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Susan Ziegler
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work explores the intersection of the natural world and urban experience. Through a practice of painting, drawing and printmaking, I am searching for meaningful abstract form through observation. My process begins with drawing and photographing elements in my Brooklyn neighborhood and beyond. The imagery comes from direct observation of elements encountered in daily life, such as cast shadows falling across the sidewalk, ornate ironwork, tangled grasses, and clouds gathering on the horizon. Architectural elements seem to grow, change and take on a kind of animated life of their own while living plants and natural landscape feels both fragile and resilient. Using photos and direct observation as a departure point, I make hundreds of sketches and drawings. My goal in the drawing process is to find an essential abstract form and a sense of animated life force in each element. I try to capture my own emotional response to these fleeting sensations and chance encounters. As they evolve, these drawings form the building blocks for my paintings and mixed media works on paper. In my recent painting and print series I have focused on layering these abstracted elements so that the process is a reflection of the complexity and density of my surroundings.
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SUSAN ZIEGLER
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EDUCATION
2003 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Master of Fine Arts in Painting
1998 Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Studio Art
1996 Amherst College, Amherst, MA Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Fine Arts Major
1995 Syracuse University in Florence, Italy Studio Art and Art History Program


SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
“Susan Ziegler: Monotypes” Resnick Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY April 2017 - (Upcoming)
“Amounts Locus: Heidi Leitzke and Susan Ziegler”, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2010)
“The Faint Edge of the World, Recent Work by Susan Ziegler”, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2007)
“Of Sense and Outward Things, New Work by Susan Ziegler” Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH (2006)
“Susan Ziegler, New Paintings” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2005)
“Celeste Lambert and Susan Ziegler” Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH (2004)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
“New Work: Faculty Exhibition” Resnick Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY (2013)
Benefit Exhibition for RWA Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2013)
“The Landscape Abstracted” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2012)
“Aspects of Summer”, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Lovelies, NJ (2012)
“B-Sides”, York College Art Gallery, City University of New York, Queens, NY (2011)
“Painting Pink Pajamas,” Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Peoria, IL (catalog) (2008)
“Inquiry: Five Painting Practices” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2008)
“Uncharted: Imaginary Landscapes” Hayes Valley Art Center, San Francisco, CA (2008)
“Penn Design Alumni Show” Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (2008)
“The Flower Show” Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH (2006)
“Summer Group Show” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2006)
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY Nahcotta featured artist (2005)
“Spring Sampler” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2005)
“Arboreal Adaptations” Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH (2004)
The Boston Drawing Project at the Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (2004)
“Summer Selections” Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
“Living Room: Issues of Taste and the Politics of Decoration” Storefront 1838, New York, NY (2003)
“MFA Thesis Exhibition” Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
“Work for Sacred Space” The Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
“Echo, Recent Work by Nisaluk Chantanakom, Yuhlee Kim, & Susan Ziegler” Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
“Myth and Hybrid, Artists Books and Prints” The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY (2003)
“Print Ten” Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Juror: Virgil Marti, Juror’s Prize, Best of Show
“Studios Abroad” Charles Addams Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
“Fox Family Show”, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Juror: Moe Brooker, Juror’s Prize Best Digital Media (2002)
“Art on View” 100 North 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY (2001)


AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency at Governors Island Spring/Summer 2017 (upcoming)
The Charles Addams Memorial Prize, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
Susan Cromwell Cosset Traveling Fellowship University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Grant for project to draw and paint in the rain forests of Costa Rica. (2002)
Hasse Prize for Figurative Art, Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1996)


BIBLIOGRAPHY
Victoria Donohoe. “Linked in Landscape” The Philadelphia Inquirer (June 8, 2012) 

Theo Jean Kenyon. “Visual Thrill Ride - Painting Pink Pajamas” The Peoria Journal Star
(November 2, 2008)
Deni Kasrel. "Inquiry: Five Painting Practices" Philadelphia City Paper (July 1, 2008)
DeWitt Cheng. “Review: Uncharted Imaginary Landscapes” artbusiness.com (May 3, 2008)
Edward J. Sozanski. "Her Abstracts Are Full of Life" The Philadelphia Inquirer (July 29, 2005)
Margaret McCann. "Full Palette: Summer Group Show at Nahcotta" The Wire (August 11, 2004)
Russ Campbell. "Sketches from Abroad" profile, Penn in Practice, (March 2003)


TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2008 - Present Associate Adjunct Professor, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Courses: Introduction to Watercolor, Drawing I and II, Painting I and II.
Introduction to Visual Art, Modern Art History, New Art City (Contemporary Art Seminar)
2007 - 2009 Adjunct Professor, School of Continuing and Professional Studies. New York University, New York, NY. Art History Courses: From Baroque to Neoclassicism: Masters of 17th and 18th Century Painting, From Duccio to DeKooning (survey course), Painters of Modern Life: 19th Century Painting (classes held in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
2005 - 2007 Adjunct Professor, Drawing I – III, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
1998-2006 Decorative Artist, New York, NY Miriam Ellner Verre Eglomisé Studio and Mary Lou Schempf Decorative Painting Studio. Murals, Trompe L’Oeil, Faux Finishing, Gilding and Restoration.
2004 Adjunct Professor, Introductory Drawing, Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA
2003 Adjunct Professor, Introductory Drawing, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
2003 Instructor, Drawing I, College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2001-2002 Teaching Assistant, Drawing I and 2-D Design, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1996 - 1998 Teaching Assistant, Drawing I, Printmaking I, 2-D Design, Intermediate Sculpture,
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


VISITING LECTURES AND CRITIQUES
2008 Visiting Artist, Pratt University at Munson Williams Proctor, Freshman Seminar
Visiting Critic, Massachusetts College of Art, Junior/Senior Painting final reviews
2007-2008 Juror, New York City Housing Authority, Annual Resident Art Show
2005 Visiting Artist, University of California at Davis, Printmaking Department
Visiting Critic, New York Academy of Art, Beginning Painting


AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency at Governors Island Spring/Summer 2017 (upcoming)
The Charles Addams Memorial Prize, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2003)
Susan Cromwell Cosset Traveling Fellowship University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Grant for project to draw and paint in the rain forests of Costa Rica. (2002)
Hasse Prize for Figurative Art, Amherst College, Amherst, MA (1996)

 








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