Sue Spaid

Sue Spaid

Sue Spaid is the author of five books on art and ecology, including Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies (2002) and A Field Guide to Patricia Johanson’s Works: Proposed, Built, Published and Collected (2012). As a curator and critic since 1986, she has published hundreds of essays on contemporary art in exhibition catalogs and art magazines, such as artUS, where she was a member of its Contributors Board for nearly a decade.

Spaid has taught Engineering Ethics, Design Ethics and Environmental Ethics at Drexel University, Philadelphia. She has presented philosophical papers on groundwater justice, which she argues is prior to climate justice.

She has organized exhibitions for the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; Abington Arts Center and Sculpture Park, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California. Still, she remains best known for Sue Spaid Fine Art (1990–1995), the scrappy Los Angeles gallery that launched dozens of local artists' careers.

Sue Spaid

Bees, Art and Biodiversity

How can artists improve biodiversity? Philosopher, author and curator Sue Spaid’s 2020 lecture explains (includes video + edited transcript).

Farming Awareness

Visionary Farms In 1969, House & Garden magazine commissioned Patricia Johanson (b. 1940) to design estate gardens. In the letter inviting her to design gardens, landscape architect James Fanning clearly…