"Art is a soul exchange. The power of art and the connection with others it affords me is priceless."
(Upcoming) Susan's first Solo Art Exhibition 'Escaping Childhood' with Institute of Mental Health, City Arts Nottingham, UK. Q & A, Virtual Opening June 10, 2021 at 12:30 noon EST
2021 Susan will be speaking as artist with Fountain House Gallery on panel discussion in conversation with Lyle Rexer, Phong Bui, Darren Walker and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, honoring Agnes Gund. 'The Creative Mind & Mental Illness; a Fountain House Symposium'. Exhibition Opening on Artsy 5/6/2021. Art Curated by Patterson Sims. Online event will be taking place on 5/13/2021 at 12pm EST
2020 Speaking about her artwork related to social justice at IDHA Membership Launch Party Dec.
2020 Watch Recorded Video. Speaking on panel event as a member of Alanon. Online Zoom 10/2020 Moderated by William Cope Moyers. Chasing The News ... Stone Cold Sober Episode 3 REBELS. Writers in Treatment & REEL Recovery film Festival Click here for Promo Video
Fall 2020 Link to Susan's Work
Opening Reception Friday September 25th at 2:30pm EST with President of Fountain House Clubhouse Dr. Ashwin Vasan and Frank Maresca.
2020 Susan will be sharing and speaking about her art at Panel Event, 'Why Art Is Essential in the Post-Covid Era.' Click here for FB Recorded link
2020 Susan discussing her artwork at 'Share Art Event' with Outside In, UK 7/29/2020
2020 The WHITE BLACKS are BACK!! Convo & Clips with Cast 5/2020. This play's first run was from 2/2020-3/2020 at Theater For The New City, NYC. To View Click Here
2020 'Beyond Bedlam': Reimagining Our Mental Health Systems Virtual Panel and discussion with panelists Ashwin Vasan M.D. Director of Fountain House, Issa Ibrahim artist, The Marshall Project, NAMI and unscheduled participation by Susan Spangenberg at end of video, spring boarding from the film 'Bedlam' by Director Ken Rosenberg, M.D. Access video on Fountain House YouTube Channel 5/2020
2020 Asylum Daze A presentation of Susan's art as it relates to her mental illness. Zoom Event with Fountain House Studio, NYC 5/2020
2020 Art and Social Activism Festival Panel Discussion Zoom Event with Fountain House on mental health and the COVID situation. With Nicholas Cohn, Jason Bowman, Amanda Suarez and Susan's partner, Issa Ibrahim. 4/2020 Watch Recorded Video. Click Here
2020 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 (Watch video from Shyla Idris YouTube Channel) News Link.
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 12/2019
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 5/2019
2017-2018 Susan worked with Center for Urban Community Services as a Speaker & Trainer on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), 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)
2015 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)
"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 on...
2020 Interviewed by Chelsea Katz for NY 1 Queens Long Island City NY Art Exhibit 'Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices' at The Local NY, Long Island City, NY 1/2020
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
1999 Interview on Bravo TV Show, 'Ooh La La' with Bravo TV's 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)
2021 Featured Artist with her 'Girl In Restraints' art series in Outsider Art Magazine 3/22/2021
2020 News of Fountain House Gallery's panel discussion, 'Why Art is Essential in the Post-Covid Era', is featured in Raw Vision Magazine's current "Raw News Weekly." The piece also spotlights Susan Spangenberg's artwork on Artsy and her Shyla Idris YouTube Channel. 8/2020
2020 Susan's 'Primary Roots' Essay and her artwork published in Orenda Arts Journal
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' Exhibition, 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 ArtLifting Artwork featured in Project 375
2016 Photography published online at Broken Light Collective
2015 South African Recovery Film Festival
2015 'Tell Your Own Story article written by Susan Spangenberg for Beautiful Minds Magazine
2015 Artwork published in The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine
2015 Broadway World 'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' Susan Spangenberg's Solo Play she wrote and performed with Downtown Urban Theater Festival, HERE Arts Center, SoHo NYC (under her actor stage name, Shyla Idris)