About Mutz’s Person: Susan Roecker’s work has been shown in many exhibitions in New York City, throughout the United States, in Europe, Africa, China, and at the International Artists Society’s Inaugural Exhibition in Chiba, Japan. She has received awards from the National Association of Women Artists, the National League of American Pen Women, and First Prize at the 12th Annual Tompkins Square Park Art Festival, NYC. This was awarded for her work as director of the 90-piece futuristic sculpture installation, “The Destruction of Crete.”

Roecker has received grants from the Cultural Coalition of Staten Island for a mural for Staten Island University Hospital, from the Snug Harbor Cultural Center for a mural in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, and from Cow Parade New York for “The Greenhorn,” which was placed at both the Central Park Petting Zoo and the U.S. Open in Queens.

Beyond painting, another career-long passion for Roecker has been organizing and curating exhibitions for public places with the objective of putting art that is accessible before the public at large. These included nontraditional locations in inner-city neighborhoods, as well as institutions and business locations. “Art needs to live and breathe in communities, both reflecting and lifting up the spaces it occupies,” Roecker says. “It must coexist to exist.”

Roecker also has taught Masters Drawing at The Art Lab at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, since 1995.