Thomas and Susa Nawrocki: Creating a World of Art

November 8, 2012

Art, Culture

Walking into the Nawrockis’ home in Columbus, Miss. is a whirlwind of artistic delight, with sights and colors emanating from every inch of the dwelling.  With what can only be described as a museum-quality atmosphere, the pieces of art and movie memorabilia bring a certain feel of the old and the new world colliding – a touch of class, remembering the movies and serials of days gone by, and a contemporary sensibility that make the artworks come alive with vibrant freshness.

In a world where everyone seems to want to force people to make choices about whether or not they are traditionalists or modernists, the Nawrocki’s have chosen both. They keep one foot squarely in the new era of art and expression while playing homage to the “reel to reel” joy of their youth. As Thomas Nawrocki explained, “When I was growing up, going to the movies was a big deal. You saw a serial and a movie. It was a day long experience.”

Thomas and Susa – also an artist – have been married since 1966. Thomas is a retired Professor of Printmaking and Fiber Arts-Weaving at Mississippi University of Women, and his artwork has appeared in 500 exhibits throughout the world, in such locations as Los Angles, New York, Boston, Korea, Japan and other national and international sites. He was also named the 2006 Visual Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Susa is the former reference librarian at the Columbus-Lowndes County Library. Her work has been displayed in over 60 exhibits nationwide and she was a featured artist at the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2011. Together they forge an incredible artistic team bound by their love of art and cinema.

Using elements like mixed-media print, solitaire graphite, art lamp, mezzotint and color intaglio diptych, the Nawrockis create a universe where shape and form knows no boundaries – where colors, design and concepts create an other-worldliness: a place where there are no limitations, just the imagination and endless possibilities. A place where art rules.

The Fiber Space Hangings throughout the house gives the home a mystical atmosphere. Artwork, consisting of both proudly displayed finished pieces and works-in-progress, fill the residence and greets each new visitor. In short, it is a home where art is created and nurtured.

Art is the rule of the day for the Nawrockis. It is the fiber of their existence. It is the reason for their being. Creating worlds that others can only dream of is the goal and the desire of these talented artists. And all of these goals are completed while they remain respectful of the cinematic traditions of the past.

It is the old world and the new world blending to create art for the ages. As Thomas added, in speaking about his art, “Our media prints utilize a total of seven sections: one man section and 6 leaves. In eastern cultures, odd numbers are masculine and even numbers are feminine.  I am adding male and female qualities to the same composition.”  As usual, balance is the goal of the Nawrockis. It is a goal that we should all strive to realize.

Joseph B. St. John

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4 Comments on “Thomas and Susa Nawrocki: Creating a World of Art”

  1. The Real Story Says:


    My current Art Exhibitions / Competitions are listed below:

    39th Annual Bi-State (Alabama-Mississippi) Art Competition, Meridian Museum of
    Art, Meridian, Mississippi. (September- October) ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    American Color Print Society 74 Exhibition, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia,
    Pennsylvania. (October)

    CAR CULTURE: MAN, MACHINE, and NATURE, sponsored by the Los Angeles Printmaking
    Society and the Mid-America College Art Association, Henry Ford Community
    College, Sisson Gallery, MacKenzie Fine Arts Building, Dearborn, Michigan.
    (October-November) ; Los Angeles Printspace Gallery, Pacific Design Center, West
    Hollywood, California. (January – March, 2013)

    Harnett Biennial of American Prints, Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art,
    University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, Virginia. (October-December)

    Mid American Print Council Juried Exhibition, Southeast Missouri State
    University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. (November)

    THANK YOU for your interest in my Art Work.



  2. The Real Story Says:


    My current Art Exhibitions / Competitions are listed below:

    45th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Competition, Del Mar College,
    Corpus Christi, Texas.

    MISSISSIPPI INVITATIONAL 2011, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson,

    39th Annual Bi-State (Alabama – Mississippi) Competition, Meridian Museum
    of Art, Meridian, Mississippi. (August 22 – October 6, 2012)

    THANK YOU for your interest in my Art Work.



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