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Susan Arthur
Brooklyn, NY

About the Artist

Susan Arthur received her BA from Grinnell College and MFA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also studied at Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes, France), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and New York Studio of Drawing Painting, and Sculpture. The opportunity to work with respected artists such as Graham Nickson, Barbara Grossman, Bobbie McKibbin, Natalie Charkow Hollander, and Charles Cajori, as well as at numerous institutions, fostered an appreciation for multiple forms of expression and creative purpose. She has exhibited at Bowery Gallery in NYC, Art Chi…

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About the Artist

Susan Arthur received her BA from Grinnell College and MFA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also studied at Université de Haute-Bretagne (Rennes, France), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and New York Studio of Drawing Painting, and Sculpture. The opportunity to work with respected artists such as Graham Nickson, Barbara Grossman, Bobbie McKibbin, Natalie Charkow Hollander, and Charles Cajori, as well as at numerous institutions, fostered an appreciation for multiple forms of expression and creative purpose. She has exhibited at Bowery Gallery in NYC, Art Chicago (with Browse and Darby from London, England) and numerous group shows throughout the US including Wright State University Art Galleries (Dayton, OH), Grinnell College Museum of Art (Grinnell College), First Street Gallery (NYC), Touchstone Gallery (Washington DC), Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), Masur Museum of Art (Monroe, LA), Flow 305 Gallery (online gallery viewed on Artsy), and others. She has received numerous awards in juried exhibits, including Best of Show at the River Market Regional Exhibition (Kansas City, MO), Award of Excellence at Ridge Art Association, Inc.’s 3rd Annual National All Media Exhibition (Winter Haven, FL), as well as numerous Juror’s Awards and University Purchase Prize from Wright State University Art Gallery.

Arthur’s paintings are grounded in drawing and they evolve organically through process and observation, trial and error, assuredness and even as a consequence of moments of doubt. The accumulation of marks, the addition of color requires or beckons a response—more marks or colors, or sometimes muting or removal of past choices. The paintings evolve as form, shape, movement, spatial tensions, color interactions are noticed, take hold, and are further developed. The works are complete when they no longer invite an immediate response but should remain open enough to allow for the continued possibility of becoming. Evidence of the search, or even painterly struggle, becomes integral to the final state. The process of working is personal and idiosyncratic, but once the painting is released, the viewer’s interpretations are welcomed. The paintings aren’t meant to be static creations, but rather hope to invite continued reflection.

Arthur lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist’s Work

Emerge from quiet
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Emerge from Quiet

By Susan Arthur

Emerge 3
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Emerge

By Susan Arthur

Trace 2
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Trace

By Susan Arthur

Intricacies
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Intricacies

By Susan Arthur

Storm 9
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Storm

By Susan Arthur

Circle back
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Circle Back

By Susan Arthur

Becoming 2
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Becoming

By Susan Arthur

Dissolution
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Dissolution

By Susan Arthur

Sight in between
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Sight In Between

By Susan Arthur

Ember
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Ember

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 11
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Musing Series 1.1

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 12
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Musing Series 1.2

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 13
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Musing Series 1.3

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 14
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Musing Series 1.4

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 15
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Musing Series 1.5

By Susan Arthur

Musing series
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Musing Series 2.1

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 22
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Musing Series 2.2

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 23
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Musing Series 2.3

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 24
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Musing Series 2.4

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 25
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Musing Series 2.5

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 31
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Musing Series 3.1

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 32
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Musing Series 3.2

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 33
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Musing Series 3.3

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 34
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Musing Series 3.4

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 35
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Musing Series 3.5

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 41
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Musing Series 4.1

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 2
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Musing Series 4.2

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 43
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Musing Series 4.3

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 44
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Musing Series 4.4

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 45
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Musing Series 4.5

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 3
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Musing Series 5.1

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 52
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Musing Series 5.2

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 53
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Musing Series 5.3

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 54
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Musing Series 5.4

By Susan Arthur

Musing series 55
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Musing Series 5.5

By Susan Arthur

Dancer 6
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Dancer

By Susan Arthur

Rivulets
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Rivulets

By Susan Arthur

Coalesce
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Coalesce

By Susan Arthur

Interstice
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Interstice

By Susan Arthur

Escarpment 2
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Escarpment

By Susan Arthur

Selected Exhibitions

  • Flow 305 Gallery, "Works on Paper"
    Artsy, online, 2019
  • Flow 305 Gallery, "Material Abstraction"
    Artsy, online, 2019
  • Flow 305 Gallery, "New Work"
    Artsy, online, 2019
  • Flow 305 Gallery, "Figures and Air"
    Artsy, online, 2019

Education

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MFA
    Lincoln, Nebraska,1999 
  • New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, non-matriculating student
    New York, NY,1998 
  • Yale University, non-matriculating student
    New Haven, CT,1993 
  • Grinnell College, BA
    Grinnell, IA,1991