"Art is a soul exchange. The power of art and the connection with others it affords me is priceless."


9/2020 In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities presents 'The Journey', a virtual exhibition of artists with disabilities. Link to Susan's Art


Speaking about her artwork at Event, 'Let America Be America' Fountain House Gallery Exhibition curated by Karen Gormandy

9/24/2020-11/11/2020 Link to Susan's Work

Opening Reception Friday September 25th at 2:30pm EST with Dr. Ashwin Vasan and Frank Maresca. Online Zoom

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

Share Art Event Outside In, UK 7/29/2020

The WHITE BLACKS are BACK!! Convo & Clips with Cast  5/31/2020 at 4:30pm Zoom

This play's first run was from 2/2020-3/2020 at Theater For The New City, NYC. View Click Here

'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  5/11/2020

Asylum Daze A presentation of Susan's art as it relates to her mental illness. Zoom Event with Fountain House Studio & Gallery, NYC 5/8/2020

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.  April 29, 2020 Watch Recorded Video. Click Here

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.

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 (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.   

NY Times article

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 

2017 Facilitating 'In These Uncertain Times' Inaugural Workshop at Fountain House Gallery's Studio One space in LIC, NY Photo on Pictastar

(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)


(Lyrics) 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...

Shyla Idris YouTube Channel


1/9/2020 Interviewed by Chelsea Katz for NY 1 Queens Long Island City NY Art Exhibit 'Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices' at The Local NY, Long Island City, NY

2019 Interview with Art Break Out, NYC

2019 Interview with Mental Spaghetti, UK

2018 Interview in City Voices, A Mental Health Peer Journal

2017 Interview on KD Outsider Art 

2017 Interview & Artwork in Palooka Magazine, an international literary magazine. Issue #7 

"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

2016 Interview with the Institute of Mental Health, City Arts Nottingham, United Kingdom

2015 'Tell Your Own Story' article written by Susan for Beautiful Minds Magazine

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)



August 21, 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 and her work.


2020 Susan's 'Primary Roots' Essay and her artwork published in Orenda Arts Journal 

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' Exhibition, Fountain House Gallery, NYC

8/5/2019 Artwork featured in Mad In America

2019 Artwork featured in The Perspective Project, United Kingdom

2019 Art published in The Fountain Pen

Literary Magazine

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 Featured in Artsy Press Release for 'Shutter Speed' Exhibition

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 Broadway World 'The Coming Of Antichrist' at American Theatre Of Actors, NYC as Shyla Idris

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

2017 Artsy Review 'Small Works Exhibition' Fountain House Gallery, NYC

2016 Photography published online at Broken Light Collective

2015-2016 Artwork featured in El Paper Magazine THE LINE ISSUE

2015 South African Recovery Film Festival 

News Links: SA Creatives, health 24,  IOL as Shyla Idris

2015 Artwork published in The Fountain Pen Literary Magazine

2015 Broadway World  'RUN. HIDE. BE QUIET.' Susan's Solo Play she wrote and performed with Downtown Urban Theater Festival, HERE Arts Center, SoHo NYC (under her actor stage name, Shyla Idris)

2009-2010 Theatre World 2009-2010 Book, as Shyla Idris


SHOP Susan's art book on Blurb Books (published through her partner's account)


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