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Susan Morrison

Artist, Poet, Author, Environmentalist,

Naturalist

 

Career Highlights:

60’s

          Jean Lafitte National Park,

                   Wrote the Land Acquisition and Development Program

                   And spearheaded the passage of a seven million dollar

                   Park Program

          Spearheaded the first Water Quality study of the

                   Mississippi River at New Orleans

         

70’s

          Solo Exhibition Hallmark Gallery, Kansas City

                   Eagle Portfolio

                   Panda Portfolio

                   Poetry Book

                             All bearing the Hallmark Gallery Logo

          River Journeys

                   Commissioned by First National Bank Little Rock AR.

                   The Bank underwrote the book River Journeys

                   Major Exhibition at the Bank where then Governor David Pryor              Declared Morrison and her work an Arkansas Treasure

 

Commissioned to create the cover of Governor Clinton’s first Inaugural Program and wrote a poem about Arkansas that Clinton placed next to his photo in the program. 

80’s

          Arkansas Wildlife

                   Commissioned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to     

                   Create a book based on drawings and information about

                   Arkansas wildlife, The First Edition was a best seller

Appointed to the Arkansas Arts Council by Governor Frank White

          Served under Governor Frank White and Governor Bill

          Clinton

          Spearheaded the creation of the first legislation in Arkansas

          To protect Artists and their work in the business world

          Brought forth the need for Art Space for Arkansas Artists

          In Little Rock leading the creation of a specific space for

          Arkansas Artists to display their work in our state’s capitol

Arkansas Wilderness Etchings Portfolio and Book

          A portfolio comprised of 20 etchings and a book based

          On that work and the need to set aside 14 wilderness sites

          In Arkansas.

                    Governor Clinton declared Wilderness Month in

                    Honor of the work and Morrison was awarded a Solo

                     Exhibition in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building

Where the Wilderness Collection now hangs in the Senate Chambers

                   Congressman Bethune read her poetry into the Congressional

                   Record from the floor of the congress

                   Placed in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress

                   Upland Swamp placed in the White House Permanent

                   Collection

                   The Arkansas Wilderness Book was placed in the hands of

                   All congressmen on all committees relating to saving the

                   Fourteen proposed wilderness sites and eleven were set

                   Aside

          National Wildlife Art Show, Kansas City MO.

                   Awarded Best in Show Graphics

                   Awarded Best in Show New Artist

          Solo Exhibition, Wildlife of the World Gallery, Aspen Colorado

          Solo Exhibition, Wildlife of the World Gallery, Aspen Colorado

                   For the Aspen Music Festival

          Solo Exhibition,  Ellison Gallery Telluride, for the Telluride Film

                    Festival

90’s

Sam Walton Commissions National Environmental Education Program,   ANIMAL TRACKS

          Twenty four million posters given away in stores nationwide

          Schools adopted program for Environmental Education

          Curriculum nationwide for grade levels Kindergarten,

          Elementary, Middle Schools, Jr. High Schools, High

          Schools and Universities

          250,000 Books given away to teachers nationwide based

          On the Animal Tracks Posters

          Animal Tracks Foundation created, Co-Chaired by John Mack Carter, Editor and Chief of Good Housekeeping magazine, and Alice Walton. 
           Board Members included: DePak Chopra, Michael Jackson, and Avery Lovens, Director Rocky Mountain Institute, Wolf Schmitt  President and CEO of Rubbermaid and others

 

Book Tour to over 100 Schools in 20 states

Solo Exhibition National Museum of Women in the Arts,

Washington DC. 

          Only Arkansas Woman to ever Solo there

          Only American Wildlife Artist to Solo There

          Highest attended exhibition in the history of the museum

          At that time

          Then First Lady Hillary Clinton Attended the Exhibition

          Spoke to Animal Tracks and its impact on Education,

          The Environment and the Arts

          And was awarded the Snow Leopard Lithograph

Good Housekeeping Green Seal for Environmental Education

Wal Mart Received the United Nations Award for Corporate

Excellence in the Environment for three projects and Animal

Tracks was one of them.

Wal-Mart awarded original drawings to their three top

Environmentally responsible companies to celebrate Animal

Tracks and its impact on national retail sales

Animal Tracks was Adopted by the National Wildlife Federation to become their Environmental Education Program

 

Alice Walton purchased all of the Original Animal Tracks drawings save three comprising a collection of 19 drawings.

 

1995 to 2016

          America’s Wildlife and Wildlands

The American Wildlife Expeditions:

          130 life size drawings of America’s wildlife, Two Books,

          One Documentary

          Considered Morrison’s most important body of work; this

          Collection according to Past Head Curator of Art for Crystal

          Bridges Museum of American Art, Chris Crossman, rivals

          Audubon

Expedition I, The Great Southwest,

Expedition II, The Southern Wetlands,

Expedition III, The Rockies,

Expedition IV,  Alaska,

Expedition V,  The Great Northwest

Expedition VI,  The Great Plains

Expedition  VII, The Boundary Waters

Expedition VIII, The Great Eastern Ranges (First Exploratory

                             Expedition Summer of 2015)

America’s Wildlife and Wildlands,Wildlands Portfolio

          Eight 30x40 pen and ink drawings of America’s Iconic

          Landscape Scenes from America’s National Parks

 

Solo Exhibitions

          Walton Art Center, Fayetteville Arkansas

          Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville AR.

Introduction of Master’s Legacy Patronage Permanent Collection, Queen Ann Mansion, Arkansas Club, Eureka Springs Arkansas

2016

          Studio/Gallery moved to Heronswood Wildlife Sanctuary.

          Founding of the Morrison Wildlife and Wildlands Institute.