Sue Havens (born 1972 in Rochester, New York) is an artist based in New York and Tampa. She is currently Assistant professor of Art at the University of South Florida.
Havens is a 2008 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently, a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship. Havens authored, designed and illustrated the book Make Your Own Toys. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, and a MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of The Arts at Bard College. Her work was most recently featured in Warhol’s Interview Magazine and New American Paintings Magazine.
Since accepting a R1 Research University position at The University of South Florida in 2015, she has expanded her practice to include ceramics. Her works are born out of previously mined shaped paintings and paper constructions, and recombine the energy found in the world's vernacular (thrift store scraps, pavement, Turkish kilims, supermarket packaging, bark) transmitting these through objects. These abstract works represent the embodiment of a journey from New York to Florida and to Turkey, demonstrates an ongoing interest in flatness, dimensionality, and pattern in painting and sculpture.
Pictured: "Brick and Mortar", installation, 2018http://suehavensstudio.com