Susa Cortez joins Making Ways for an inspiring conversation about her immigration to the United States from Mexico as a teenager and the drive that compelled her to become an artist. Susa was the first in her family to go to college, earning a BFA from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in fine art from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work includes performance, sculpture, and installations that often evoke memories of her early life in La Loma, a rural town in Guanajuato, Mexico. On this episode, Susa shares moving advice about finding your voice in whatever you do. She also discusses her role at visual arts nonprofit Root Division, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and the impact the organization has had on her work and community connection.
Susa Cortez was born in 1989 in La Loma, a rural town in the municipality of Moroleón in Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved with her family to Delaware in 2002. A San Francisco-based artist and educator, Susa works in a diverse range of mediums that often consist of installations and actions. Her work has been written about and featured in San Francisco Magazine and Feminine Moments: Queer Feminist Art Worldwide and showcased in such venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Queens Museum, Syracuse University, and Galería de la Raza, among others. She is the installations and site manager at Root Division, a nonprofit organization that serves artists in the Bay Area, and is the cofounder of Aguas Migrantes, a collective who created an art summer residency program in Guanajuato, Mexico. Susa holds a BFA from the University of Delaware and an MFA in sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design, part of Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis.