Rhode Island School of Design, Providence R.I.
New York University, New York, NY; B.S. cum laude in fine arts
Hunter College, New York, NY; M.A. painting
"Aspects and Ambiguities of Contemporary Realism," by Susan Barrett, Thesis (M.A.)--City University of New York Hunter College. Interview with Chuck Close annotated in appendix.
Pace University, Pleasantville, NY; Pace University, Advanced Certificate in Art Education
Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts, New York, NY; workshops
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY; Portfolio Development Program
New York University Artist Apprentice Program; H.N. Han artist mentor
New York University Graduate Extension Program; Don Eddy artist mentor
"The Painting Center Benefit 2023-2024" (gallery curated), group exhibit hosted on Artsy, The Painting Center, New York NY.
"Far & Wide: Waiting for the Light," curated by Shazzi Thomas, director, The Painting Center, WAAM (Woodstock Artists Association and Museum), Woodstock NY
"Narrations," curated by Roger Mudre, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan CT.
"The Silvermine Arts Center New Guild Members Exhibition," (gallery curated), exhibit also hosted on Artnet, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan CT.
"The Painting Center Benefit 2022-2023" (gallery curated), group exhibit hosted on Artsy, The Painting Center, New York NY.
“Color Field: Blue,” (gallery curated), Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn NY (online).
"Guild Summer Salon" curated by Roger Mudre, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan CT.
"Rethinking the Landscape," (curated), Conversations with Artists, (online).
“The Indivisible Spectrum,” curators: Perri Neri, Joanne McFarland and Kristen Osterberg, The Painting Center, New York NY.
Refrigerator Poetry Archive, February edition, featured, (online).
"Reflections on the Hudson," (curated), art and photography exhibition and competition, Blue Door Art Center in collaboration with Beczak Environmental Educational Center, Yonkers NY.
“Structured Spaces,” (juried) Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn NY (online).
“Of an Era,” International Juried Show, curated by Jova Lynne, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MI, Trolley Barn Gallery. Poughkeepsie NY. Winner: honorable mention award.
Peep Space Flat File Show (juried), Peep Space Gallery, Tarrytown NY.
Refrigerator Poetry Archive, September edition, featured, (online).
“Layers of Time,”Juried Paperworks Exhibit, Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson NY.
“Fotographia,” (juried), Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY.
Edward Hopper Museum & Art Center, (group), Nyack NY.
“Time,” Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Juror Elizabeth Heskin, BAU Gallery, Beacon NY.
“Ensemble: Together Again,” The Painting Center, New York NY (online).
“Stay Home Make Art,” curated by Anna Conlon, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY (online).
Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, (group), NY.
Rye Art Center, Rye NY.
“Transformative Light, Real & Imagined” (SOLO), Historic 1928 Anna Bisland House, Bronxville NY,
“Susan Barrett Paintings “ (SOLO), Somers Public Library, Somers NY.
Art Show Bedford, (invitational), Bedford NY .
Union Art Center, (group), NY.
Volition Gallery, BELLans Center for the Creative Arts, Orangeburg NY.
RiverArts Studio Tour, Brieff Studios, Tarrytown NY.
“Small Matters of Great Importance, Annual Juried Small Works Show, PAPER.” Juror: Michelle Donnelly, Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Edward Hopper Museum & Art Center, Nyack NY .
Ceres Gallery: 12th Annual Juried Exhibition. Juror: Carmen del Valle Hermo, Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Ceres Gallery, New York NY.
“Susan Barrett Paintings“ (SOLO), Martin Stankiewicz Gallery, Tarrytown NY.
Edward Hopper Museum & Art Center, Nyack NY.
“Susan Barrett Paintings” (SOLO), Hennessey House, Tarrytown NY.
“Susan Barrett Paintings” (SOLO), Fitzgerald Gallery, Tarrytown NY.
Red Wing Gallery, Tarrytown NY.
Faculty Exhibit, Pelham Art Center, Pelham NY.
“Susan Barrett Paintings” (SOLO), Scarborough Gallery, Chappaqua NY,
“Susan Barrett Paintings” (SOLO), Scarborough Gallery, Chappaqua NY.
“Susan Barrett Paintings” (SOLO), Inroads Gallery, New York NY.
Organization of Independent Artists, New York NY.
Washington Square East Gallery, New York NY.
“Susan Barrett Paintings” (SOLO), Inroads Gallery, New York NY.
Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, Brooklyn NY.
Hunter College Gallery, New York, NY
Pelham Art Center, Intervillage Art Workshops (Portchester, Hastings, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Scarsdale)
Westchester Public Library Systems, public schools (1999-21), NYS permanent certification K-12
“My paintings explore the themes of time, place and transformation. I weave together images from different sources, intertwine different views of the same subject, and explore the mysteries of memory. Though I reference American Realism, I am also influenced by Surrealism and Pop Art--all representing the ordinary as extraordinary.
I develop a bond with my subjects, often creating a series of works based on the same place or structure. I attach meaning to the inanimate world, houses become bystanders to a drama of sorts, as I elevate urban/suburban landscapes into psychological portraits.
Because in our contemporary experience we are inundated with a staccato barrage of imagery, I approach image-making in a very eclectic way from a large library of personal photographs and clippings. I collage my photos digitally or with scissors and glue, creating composites that I paint from. I may also cut pieces of these paintings and combine them by mounting them on cradled panels. The synthesis may be subtle or presented as an open dialogue as in a diptych. The context I create through the juxtaposition of my subjects is fundamental to my practice.”
Susan Barrett is a painter and mixed-media artist whose work explores themes of time, place and transformation. She works primarily in acrylics and watercolor as well as constantly experimenting with mixed media techniques. Though influenced by an American realist tradition, she also draws upon Surrealism and Pop art. Her practice is eclectic, as she reinvents subjects using a collective library of photos and clippings as source material. Born in New York City, Barrett did her undergraduate work at Rhode Island School of Design and New York University (B.S. cum laude fine arts) then studied at Hunter College CUNY (M.A. painting). Her work has been widely exhibited in New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley including The Painting Center (NYC), BAU (Beacon NY), Silvermine Gallery (New Canaan NY) and WAAM (Woodstock NY). She lives and works in the Hudson Valley.