Sue Hammond West is a painter and mixed media artist with a hunger for experimentation. She combines art making with the energy of Buddhism and yoga philosophy. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Harshaw Creek, Arizona; Steamboat Springs Mixed Media Painting School; and Lill Street Studios in Chicago. Her exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Boulder Public Library; Leady Art Center, Kansas City; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and University of Notre Dame Isis Gallery. Her first book She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with poetry by Michelle Naka Pierce is a text/image collaboration; her other publications include Inquiring Mind, Shambhala Times, Not Enough Night, Sous Rature, Foursquare, and Mandorla. Hammond West has received awards from the NEA; the Indiana Arts Commission; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently professor at Naropa University and dean of Arts and Education, she teaches and researches contemporary art forms and how to infuse art with a palpable transforming presence.