Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Susie Grantham Chisholm grew up in a home that valued artistic expression. With her father an architect, and her mother with a degree in Interior Design, Susie's natural artistic talent was encouraged and developed with private art instruction during her childhood.
Susie and her brother Danny Grantham both majored in Graphic Design at the University of Georgia. After graduation, Susie married Billy Chisholm, and returned to Savannah where she used her graphic design skills in a variety of jobs.
Over the years, her graphic design talents led her into a wide variety of projects that included design work for a paper bag company, creating billboard designs, and finally, designing and building exhibits for the Savannah Science Museum. During this time, she also raised three children and managed to find the time to paint watercolors.
She had always loved sculpture and had grown up going to Brookgreen Gardens sculpture garden in Myrtle Beach, SC every summer with her family. In 1996 the path of her artistic career took an abrupt turn. An ad in the Savannah newspaper caught her eye. A portrait sculpture class was being offered and she decided it was worth the $60 fee just to find out what kind of clay to buy, what to do with it and if she had any talent for sculpture. After she had attended only three Wednesday classes, the instructor left Savannah, but the fascination with sculpture was already imbedded in her…she was hooked. She checked out every book on sculpture in the Savannah library, learning everything she could about her new medium. Immersing herself in as many aspects of sculpture as possible, she also sought out the experts across the country who shared their expertise in workshops. Chisholm has studied with various artists around the U.S. and in Italy. She also participated in a 1997 University of Georgia program in Cortona, Italy where she studied sculpture and bronze casting. In 1999 she started The Susie Chisholm School of Sculpture, bringing in Sculptors from around the country to conduct workshops. (see Workshops)
Public commissions can be seen in Ellis Square, Savannah, the Columbus Public Library, Columbus, GA, Live Oak Library main branch, Savannah; in the Savannah Islands YMCA; Azle Memorial Library, Azle, Texas; Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado, in Summerville South Carolina and Lake Mayer, Savannh. Her work is in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. and in Reynolds Square Fine Art Gallery, 31 Abercorn Street at Congress Street, Savannah. (see map) She currently has a studio in the Art Center in Historic Savannah's City Market where her work can be seen by chance or appointment. (see map)
In 2008 she produced the very successful and now annual, Sculpture in Savannah sculpture show.
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