"Art is my connection to God and Spirituality."
Follow Susan on Instagram @straitjacketsusan
Career highlights include Susan exhibiting in the 'First European Outsider Art Fair Osterreichische Nationalbibeliothek' Vienna, Austria in 2008 as an artist with The Living Museum, 'NYC Outsider Art Fair' in 2018 via Andrew Edlin Gallery and her first Solo Exhibition 'Escaping Childhood' with Institute of Mental Health, City Arts Nottingham, United Kingdom in 2021.
FOUNTAIN HOUSE GALLERY EXHIBITIONS:
Fountain House Gallery has six art exhibits a year, curated by well known outside curators. Since Susan joined Fountain House Gallery in 2015, she has exhibited in every single show except two, one when she was hospitalized in 2018 at NY State Psychiatric Institute and the second because you just can't dance to every song.
Highlight Exhibitions with Fountain House Gallery have included lead image/postcard in 'Fountain House Gallery 20th Anniversary Show' 2020 and 'The Written Word' 2017, a twelve foot painting in 'Heavy Sauce' 2019.
Susan participated in three collaborations with other organizations in conjunction with Fountain House Gallery. The first with MoMA Education Building in 'MIXTAPE' Exhibit at MoMA 2018, the second with American Folk Art Museum in 'A Kingdom In Pieces' 2019 Exhibit at Citigroup Building in Long Island City, NY and the third with 'The Columbia WHO Center for Global Mental Health' in 2021.
She has spoken about her artwork at several group exhibitions, as well as outside panels and events representing the artists at Fountain House Gallery.
(Outside Fountain House Gallery):
ART BreakOUT presents “Alone Together: A Visual Meditation on our Times.” Exhibition at The Local, LIC, Queens, NY curated by Lois Stavsky & Bonnie Astor.
'Outside Outsider' Exhibition curated by Issa Ibrahim and Karen Gormandy, Local Project Art Space, LIC, NY 5/15/2021- 6/12/2021 Link
'Creative People Leading Climate Change' Exhibition. The virtual exhibition runs from 4/16/2021- 6/30/2021on the Augusta Savage Gallery website and will remain as an Archived Exhibition for as long as possible, UMass Amherst. This exhibit and will also be linked via the Arts Extension Service primary and upcoming C4CA (Culture for Climate Action) websites.
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
Susan's video 'NYC Life' screening in 'Life Interrupted' Mojo Film Festival about mental health and the Covid -19 experience. World Schizophrenia Day Screenings. Mojo is a project of Schizy Inc. and is the only public event for schizophrenia pride in Australia.
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 (postcard lead image) News Link
The Perspective Project at Rural Enterprise East, Otley College, Suffolk, UK
'Stigma' Exhibition Pop Brixton, London, UK
with The Perspective Project. Curated by Davina Morgan, Tara Rai, Creative Voices Mind and Mark Anscombe FB Link / London Art News
'The Perfect Image' photography exhibition, The Local Hostel, Long Island City, NY curated by Carolina Penafiel and John Baber
'Goliath', Off The Margins, One Art Space, NYC curated by Jason Branch
'Inside/Outside', Plaxall Gallery, LIC, NY curated by Nancy Bruno
'Transgression', Hudson Guild Gallery, Chelsea, NYC curated by Jim Furlong and Rick Krieger
'LOVE/HATE', Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY curated by John Baber
'ARTS TO END VIOLENCE' Exhibition Ron Taylor Gallery, Brooklyn NY curated by Edward McWilliams
'ONWARD' Exhibition New York Outsider Arts Fair, Booth P5 (In honor of the one year anniversary of The Women's March) Andrew Edlin Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC
'Et Tu, Art Brut?' Exhibition, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Gallery 2, Bowery, NYC curated by Jamie Sterns
'Me, My Selfie and I' exhibition, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC curated by Jim Furlong and Rick Krieger
'BtheChangeWI Auction', with ArtLifting, Madison, Wisconsin
Screening of Art Videos, 'U TAKE IT' and 'Obituary Landscapes 1' in Mojo Mental Health Short Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, curated by Heidi Everett.
Screening of Art Video, 'U TAKE IT' in 'Survivors Stories, LOONIES FEST', London, United Kingdom, curated by Nat Fonnesu
'Selfies for Survival' A-Space Anarchist Community Center Philadelphia, PA
curated by Eva Wo
ArtLifting at Leesa Dream Gallery, SoHo NYC
'Animalia' exhibition Local Project Art Space, LIC, NY curated by Julian Calderon
ArtLifting at Leesa Dream Gallery, SoHo NYC
'Elements Of Whimsey', ArtLifting Online Exhibition, Boston, MA
(marking the first time pieces by an artist working outside the UK were selected for inclusion)
'Artists for Soup' Benefit at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
'Yourself', exhibition Local Project Art Space, LIC, NY
'Over The Bridge', Local Project Art Space, LIC, NY
'A Moment Out Of Time', Federal Plaza, NYC, curated by Queens Independent Living Center, Jamaica NY
2008-1998 The Living Museum Shows:
2008 'First European Outsider Art Fair Osterreichische Nationalbibeliothek' Vienna, Austria
2000 'The Living Museum at The Dabora Gallery', Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
1998 'The Living Museum Open House', Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Queens Village, NY
1995-2001, 2016 Mural/Installation 'Inside Outside' at The Living Museum, Building 75 ground floor black room alcove, located on the grounds of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, NYC. (Susan was a member artist of The Living Museum Collective, Queens Village, NY from 1995-2001 as an inpatient and outpatient)