The proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder” sums up the motivation behind artist Susan Wink’s return to her home state. After living in the high plains desert of Roswell, New Mexico, for 20 years she realized how much she missed water, Lake Michigan in particular; green dense woodlands; her family and friends. She targeted the Muskegon County area for her re-location because of fond memories spent in summer cottage rentals in the Whitehall-Montague area. She was excited to learn of the opening for an Assistant Director at the ACWL-Nuveen Center because it brings together her love of promoting the arts in a community she wants to support.
Susan is a mixed-media studio artist and educator who earned an M.F.A. from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Western Michigan University. While in New Mexico, Susan’s artwork focused on making custom ceramic tile, and designing and installing community-based public art projects throughout the Southwest. Her background in art education was vital to her role as a public artist as she would engage multi-generational residents in free tile-making and drawing sessions. These experiences confirmed her belief that all individuals have artistic abilities, they just need encouragement and opportunities for expression to discover their personal talents. This new position will give Susan a chance to use her artistic skills and background to help advance the ACWL-Nuveen Center’s mission of creating accessible and engaging opportunities in the arts for the White Lake community.
Check out more of Susan’s artwork on her website - www.susanwinkdesign.com