Sue DiCicco

Sue DiCicco began her art career studying film and animation at California Institute of the Arts, under a scholarship from the Walt Disney Company. Sue was then invited to  join the Disney animation team, rising to Journeyman Character Animator, one of the first women to do so. Forming her own studio, Sue went on to write and direct corporate films and animated tv commercials, as well as develop games concepts and product art for leading toy and game manufacturers.  Early in the digital revolution, Sue conceived and created the first online schoolhouse for children. Funded by the Gates Foundation, the schoolhouse hosted students from around the world, serving up to 300,000 school children per virtual event.  

Founding Armed with the Arts Inc. in 2013, Sue was invited by the United Nations International Day of Peace team to create a global art project for children. More than one million children are expected to participate in the resulting Peace Crane   Project for Peace Day, September  21.  

Sue has written and illustrated hundreds of storybooks for children, both starring her own characters, and famous friends from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop.  Several years ago, Sue turned her attention to sculpture, specializing in portraiture. In addition to the John Denver Remembrance Monument in Snowmass, Colorado, Sue has sculpted Oprah Winfrey and dozens of others, always with an eye towards capturing an essence as well as a likeness. She is currently sculpting gallery pieces and commissioned portraits.