Susan Viguers standing in front of a bookcase, holding plants.

Book Arts & Printmaking (MFA)

Susan Viguers is a scholar, writer, artist and professor emerita who for decades taught literature and writing at University of the Arts, and, for 13 years, directed the University Writing Program and the Freshman Project. 


Susan Viguers holds a PhD in English. While teaching and working at UArts, she published extensively: scholarship in Renaissance drama and children’s literature, creative nonfiction (With Child, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) and poetry.

Beginning in 1993, Viguers studied printmaking and bookbinding with University of the Arts faculty, made books and taught in the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program. She eventually moved into what was then the College of Art and Design and for nine years directed the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program. 


  • Viguers’ books and prints have been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows and are included in Special Collections at over 60 institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including 

    • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 

    • King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary;

    • Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan;

    • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; 

    • Scripps College, Claremont, California; 

    • Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania;

    • Wellesley College, Massachusetts;

    • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; and 

    • many of the University of California campuses. 

  • Her Healing from Genocide in Rwanda: Rugerero Survivors Village, an Artist Book—a collaboration with Lily Yeh—is scheduled for publication by New Village Press in October 2021.


    Visit Susan Viguers’ website.

    Awards & Accolades 

  • Viguers has received two teaching awards: the Linback Award and the Richard C. von Hess Faculty Prize. 

  • Her most recent artist award was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Artist Residency.

  • Viguers is a board member of the Concord School House and Upper Burial Ground in Germantown, a founding board member of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and, at present, the exhibition chair and coordinator of its Artists’ Working Group. 

  • She is also responsible for the College Book Art Association Book Art Theory blog.