Susan Bonner : Curriculum Vitae


Assistant Professor of Digital Media/ Digital Art and Design, Tenured 2019, Tenure Track Faculty 2016-2018

Assistant Professor of Digital Media, Term Faculty Position 2008–2016

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Taught: Digital Imaging I & II, Imaging for Game, Animation & Film, Concept & Production Design, Thesis I & II, Digital Character Drawing, Concept Art, Intro to Digital Media

Developed Curriculum for Digital Imaging courses according to internal and external assessment. Developed course sites and Instructional Sites: Digital Painting, Sketch Site, Digital Learning Center - a Tutorial Site. Managed work studies for the Digital Learning Center, Kendall Weblab - Imaging Portion

Committees: Assessment, Enrollment (Chair), Instructional Technology, SPARC (Chair), Various Hiring Committees, FSU Enrollment and Retention

Facilities Updates under my term include 3 Cintiq labs, Video Conference Lab, Costume Wardrobe for Character Drawing, Studio Lighting for Cintiq Life Drawing

Adjunct Professor of Digital Media, 2006-2008

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Taught Digital Imaging I & II

Adjunct Professor of Illustration, 2006-2007

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Taught Illustration III and IV as a sabbatical replacement

Continuing Studies Instructor, 2003-2005

UICA - Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

Taught Sculpture and Painting

Adjunct Professor of Painting, 2000-2003

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

College of the Arts

Taught Capstone courses in Art which included Sculpture, Painting, Installation and Animation

Taught 2D & 3D Design

Continuing Studies Instructor, 2000-2004

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Taught Figure Drawing, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Water Color

Adjunct Professor of Drawing, 1998

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

School of Design Architecture Art and Planning (DAAP)

Department of Drawing

Courses in Life Drawing and Foundation Drawing

Graduate Teaching Associate, 1995-1998

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

School of Design Architecture Art and Planning (DAAP)

Taught Advanced Figure Drawing

Continuing Studies Instructor, 1992-1996

Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Taught Drawing, Painting and Sculpture


Master of Fine Arts: 1998

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

School of Design Architecture Art and Planning (DAAP)

Drawing & Painting

Scholarship, Teacher Assistantship

Magna Cum Laude

Bachelors of Fine Arts: 1995

Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Drawing & Painting Focus

Named Liquitex Emerging Artist of the Year 1996

President's List, Presidential Scholarship

Cum Laude

Grad School Credit: 2000

Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

Industrial Design History

Sculpture Apprenticeship: 1994-1995

with Dorothy Gill Barnes

Well renown sculptor together we turned willow branches into cloud forms

School of the Visual Arts: 1991

Fredonia State University, Fredonia NY

in collaboration with Chautauqua Art Institute

Architectural Drawing, Figure Drawing, Ballet Drawing

Full Ride Scholarship

Design Practice

Visualpump LLC | illustration, animation and motion graphics | 2002-present


Clients include Sassy Inc, Amway, Baby Leapfrog, T John E Game Productions, Underbite Games, Blue Lobster Media.

Visualpump Online Art Gallery | 2003-2005

CoFounder | Curator

A full-service curatorial enterprise. We work together with corporations to build collections of artworks that speak of company identity, pumping culture and brand recognition into public spaces. We work with private collectors by digitally placing art in their space so that they can see the work they like, online before they buy it with Art Fittings.

Visualpump - Internet Search Marketer | 2003-2006

Creating online marketing strategies for companies and incorporating advertising such as Google into their current strategy. Teaming with web developers and designers and illustrators to create a cohesive online marketing strategy. Clients include Sassy Inc, Postworks, Toolfarm, FTCH and Visualpump Art Gallery.

Arts Education Research

University of Cincinnati - School of Education

Director Arts Research under Dr. Deborah Zorn

Key Funds Obtained- Fidelity Investments, Ohio Arts Council, University of Cincinnati, National Endowment for the Arts

Association for the Advancement of Arts in Education AAAE

With the School of Education- I led arts research for a two-year study that surveyed hundreds of superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, school board members, artists, professional arts administrators, and community leaders regarding their views on arts education. The study found a positive element for change in arts education priorities and programs in the TriState Greater Cincinnati area. With the inauguration of Arts Connections in 1997, more than 1,500 teachers have been trained to integrate the arts across their curriculum, touching approximately 30,000 students.

AAAE In-service Programs specialized programs focus on brain-compatible learning and arts integration. Designed programs to fit the professional development needs of educators in the tri-state area. Developed Portrait style research and assessment tools.

Arts connections - an intensive professional development program for teachers, administrators, parents, arts specialists and other educators. A program based on the arts integration method of learning, Arts Connections takes into account the fact that students learn and process information through different learning styles. Through this program, teachers learn how to use various art forms to teach social studies, language arts, mathematics and more.

Sound Discoveries: Music for Life brings classical music into Cincinnati tri-state area schools. AAAE and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra developed in-school programs featuring orchestra members in specially designed programs to integrate the fundamentals of music with all areas of the curriculum.


ARTWorks! gave teenagers from all over the Greater Cincinnati area an opportunity to work, learn, and earn in summer jobs as apprentice artists. Under the guidance of professional artists, ARTWorks! apprentices help create works of art for public spaces, museums, and private collectors; gaining meaningful employment experience in a structured, professional setting that helps prepare them for the demands of the workplace. I led the artists and conducted research delivering funding for the pilot year. This program went on to be a successful arts program for young citizens in the Cincinnati area.

Public Art and Murals

Nature in the City A community mural for the Grand Rapids Housing Commission | 2007

in collaboration with George Eberhardt III and 11 students from various Grand Rapids High Schools. We visited Blandford Nature Center and went to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to gain inspiration from Eugene Masselink's artwork form the Arts and Crafts Movement. We then taught the students photoshop at WMCAT, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. Sponsored by GRAM, Blandford Nature Center, Marrell and Marrell, Sevens Paint, WMCAT, ArtWorks, UICA, Grand Rapids Housing Commision, Visualpump.

"I want to be..." A community mural for the Grand Rapids Housing Commission | 2005 -2006

Placed at Campau Commons and Creston Plaza, a low economic housing development. Lead Artist for Artwoks!GR, assisted by Stephen Heneveld and 15 paid apprentices in job training through the arts interviewed and painted 15 role models, including a state senator, Grand Rapids Mayor, a doctor, firefighter, chief of police, architect, farmer and more. Used digital media to design the work.

“La Petite Vitesse” Public Art painted sculpture inspired by Calder’s La Grande Vitesse | 2004

Lead Artist of 2 paid apprentices to design and implement a theme of inter-communal highways. Sponsored by AAA of Michigan, purchased by Eastown Community Association.

"Old and New" an educational mural for St Albans Episcopal Church | 1999

10 different stories from the old and new testament of the bible are finger painted with 150 children of various ages. Created a coloring book as an educational tool and color selection device.

"Hope Walks" A community mural for Living Hope Fellowship | 1997

Recruited 100 kids of various ages from inner-city neighborhood to reclaim their space through art previously tagged. The 100-foot long mural tells a story of redemption and reclaiming territory.

Art Curating

Gallery Director Calvin College 2001-2003

Designed Exhibitions, Curated a National Traveling Exhibition with a catalog, published catalogs for every major exhibition. Community outreach through Public Events and Art Lectures. Curated an Internationally recognized Permanent Collection for 3 new Buildings on Calvin College Campus. Worked closely with Faculty, Donors and President in orchestrating a body of work that would connect with the curriculum taught in those spaces. Full Funding of $2,000,000 was established within one year.

DeVos Communication Center- Curated art that incorporated the curriculum of Political Science and Communication Arts and Sciences. Sought work from throughout the country and Germany, organized meetings with faculty, donors, board, president and select students to propose work.

Prince Conference Center- Curated work which focused on the environment conservatory that housed the Conference Center which has a hotel and large conference meeting rooms. Solicited donations and worked very closely with main donor and president of the college.

Calvin College Fish House- Worked with interior designer and selected works from the student body that flowed with the design of space. Created scholarships for artwork and began a revolving exhibition of work that produced funding for student’s education.

Interim Gallery Director Kendall College of Art and Design 1999-2001

Implemented Gallery Calendar, Curated Exhibitions with Nationally recognized Artists i.e. Sandy Skogland, Wendall Castle, CF Payne, Deborah Rockman. Sponsored Scholastic Art Exhibition, a National High School Art Competition. Oversaw gallery Staff and Volunteers.

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts | 2000 -2003

Visual Arts Committee and Resident Artist- Curated Multidisciplinary exhibitions for a Nationally Recognized Non-Profit Arts Organization focusing on Diversity in the Contemporary Arts. Wrote Grants for multidisciplinary events focusing on community audience.

Grand Rapids Gallery Association | 2001-2002

As the Gallery Director of Kendall College of Art and Design collaborated with other gallery owners and directors to raise public awareness of the arts community, Sponsored events, was the liaison between West Michigan Colleges and the art community. Collaborated to create the Grand Rapids Gallery Guide.

Ohio Governors Youth Exhibition | 2000

The Scholastics Art Awards | 1999, 2010, 2013

Grand Prix Art Competition | 1999

Ohio Council for the Arts | 1992 - 1996

organized the slide registration of artists, organized open studios.

Columbus Arts League | 1994 - 1995

Exhibition Committee- curated works from state, organized events, planned exhibitions Education Committee, worked with teachers in the area to emphasize the arts in curriculum


The Fed Gallery at KCAD, Faculty Exhibition | 2018

Kendall Gallery, Faculty Exhibition | 2012

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Wheels Cartoon - ArtWorks! Lead Artists Show Celebrating the National Arts and Humanities Award from the White House. | 2012

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artworks! Mural “I want to be!” | 2006

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Artworks! Mural “I want to be!” | 2005

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Narrative, Grand Rapids, MI | 2003

Rankin Gallery, Ferris State University, The Ephemeral Space, Big Rapids, MI | 2002

Kendall Gallery, Kendall+Ferris, Staff and Faculty Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI | 2001

10 Weston Gallery, Goddess Fest, Grand Rapids, MI | 2000

Gallery Room 222, Women's History Month Show, Group Show, Grand Rapids, MI | 2000

Gainey Gallery, Why Sue Kay? Solo Exhibition, Byron Center, MI | 2000

Dynamite Gallery Project, Reclaiming Territories, Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI | 1999

Kendall Gallery, KCAD Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI | 1999

1st United Methodist Church, Celebration, Juried Group Show, Grand Rapids, MI | 1996

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, New Walls, New Faces, Grand Rapids, MI | 1999

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, A Public Hanging, Grand Rapids, MI | 1999

Cincinnati Science and Medical Gallery, Mapping the Distance between Science and Spirituality,

Solo Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH | 1999

Tangeman Fine Arts Center, Micro-Macro, Master's Thesis Exhibition | 1997

840 Gallery, Show 20, University of Cincinnati, Group Juried Show | 1997

Machine Shop Gallery, MFA Candidate Show this is... | 1997

Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Juried show, Liturgy Speaks, | 1996

Columbus Art League, Group Juried Show, | 1995-1996

Canzani Center, Annual Exhibitions- 115, 116, and 117, Columbus College of Art and Design | 1991-1995

Community Service

Wedgwood Services- Tutored Math, English and Social Studies | 2003

Kenowa Hills Public Schools - | 2011- 2015

Tutor Math and Reading, Assist teachers with iPad educational apps, Computer Lab Monitor

Selected Collectors

The Grand Rapids Housing Association, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Art Association, Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI

Chad Jay, South Bend- IN

Tim and Nancy Miller- Cincinnati, OH

Tim and Barbara Carberry- Bexley, OH

The Columbus Art League- Columbus, OH

St Alban's Episcopal Church- Bexley, OH

Phillip T. Van Milligan- Cincinnati, OH

Jim and Carolyn Wynstra- Lynden WA

Barbara Florez- Cincinnati, OH

Don and Ryo Pearson- Columbus, OH

Otto Real Estate- Anderson, OH

XEROX- Webster, NY