Susan Fitzsimmons is the Marialice Shary Shivers Endowed Chair of Art, and Director of the School of Art at UTRGV in Edinburg-Brownsville. Her first one person exhibits in New York in 1977 and 1979 before the age of 30, were at Just Above Midtown Gallery on 57th Street. She exhibited in more than 200 shows since then. Her most recent solo show at the Clark Gallery, UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas was reviewed in the January-February 2016 issue of Sculpture, the international magazine.
Fitzsimmons is on the Board of the Texas Sculpture Group and the International Museum of Arts and Science. She exhibited in Third Coast National 2016 and 2015, K Space, Corpus Christi; Blue Star, San Antonio; Lawndale Sculpture Center, Houston, Texas; Performing Arts Center at UTRGV; Galleria 409, Brownsville; Brownsville Museum of Art; Marfa Biennial Juried; Beyond Arts Gallery, Harlingen, TX; Saatchi Art; Dougherty Art Center, Austin; Del Mar College; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas: Arte de la Frontera II, in association with 2013 Texas Biennial; Texas Biennial at the Art Car Museum, Houston; Texas National 2013 Exhibition @ The Old Opera House in Nacogdoches; Cross Connections at Central Academy of Fine Arts, China; Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China; National School of Fine Arts, Mexico; Shanghai University, China; Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium; The University of Texas - Arlington, USA; Truman State University; University of Pretoria, South Africa; University of Texas Pan American; the Anita Shapolsky Foundation in Jim Thorpe, PA; K-Space, Corpus Christi, Texas; Williams Tower Gallery, Houston; Shorelines Biennial Rockport Center for the Arts; “Water Works,” UTPA: Susan Fitzsimmons; Quinta Mazatlan, Mcallen, TX; “Women and Water Rights,” Cascade Meadow, Rochester, MN; Rivers of Regeneration, University of Minnesota, Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, MN.
Fitzsimmons lived in New York for more than 23 years exhibiting in venues such as Albright Knox Museum, Hofstra University, State University of New York at Plattsburg, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Albany Institute of History and Art, Saratoga Springs Historical Museum, Schenectady Museum. Her shows were reviewed in Art News and Arts Magazine, and featured in the book Contextures.
She was artist- in- residence at the well- known Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center at the Henry Street Settlement House in New York for more than four years, supported by a grant from New York City Council of the Arts. She received the following grants and honors: 2013-2016 Marialice Shary Shivers Endowed Chair of Art; 2015-2016 Faculty Row Super Professor; New York Foundation for the Arts and Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation; Kerspit and Flemish Community Grant for residency visit to arts community in Ghent; Fulbright- CIES grant; 2010 Mississippi Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts: One person exhibition “Susan Fitzsimmons: New paintings” Hattiesburg Cultural Arts Center; Partners for the Arts, University of Southern Mississippi: Arts Café; Centennial Sculpture Competition, University of Southern Mississippi; Partners for the Arts, USM, Visiting artists grant; Partners for the Arts, USM, Artist catalog; AFROTC Distinguished Educator’s Visit Ellsworth AFB South Dakota; New York State Council for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence, Colonie Youth Center; The Guggenheim Foundation: Learning to Read through the Arts; EXXON Corporation Outdoor Sculpture for Henry Street Settlement House; New York State Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts: Work in Situ: The Process as Art, Just Above Midtown Gallery: Susan Fitzsimmons, David Hammons, Howardina Pindell; New York State Council for the Arts and Syracuse University: Collaborations in Art and Scientific Technology CAST; Abraham and Mae Warshaw Foundation, New York, New York.