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Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Susan J. Geissler
2009 Distinguished Alumnus
Susan J. Geissler • Class of 1974
Inducted October 17, 2009
Susan J. Geissler, a nationally acclaimed local artist, credits Niagara County Community College for her artistic success. Geissler’s first formal art classes were taken at NCCC, where she graduated in 1974 with an associate’s degree in fine arts. Her mixed media work and bronze sculptures of animals and human characterizations have gained national attention and commendation as she has created them for numerous causes, public art commissions, personal collections, as well as for monuments and university mascots nationwide.
Geissler was commissioned by the Historical Association of Lewiston and the Niagara River Greenway Commission to create the Freedom Crossing Monument, a life size artistic representation of the Underground Railroad Station Master, Josiah Tryon and others. Although Geissler’s sculptures are displayed nationally, this is her first local public sculpture. It was unveiled in October 2009, on the bank of the Lower Niagara River in Lewiston, the actual site where hundreds of slaves made their last stop on their escape before crossing the river to freedom in Canada.
In addition, to being commissioned by collectors such as the CEO of Worth Magazine, Geissler’s work has been exhibited in places such as the Disney World Gallery in Orlando and the George Bush Presidential Library.
Geissler continues to stay faithful to Niagara County, by sculpting from her studio on Main Street in Youngstown where her life size works can be viewed.