Sue Buck has taught in Maryland, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico and Pennsylvania and has been at Allegheny College since 1993. Among her teaching responsibilities includes courses in drawing and printmaking as well as art studio seminars. In 2006 she received the Julian Ross Teaching Award for her challenging yet encouraging approach to working with students.
Buck has created drawings for the National Zoo Think Tank and her works have been purchased at art auctions staged to raise money for the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Norfolk Zoo in Virginia. In 2001, she was commissioned to create portraits of five individual chimpanzees housed at The Chimp Center which was until recently associated with Ohio State University and the work of Dr. Sally Boysen. The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa has commissioned seven drawings of bonobos and orangutans who live at that new facility and sanctuary. Four of those drawings have been editioned into prints and her images will also be reproduced on t-shirts and mugs; all of these will be sold to raise money for the organization. Future projects include the possibility of creating a mural of one of the orangutans for the city of Des Moines.
Panbanisha, who is a female bonobo living at the Great Ape Trust and whose portrait was drawn by Buck, was the inspiration for a song on a newly released Tony Levin CD. Levin who plays bass for Gabriel met Panbanisha and it was through this experience that she became the subject of one of tracks. Check out www.greatapetrust.com to see and hear an interview with Buck and to meet Panbanisha and other apes.
Buck has been using music by JD and the Sons of Rhythm for her films, four of which were previewed at the Great Lakes Film Festival and were also shown at the Allegheny College Art Gallery. The artist has also been creating her films to music mixed and created Rickie Hopkins and his friend Steve Snippert.