"Somewhere in Missouri is a stretch of prairie owned by Susan Lordi Marker. There the artist is carefully and lovingly restoring the prairie grasses that once were the glory of the plains. With her passion for nature and natural farms, Lordi Marker is assisting in the rebirth of a complex ecosystem that we are finally beginning to understand and value. This land, where the artist spends time whenever possible, is not only a place to center her mind and soul, but a metaphor for the theme of continuity, regeneration and the cycle of life at the core of all her work."
Portfolio Collection, Susan Lordi Marker
© Telos Art Publishing, 2003
Susan Lordi Marker received an MFA with honors from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Her fiber work has won awards in the United States and internationally, including Best of Show in the exhibition
Muse of the Millennium, Seattle Nordic Heritage Museum; Second Prize in
Fiberart International, Pittsburgh; and International Judge's Choice Award in
International Textile Design Competition, Tokyo, Japan. Her work has been published in art journals and museum exhibition catalogs. A monograph of her work,
Portfolio Collection: Susan Lordi Markerwas published by Telos Art Publishing in 2003. She is one of 10 U.S. artists featured in the Telos book
Art Textiles: USA. Lordi Marker has served on the fiber faculty of both the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas.
More recently, Lordi Marker has created a commercial gift line of figurative sculpture. The proceeds of her licensed artwork have allowed her to support integration of the arts through her involvement with many cultural, visual, and performing arts organizations in the Kansas City community and surrounding states.
Lordi Marker has created specific works to benefit childrens' hospitals in Kansas City, Canada, and England; the Susan G. Komen Foundation; and Care for Children in China. In 2005, the alumni association of University of Missouri, Columbia, awarded her the Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service Citation.
Susan Lordi Marker maintains her studio in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, Missouri.
Born 1954, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
2005 Citation of Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service, presented
by University of Missouri Columbia Alumni Association
1990, 91, Graduate Merit and Research Scholarship Awards, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
1974 InterFuture Study Travel Scholarship Award, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
1993 Master of Fine Arts, with honors, University of Kansas, Lawrence
1976 Bachelor of Science, cum laude, University of Missouri, Columbia