rocks at Clayworks Gallery in Baltimore, MD, Navigating Below the Surface at Isik University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Body Art at the Fortezza Medicea Girifalco di Cortona, Italy.

Her work is in collections of the United States Department of State, the Library of Congress, Yale University, the American Museum of Papermaking, and the Museo Della Carta e della Filigrana in Italy. Prof. Sures has exhibited work and created large-scale pulp paintings for international events in Australia and Japan, and has exhibited and lectured in Sri Lanka as an invited U.S. State Department American Artist Abroad.

Awards: 

2008, 2009, and 2011 Creative Project Grants, Arts and Humanities Council, Montgomery County, MD

2008 Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts, Maryland State Arts Council

2006 George Sugarman Foundation Artist Award Grant

Publications: 

Her artist’s books appear in the 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Penland Book of Handmade Books, 500 Artist Books volumes 1 and 2, and in the 2010 Paper in Motion Hand Papermaking portfolio.

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Prof. Sures’ studio practice includes pulp painting, printmaking, book arts, and ceramic, paper, and steel sculpture. She co-founded and has led annual Paper/Print/Book Intensive workshops with Italian master artist/craftsmen in Fabriano, Italy since 2002. She recently taught in the Corcoran/Pittman program in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has offered additional courses abroad at Abbazia di Spineto, Tuscany, Italy; and University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy; and workshops in Turkey, Japan, Sri Lanka and Australia. Prof. Sures is co-convener for the international 2014 IAPMA Congress in Italy, the founding co-director of the National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial exhibition since 1999, a member of the International Advisory Board of Hand Papermaking Magazine, and the board of the World Crafts Council North America, and has participated in several recent “New Work” residencies at Haystack in Main. In 2011, she had a visiting artist studio residency at Baltimore Clayworks. Prof. Sures was commissioned in 2013 to do a commemorative print for the University of Chicago’s performing arts center. She was co-host of the 2012 Watermark Symposium in Portland, OR as well as the 2010 Pulp Painting Symposium in San Antonio, TX and co-producer of the resulting DVD on Pulp Painting.
Artist's book, handmade paper, woodcut
Installation, Istanbul, Handmade paper