SUZANNE SIDEBOTTOM, ART SHOW JUDGE 2019
Suzanne Sidebottom’s art career started with a B.S. at Peabody College/ Vanderbilt University with a double major in art education and studio art under the direction of renowned clay artist Sylvia, Hyman. She realized after having her first piece exhibited at the J. B. Speed Art Museum that she wanted not only to make art, but to teach it as well. She moved to Louisville following graduation.
Her next forty years would be a delicate balancing act between sculpting, making functional art works, showing her artwork, raising a family, and teaching art. During this time, she helped start a visual art magnet program for high school students at DuPont Manual High School. That program produced art teachers, college professors, graphic designers, filmmakers, illustrators, professional artists, and creative thinkers in many other fields. She spent twenty-five years as an exhibiting artist at St. James Art Show.
In 2012 Sidebottom retired from teaching to become a full-time artist. Today her work is Trompe l’oeil, and features everyday objects realistically crafted from porcelain clay. Many of these works feature items that are printed upon with antique printing blocks, artist-designed printing blocks, and artist-made decals. She has exhibited in 66 juried and invitational exhibitions across the US in the past 7 years, has been published in 500 Prints on Clay, and has sculptures in numerous private collections. Her work is best described by art critic Jo Anne Triplett, who wrote “Sidebottom’s work needs yellow caution tape around it, stamped with the warning: ‘This object is not as it appears.’”