Susan Thompson is a textile, fiber and mixed media artist who lives and works primarily in the Greater Boston area. At Hunter College of the City of New York, she became interested in African American History and the visual arts. Her concern for the development of mutually supportive relationships between African American artists and their communities led her to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was a Research Associate in the Community Fellows Program. Ms.Thompson has exhibited widely in Massachusetts and other parts of the United States. She has participated in cultural exchanges in Haiti, Cuba, People’s Republic of China, Japan and with Native American artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work reflects the diverse cultural influences that she has encountered in her travels abroad in her own cultural heritage. Through fabric, she creates unique designs, which sometimes tell stories that communicate the struggle and soul of her people.
Susan Thompson has created public art for the MBTA Orange Line, the Parks Department, the Harriet Tubman House, the Afro-American Museum, schools and other organizations. She is currently an artist-in-residence in the African American Master Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern University. She recently retired her position as a art instructor in the Artful Adventures Program, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and is currently teaching art at Paige Academy, a private school in Roxbury Massachusetts.