Photo by Doug Vann.
Beloved fiber artist, teacher, friend, mentor, and community leader Su Job passed on Christmas day, 2008, succumbing to a particularly aggressive form of cancer. Su attended the University of Tenessee, and graduate school at the University of Washington. She was a fixture in the Seattle art community and a long time resident of Pioneer Square managing studios at the 619 Western building and finally residing at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts. She taught Art History at several local arts colleges including Cornish College of the Arts, the Seattle Art Institute, and Gage Academy. Su ran her own silk clothing business, Fiber at Large, producing one-of-a-kind silk scarves which sold at specialty retail shops across the country. Her fiber-based fine art has been exhibited in galleries and museums, most recently the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland.
A woman of extraordinary energy and drive, and fiercely dedicated to her art, Su was very busy, yet somehow always made time for her friends, students and those she mentored. A bold intellect, a large, unrestrained smile, intense curiosity, and a commitment to live life on her own terms, are some of the characteristics that make her an unforgettable force of nature. She has garnered a golden place in the hearts of those who knew her.
Su's final wish was to establish a new grant program for Seattle artists, the Conductive Garboil Grant. Funds originally designated for extended end of life care were donated to Artist Trust to establish the grant shortly before she passed away.
Obituary by Regina Hackett, Seattle Post Intelligencer
An Artist Dying by critic Jen Graves, The Stranger
Artist’s Legacy Lives on in Pioneer Square Grant by Cydney Gillis, Real Change News
Su Job Fine Art website
Fiber at Large website
2009 Niche Award ACC Professional division