Sue Hettmansperger

Professor Emerita

Sue Hettmansperger received BFA and MA degrees from the University of New Mexico and attended the Yale University Summer School in Art, 1971. She was the recipient of a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Painting. Her exhibitions include one-person shows in 2011, 2007, 2003, 1999, 1994, and 1990 at A.I.R. Gallery New York City, where she has been an affiliate member since 1989. Group venues have included the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago 2012, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 2012 & 2006, the Figge Museum of Art 2010, BowlingGreen State University 2005, Northern Arizona University 2005, Grinnell College 2003, University of Texas, San Antonio 2002, Des Moines Art Center 1996, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago 1992, and the Evanston Art Center 1986. Her work appears in the book New American Paintings Midwest, 2010 & 2005. She has received a 2009 Iowa Arts Council Major Grant, four UI Arts and Humanities Initiative Grants (2011, 2009, 2006, 2001), the Faculty Scholar Award from The University of Iowa (1997-99), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1983); as well as residency fellowships at the Corporation of Yaddo (2012), Ucross Foundation (1992), Roswell Museum Artist in Residence Program (1990 and 1975), and the MacDowell Colony (1977). Selected Collections include the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.


  • Public Art Commission, UI Biomedical Discovery Building
  • Career Development Award, University of IA, semester of research
  • UI Arts and Humanities Initiative Individual Grant in Painting
  • Public Art Commission, Cedar Rapids U.S. Cellular Convention Center
  • Yaddo Artist in Residence
  • UI Arts and Humanities Initiative Individual Grant in Painting
  • Iowa Arts Council Major Grant, Public Art for Kirkwood College
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship


  • Exhibition - "40th Anniversary Exhibit," Hal Bromm Gallery
  • Exhibition - "Razzle Dazzle," A.I.R. Gallery NYC
  • Exhibition - "Two Iowa Women Artists," IA Capitol Building 
  • Exhibition - "Wish You Were Here," A.I.R. Gallery NYC 
  • Exhibition - "Midwest Summer Light," Cedar Rapids Museum
  • Exhibition - "Containers for the Self," Black Gallery
  • Exhibition - "UI MFA Painters and Faculty," Cornell College
Research areas
  • Painting and drawing
Sue Hettmansperger
MA, University of New Mexico
BFA, University of New Mexico