A Light Has Dawned, 17×20, pastel on paper, by Susan E. Brooks

Susan E. Brooks

Lives and works in Louisville, KY



Instagram @sebrooks81

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Susan E. Brooks, M.Ed., has been a teaching artist since 1987. She moved to Mozambique, Africa, in 1996 with her family, where she taught art and English at an international school. After returning home and teaching art and English in Kentucky high schools for nearly ten years, she then traveled to Turkish Cyprus in 2009, where she taught English at Near East University. Susan returned again to Kentucky in 2011 where she currently enjoys painting, drawing, mentoring art students, and showing her work in the community.  Susan was invited to join Peace Catalyst International as a visual peacemaker, using her art to promote unity among people of various religions and cultures.  Also within the past 5 years, Susan has had stories and articles published online and in print, as well as written and illustrated 3 children’s books, which she self-published.


Susan E. Brooks has lived and worked in Mozambique, Ghana, and Turkish Cyprus. Fascinated with all of nature, and especially with the human countenance, she is inspired by the various cultures she has experienced.  The intent of her art is to show the beauty and glory of the creation and the dignity of every human being.


2016 – Advanced Placement Institute in Studio Art, Savannah College Of Art and Design

2007 – Master of Arts in Education, Indiana Wesleyan University, Louisville, KY

1985 – Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Minor in English, David Lipscomb University,

Nashville, TN


2019 – Current – Visual Peacemaker with Peace Catalyst International

2019 – Current – Juried Member of Louisville Artisans Guild

2019 – Current – Member of the Plein Air Painters of Kentucky

2017 – Current – Member of Louisville Visual Arts, Louisville, KY


2019 – Current – Member artist at KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY

2019 – Current – Member artist at Jane Morgan Gallery, Louisville, KY



Dec. 2019 – Apr.  2020 –  “The Changing Seasons,” Plein air painting exhibition at Jane Morgan Gallery, Louisville, KY

April 2020 – Solo show, KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY

Summer 2020 – KRM “Art Makes Home” Exhibitions


Aug. – Oct. 2019 –  “Connecting Community Through Creativity” juried group show at StudioWorks, Louisville, KY

September 2019 – “Black and White” Juried Group Show at KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY

September 2019 – Portraiture Group Show at Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY

Sept. 28, 2019 – 6th Annual Portland Art & Heritage Fair juried exhibition, “Life on the River” at the Portland Museum, Louisville, KY

August 2019 –   “The Future Is Now” Mentorship Exhibition

June – Aug. 2019 – “Perspectives of Home” juried group exhibition at 1619 Flux Gallery, Louisville, KY

July 2019 – Louisville Artisans Guild Annual Show at KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY

March 2019 – “Welcome to Louisville Artisan Guild” juried group exhibition at KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY

March 2019 – “Embracing Our Shared Humanity” juried group exhibition at 4 Market Square and Johnson University, Knoxville, TN

Jan. 2019 – “Heroes” Juried Group Exhibition at Art Sanctuary, Louisville, KY

Aug. 2018 –   “Provocative Perspectives” Juried Group

Jan. 2019  – Exhibition at 1619 Flux Gallery, Louisville, KY

Sept. 2018 – Group Exhibition at the Global Gourmet event, Louisville, KY

July 2018 – “A Celebration of Color: Oil Pastel Portraits by Susan E. Brooks”  Solo Exhibition, Open Community Arts Center Gallery, Louisville, KY

June 23, 2018 – “KRM We Create, World Refugee Week Festival Final Showcase,” Juried Group Exhibition, Brown Theatre, Louisville, KY

June 20, 2018 – “Welcoming America” Juried Group Exhibition with “KRM We Create” Artists, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, KY

June 16, 2018 – “KRM We Create,” World Refugee Week Festival Juried Group Exhibition, Woodlawn Better Block Pop-up Event, Louisville, KY

May 18, 2018 – “Barn Gallery Fundraiser” Juried Group Exhibition, hosted by the Food Literacy Project, Field Day Farm, Louisville, KY


June – Aug. 2019 – Mentor for “The Future is Now” summer program for gifted high school art students, in cooperation with Louisville Visual Art and the Kentucky College of Art and Design

Dec. 29, 2018 – Artist’s Talk – Presentation at 1619 Flux Gallery, Louisville, KY

2014 – 2019 – High School Visual Arts Teacher, including AP Studio Art classes, Portland Christian High School, Louisville, KY

2001 – 2009 – High School English, including AP, and Visual Arts Teacher, Portland Christian High School, Louisville, KY

1997 – 2000 – High School English and Visual Arts Teacher, Christian Academy of Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique

1989 – Instructor for Adult Portrait Drawing Classes, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY


Aug. 2019 – Artwork featured on the 1619 Flux Gallery webpage

Aug. 8, 2019 – Interviewed about the TFIN art mentorship on the Artebella radio show on ArtXfm, WXOX, 97.1

July 12, 2019 – Plein air artwork photo published in the Courier Journal

Nov. 2018 – Artwork featured on 1619 Flux Gallery’s Facebook page and Instagram feed.

June 2018 – Artwork featured in the KRM We Create, World Refugee Week Festival Promotional Video

July 2017 – Featured in Artebella – Louisville Visual Art’s online Publication


“This Artist’s Life,” A series of articles about an artist’s personal journey.  July 2019 – Nov. 2019, published on the artist’s website: https://susanebrooks.com/this-artists-life-12-working-with-our-hands/

“Donnie,”  Nov. 6, 2018, published in the anthology, Prayer Warrior Confessions, compiled by Harriet Michael and Shirley Crowder.  Pix-N-Pens Publishing, Dallas, TX

“Peacemaking through Art,”  Dec. 2, 2015, published by https://www.peacecatalyst.org

Link to article: https://www.peacecatalyst.org/blog/2017/7/20/peacemaking-through-art?rq=Susan%20Brooks

“Two Nighttime Flights,”  July 22, 2015, published by https://www.peacecatalyst.org  

Link to article: https://www.peacecatalyst.org/blog/2015/7/22/two-nighttime-flights?rq=Susan%20Brooks

“A Funny thing Happened at the Mosque…”  May 2, 2012, published by https://www.peacecatalyst.org  Link to article: https://www.peacecatalyst.org/blog/2012/5/2/a-funny-thing-happened-at-the-mosque?rq=Susan%20Brooks

Susan has 2 children’s books, available here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Ariel_1

Original paintings, cards, and prints made from Susan’s artwork available here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/paintingsbysebrooks

Archival art prints available here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/2-susan-brooks/shop