Remembering Sue Hess 1932-2020


The Maryland State Arts Council mourns the passing of Sue Hess. Sue was an icon in the arts community of Maryland. In the 1980’s, along with a small group of like-minded arts supporters, she created Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). This grew into the unified advocacy organization for all artists and arts organizations in Maryland. MCA’s effectiveness is a major factor in the steadily increasing public support for the Maryland State Arts Council, and through the Council to the statewide arts community.

Sue was a warm and vibrant presence as well as a tireless and eloquent advocate for the arts. For those fortunate enough to have known her and for all those who never met her but who have benefitted so greatly from her life’s work, she will be very much remembered and missed.