Art educators exhibit featured in Cloyde Snook Gallery


After a 25-year art education career, Sue Patterson celebrates her retirement and honors art educators, with an exhibit currently in the Adams State College Cloyde Snook Gallery. The exhibit, featuring artwork by Sue Patterson, her mentors and former student teachers, closes on July 22 with an artist reception from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Ceramics by Gerry Thiel and paintings by Sue Patterson.

Ceramics by Gerry Thiel and paintings by Sue Patterson.

Patterson inspired many young artists as an elementary teacher in Alamosa and motivated a total of 12 student teachers throughout her career. Patterson credits Gerry Thiel, her Fort Morgan High School art instructor and 1981 Adams State graduate; Steve Quiller, former Adams State art professor; Cloyde Snook, Adams State emeritus professor of art; and Sister Mary Lavey, 1977 Adams State graduate and former Adams State professor of art; with encouraging her love of art and strengthening her skills.

The Cloyde Snook exhibit includes Patterson, Thiel, Quiller, Snook, Lavey, and eight of Patterson's former Adams State student teachers: Cheryl Bishop, Megan Brockriede, Jesse Crock, John Dodds, Emily (Scott) Gabaldon, Karla A. Lee, Ben Quinn, and Tauri Sims.

Patterson received her Bachelor of Art in art education in 1983 and her Master of Art in art with an emphasis in ceramics and printmaking in 1986, from Adams State. She received the Colorado Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in 2009 and now serves on the Colorado Creative Industries (formerly Colorado Council on the Arts) as a council member. Patterson plans on pursuing her own art, primarily in painting, during retirement.

The Adams State Art Department is currently on summer hours; to schedule a time to view the exhibit, prior to the closing reception, call 719-588-8915.