"I dedicate my performances to the loving memory of my late father who passed away two days before opening night."
Acting in THE WHITE BLACKS
Written & Directed by Melanie Maria Goodreaux
February 27, 2020 – March 13, 2020 Review
Acting in 'Jesus Hopped The A Train' a play set in Rikers Island jail by the great American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Stephanie Ogeleza. Pristine Playhouse. At Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY
January 2020 Spot her in the Trailer
ART Break OUT Presents 'Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices' Art Exhibition curated by Bonnie Astor and Lois Stavsky The Local NY, Long Island City NY Jan. 2020-Feb. 2020
12/4/2019 Speaking about her artwork in relation to her mental illness at 'Madness Creativity, and The Artistic Pursuit' Hosted by The Icarus Project NYC and Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, Lower East Side, NYC
5/2019 'Artist Talk-TALK BACK Breaking Down: A Discussion on Art And Mental Illness', with Director and Artists of Fountain House Gallery. Organized by Laurie Berenhaus, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2017-2018 Susan worked with Center for Urban Community Services as a Speaker & Trainer on the Crisis Intervention Team, training the NYPD on calls dealing with "Emotionally Disturbed Persons." Susan has changed this term of EDP to "Every Day Person"
2018 Artist Talk-'The Role of the Arts in Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness' Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Event. Speaking about her art and connection to Fountain House Gallery, NYC Roosevelt House, Hunter College, NYC.
2018 Artist Talk-'Accessibility Workshop for Curators' York College Fine Art Gallery. Speaking about her artwork and assisting Ariel Willmott, Director of Fountain House Gallery in her presentation, Jamaica, NY
2018 Artist Talk -'MIXTAPE' Exhibition, Museum Of Modern Art, Education and Research Building. Opening Reception, representing Fountain House Gallery. MoMA NYC
2017, 2015 Hosting 'Open Mic Night', Mental Health Project at Urban Justice Center, NYC
(Marking the first workshop in the opening of Studio Space for Gallery)
Q & A at The Reel Recovery Film Festival for Susan's directorial debut, 'RELEASED' (2014) an autobiographical documentary short film. (Featuring the song, 'I Was Trash When You Met Me' lyrics and singing by Susan for her film. Video of song on Shyla Idris Channel YouTube)
Acting and Additional Camerawork in 'Patient's Rites' (2014) a musical documentary film directed by Issa Ibrahim. Screened at Anthology Film Archives 2017, Au Contraire Film Festival 2016, NYC Mental Health Film Festival 2015, Flickers 2015 and The Big Apple Film Festival 2014
Album Release. Co-writer of several songs with Issa Ibrahim. Check out 'Exploitation' and 'Driving While Black' (D.W.B.) for the DSM 5 Band's, 'Insanity Never Sounded So Good' Album. "She envisioned a cinematic 70's car chase and I ran with it." -Issa Ibrahim
Get inside the unfiltered mind of Outsider Artist Susan Spangenberg as she talks about mental health, art and the art of living...
Jan. 9, 2020 Interviewed by Chelsea Katz for NY 1 Queens Long Island City NY Art Exhibit 'Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices' at The Local NY
2019 Interview with Art Break Out, NYC
2019 Interview with Mental Spaghetti, UK
2017 Interview on KD Outsider Art
"There's a darkness, rawness, pain, and oftentimes juxtaposition in your work that I really admire and appreciate" -Jonathan Starke, Founding Editor. Review of Issue #7
2017 Featured in The Review 'A Lit Mag Filled With Unique Voices' Palooka Magazine, Issue #7
2015 'Tell Your Own Story' article written by Susan for Beautiful Minds Magazine
1999 Interview on Bravo TV Show, 'Ooh La La' with host Mark Williams on being an artist & the main subject of the HBO Feature Documentary, 'The Living Museum'
(Susan later pulled out of the film before it was released as well as the L.A. Times article that followed, moving to the beat of her own drum)
1996 Interviewed at The Living Museum for The Queens Chronicle. 'Living Museum Of Art Is More Than Therapy At Creedmoor',
(Susan was a member artist of The Living Museum Collective, Queens Village, NY from 1995-2001 as an inpatient and outpatient)
2020 Berkshire Fine Arts Review of 'The White Blacks' play at Theater for The New City, NYC. Susan played the role of "Evelyn", under her stage name Shyla Idris.
2019 Featured in Queens Daily Eagle ‘Unnoticed’ artists get their due in LIC exhibition
2019 Featured Artist in Queens News Article 'ART BreakOUT presents first ever exhibition ‘Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices’ in Long Island City'.
2019 Featured in Gregor Collins' 'Humans In My Phone' Mini Documentary Series. Listed under 'HOMEBOY'
2019 Fountain House Gallery's 'Heavy Sauce' exhibit mentioned in Raw Vision Magazine.
2019 Artwork featured in Antique & The Arts Weekly for 'Heavy Sauce' Exhibition FHG
2019 Featured in Press Release for Heavy Sauce Exhibitioin, Fountain House Gallery, NYC
2019 Art published in The Fountain Pen
2019 'Fountain House Gallery Hosts Long Island City Doubleheader', Fountain House Times
2019 'Knotted, Pieced & Wound' Exhibition from Fountain House Gallery, reviewed in Raw Vision Magazine.
2019 Artwork on display at Citigroup Building. NY Times Article, 'A Kingdom In Pieces' Exhibition. Fountain House Gallery in association with The American Folk Art Museum.
2018 Artwork featured in 'The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine'
2018 Artwork shown in 'Fountain House Studio Has Sprawling Space For Artistic Growth' in Downtown Express
2018 Artwork shown in Art In America Guide for 'Fountain House Studio Inaugural Show' on view at Fountain House Gallery
2018 Artwork shown in 'One Year Later: Artist's Reflect on the Women's March' New York Magazine
2017 Artwork featured in 'Reimagining The Peaceable Kingdom' Maine Antique Digest
2017 Artwork featured in 'This Organization Helps Artists Who Are Homeless Or Have Disabilities Live Their Dreams' in UPROXX
2017 'Fashion Art At Fountain House' Liz Daly's Culture Digest
2017 Artwork published in Antiques and The Arts Weekly
2017 'Art Of Fashion' Wall Street International
2017 Artwork featured in Art In America, representing Fountain House Gallery
2017 Artwork published on the cover of The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine
2017 'In These Uncertain Times' article Fountain House Gallery
2017 Artwork from ArtLifting featured in Project 375
2016 Photography published online at Broken Light Collective
2015 South African Recovery Film Festival
2015 Artwork published in The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine