Susanna Bixby Dakin
Local Artist In Residence
18th Street Campus
Susanna Dakin’s book An Artist for President, subtitled “The Nation is the Artwork, We are the Artists” was published in November 2011 by Kate Johnson’s company, Hyphen Media. Dakin has been a sculptor, performance artist, writer, educator and once-upon-a-time publisher of artists’ books, Linda Frye Burnham’s HIGH PERFORMANCE Magazine, and a community newspaper. She has exhibited and taught sculpture and drawing, and has done some unique durational performances, including her year-long campaign “An Artist for President” in 1983-84, which is the subject of the book. She campaigned around the country to promote the book, in 2012 and 2013, revisiting some of the stops where she made her original “An Artist for President”appearances thirty years earlier. Dakin is now working on a series of three novels and hopes to publish a book of poems. Three years ago she “retired”to Portland, Oregon, to contemplate a re-run of “An Artist for President”in time for the 2020 election.
Susanna Dakin and Linda Frye Burnham are the founders of 18th Street Arts Center.