Susan Rostow is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, who uses printmaking, sculpture, book arts, stop motion animation and installation to imagine our world in a different moment in time. Since 2017, her work has been influenced by her Artist in Residencies, at CENTRAL BOOKING, the New York Academy of Medicine Rare Books Library and the New York Historical Society, where she researched medicinal plants and 18th,19th and 20th century maps of NYC. Her work has earned a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYSCA/NYFA), Artist Fellowship in book arts and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in printmaking. Susan’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Peru, Korea and Japan and is in public and private collections including the Allan Chasanoff Bookwork Collection at Yale University Art Gallery and the Library of Congress, National Print Archives.
In addition to Rostow’s active career as an artist, she is an innovative inventor of printmaking methods and materials. She is the creator of Akua inks and has made a major contribution to the practice of safer printmaking by developing and teaching printmaking methods without the use of hazardous materials all over the world. In 2012, Speedball Art Products acquired the Akua brand and Susan joined the Speedball team, creating new products and producing instructional videos for the Akua Printshop YouTube Channel.