Susan Meyer

Susan Meyer Installation art

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“I make sculptures that are inspired by utopian, experimental communities. The pieces suggest architectural models for utopian experiments. My curiosity stems from the ways in which these communities reflect optimism and, the ways in which they simultaneously reflect failure. Modernist ties to the utopic and Modernist architecture also come into play; recent sculptures in layered acrylic are examples of this interest.

Currently, I am also working on hexagonal structures made of concrete covered cardboard.  These pieces are influenced by Brutalist architecture, Corbusier’s machines for living and, most strongly, by Robert Smithson’s slide lecture (1972) on Hotel Palenque to the architectural faculty at the University of Utah. After having visited Mexico to see the Mayan ruins at Palenque, Smithson instead gave a talk on the mundane yet beautiful ruin of a hotel in which he stayed.  The idea of this ramshackle, labyrinthine hotel, simultaneously in renovation and decay, is my intention with these pieces.

I’ve been visiting the sites of a number of utopian communities (Drop City (CO), Libre (CO), New Buffalo (NM), the Oneida Community (NY), Fruitlands (MA)…) and I’ve videotaped what remains there.  Compiling this video footage and adding off-hand, stop-action animated figurative elements is a related current project.

I envision clusters of these various works – the sparkling city, the concrete ruins and the small screen video – creating an environment both visually rich and suggestive of societal energy and entropy.” Susan Meyer

 Susan Meyer is a special featured artist on Ceramics Now Magazine.

Susan Meyer’s C.V. (resume) – View her works

– Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Boston Museum School/Tufts University, Boston, MA, 1991
– Bachelor of Science, Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1986
Periclean Honor Society
– Museum Studies Certificate, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1996

– Lecturer and coordinator of the Foundations Program, University of Denver, Denver, CO

2010 – Together, Gallery 2, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2008 – Together, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC
2004 – Malfunction Junction, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
2002 – Private Road, Ironton Gallery, Denver, CO
2000 – Escape, Right Galleries, Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY
1998 – Walking on Eggshells, ARC Gallery – Raw Space, Chicago, IL
– Threads, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO
– Closet, Pirate Contemporary Art Gallery/Treasure Chest, Denver, CO
1997 – A Dying Language, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO
1996 – Myth, Artyard Contemporary Sculpture Gallery, Denver, CO
1991 – Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 11, Tufts University, Medford, MA

2011 – Hive: Bees, Honey and Culture, Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado Springs, CO
2010 – Hi-Tide, Art Aqua 2010, curated by Trong Nguyen, Sponsored by Artslant, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
– Invincible Cohort, Plus Gallery, Denver CO – Co-curated with Jeff Starr, exhibition essay by Simon Zalkind, catalogue
– Excellencies, Plus Gallery, Denver CO
2009 – DenMi, Denver/Miami artist exchange, Kobe Karp Building, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL, funded, in part, by Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
– Colorado Art Open 2009, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO – Jurors: Christoph Heinrich, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum and Michael Chavez, Curator, Foothills Art Center
– Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Retrospective Exhibition of Associates, RedLine, Denver, CO
– Selected Gallery Artists, Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
2008 – Projects ’08, Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2007 – Beauty and its Discontents, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, CO
– Faculty Exhibition 2007, University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder, CO
2006 – Decades of Influence: Colorado 1985 – Present, CVA and Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, Denver, CO – Curator:  Cydney Payton Catalogue
2005 – 2005 Biennial Blowout, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, Denver, CO – Juror:  Kenny Schachter
2004 – Occupied: Fasten Seatbelts Before Takeoff and Landing, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, CO
2003 – Elegy: Contemporary Ruins, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, Denver, CO – Curator:  Katharine Smith-Warren
– Domestic Rituals, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY
– Juror’s Choice, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX
– Juror: Kate Bonansinga, Director, University of Texas, El Paso Art Gallery
2001 – 1500 Degrees, Artyard Contemporary Sculpture Gallery, Denver, CO – 2 person
– Pilchuck Glass EAIR Exhibition, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000 – Urban Identity/Personal Architecture: Five Artists Revisit Utica, NY, 
– Sculpture Space (25th Anniversary), Utica, NY
– 3-Fold: Susan Meyer Fenton, Virginia Foldestad, Gail Wagner, Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO – Curator:  Linde Schlumbohm 
1999 – Assemblage, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
– Artist-in-Residence Exhibition, Patton-Malott and Gartner Galleries, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
1998 – Objects of Personal Significance, Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO 
– Box Art, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY 
1997 – Illusion/Reality, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO – 2 person
– Small Works, Artyard Contemporary Sculpture Gallery, Denver, CO
– Assemblage, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
– West Meets East, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO – 3 person
– 20 Artists/ 20 Years, One West Art Center, Fort Collins, CO
– Edge Invites, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO
– Composing a Life: Rocky Mt. Women’s Institute 20TH Anniversary Exhibit, opening event: Denver Art Museum, traveled to various venues
– Art Equinox: A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT – Catalogue – Jurors: Nancy Tieken, Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Richard Notkin, ceramic artist
1996 – Four Stories, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO – 4 person
– Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Showcase Exhibition, Metro Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO
– Sculpture Three, Artyard Contemporary Sculpture Gallery, Denver, CO – 3 person
– Southwest ’96, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM – Catalogue, Award – Jurors: Willis Hartshorn, Director, International Center for Photography, New York, – NY; Luis Jimenez, Artist; Charlene Teeters, Artist
– Shape-Shifting: Transformations in the Art of the Book, Mariani and Michener Galleries, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO – Book Arts Slide Project, traveled, Catalogue
– Form and Metaphor, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM – Catalogue
– (Re)Collections, Main Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1995 – ANA 24, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT – Catalogue
– Experiments in Book Art, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
– Morality, E.I.O. Gallery / Art at the Powerhouse, Cleveland, OH
– Juror: David Rubin, Curator of 20th Century Art, Phoenix Art Museum
– Sixth Biennial Seven-State Exhibition, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ
– Private as Public, in a private home, sponsored by Boulder Arts Commission, Boulder,  
1994 – The 19TH International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1993 – Small Works, Schemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, AZ
– 2nd Annual Exhibition For Arizona Artists, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
– La Phoeniquera XII, Mars Gallery, Phoenix, AZ – Award – Jurors: Debra Hopkins, Asst. Director of Art for Exhibitions, Scottsdale Center for the Arts; Peter Wirmursky, Director, Lisa Sette Gallery; Margaret Archuletta, Curator of Fine Art, The Heard Museum
– National 93: Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY – Juror: Ann Philbin, Director, The Drawing Center, NY
– Cooperstown National, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY – Juror: Ivan Karp, OK Harris Gallery, NY
1992 – Things We Made, 11 East Ashland Gallery, Phoenix, AZ – 2 person
– 11THAnnual September Exhibition, Alexandria Museum of Art, LA – Catalogue, Award – Juror: Marilyn Zeitlan, Director, Washington Project for the Arts
1990 – Up and Coming, Starr Gallery, Newton, MA
– Graduate Students of New England, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

– Fellowship, Institute for the Digital Humanities, University of Denver, Video Production Workshop Track, 2011-2012 – Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
– Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC, 2008
– PlatteForum, Denver, CO, 2004
– Pilchuck Glass School– EAIR, Stanwood, WA, 2000
– Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, 1998-99
– Ucross Foundation, Sheridan, WY, 1997 – Lois Nellie Gill Award
– Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, 1997
– Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associate, Denver, CO, 1995-96

– Gae Savannah, “Picking Cherries in Miami, Gae Savannah’s Top 10 at the 2010 Miami Art Fairs”, dart International, Volume 14, Number 1, Spring, 2011, photo
– Kyle MacMillan, Quirky “Invincible Cohort” exhibit’s unexpected mix creates cool, The Denver Post, June 18, 2010, photos
– Susan Froyd, Forward Thinking, Westword, May 27-June 2, 2010
– Eric Isaac and Michael Keen, Ivar Zeile, Susan Meyer and Jeff Starr, The Untitled Art Show, May 19, 2010, photo,
– Hank Hoffman, What’s the Big Idea? A new batch of exhibits are a breath of fresh air at Artspace, New Haven Advocate, January 27, 2010
– Sarah Fritchey, Instructions to Scottie: BEAM ME UP, Susan Meyer at Artspace, iRhonoceros, January 15, 2010, photos
– Kyle MacMillan, Colorado artworks head to Miami, The Denver Post, December 3, 2009, photo
– Kyle MacMillan, Art show strikes a happy medium in quantity, quality, The Denver Post, April 10, 2009
– Mary Voelz Chandler, “Colorado Art Open” is, literally, all over the map, In Denver Times, April 10, 2009
– Calendar, The New York Times, September 14, 2008, photo 
– Liz Finnegan, Zigzagging across the medium spectrum, Projects 08’ at Islip Art Museum’s Carriage House, The Suffolk County News, September 4, 2008
– Chris Dixon, Charleston’s Inexpensive Sights, The New York Times, July, 24, 2008, photo
– Dottie Ashley, Sci-fi exhibit, Charleston Post and Courier, July 13, 2008, photo
– Kevin Murphy, Susan Meyer’s installation is a brave new world in glass and silver: A Mini-opia, Charleston City Paper, July 9, 2008, photos
– Celi Dailey, Susan Meyer: Together, Daily Serving (, June 21, 2008, photos
– Critic’s Choice, Visual Art, Charleston Magazine, June 2008, photo
– Olivia Pool, Susan Meyer at Redux, Charleston Post and Courier, June 19, 2008, photos
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Top of the Rocky 2006-2007: People; Installation Artist: Susan Meyer, Rocky Mountain News, Sept. 8, 2006
– Michael Paglia, Basis Loaded, Decades of Influence is a home run at the Center for Visual Art, Westword, June 29 July 5, 2006
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Important ‘Decades’ exhibit tracks arts, Rocky Mountain News, June 24, 2006
– Mary Voelz Chandler, 72-artist ‘Influence’ provokes comment, Rocky Mountain News, June 16, 2006
– Kyle MacMillan, Best Bets, Decades of Influence, The Denver Post, June 16, 2006
– Michael Paglia, Best of Denver 2006:  Best Museum Exhibit, 2005 Biennial Blowout, Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, Westword, March 23-29, 2006
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Top of the Rocky 2005-2006: People; Installation Artist: Susan Meyer, Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 4, 2005
– Elizabeth Marglin, Part urban cowboy, part suburban angst, Daily Camera, July 17, 2005, photo
– Michael Paglia, Third Time Around The 2005 Biennial at the MCA is an absolute must, Westword, July 14- 20, 2005
– Mary Voelz Chandler, A wide view of the West at MCA, Rocky Mountain News, July 8, 2005, photo
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Critics’ Choice: Art, Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 5, 2005, photo
– Kyle MacMillan, Best Bets, The Denver Post, April 2, 2004, photo
– Mary Voelz Chandler, This ‘Malfunction’ works well, Rocky Mountain News, March 26, 2004, photo
– Kyle MacMillan, Meyer’s status as artist soars with new roller-coaster work, The Denver Post, March 5, 2004, photo
– Michael Paglia, Serious Fun: New Minimalism is championed at Rule, while it’s new pop at +Zeile/Judish, Westword, March 11-17, 2004, photo
– Aliana Gonzales and Emily Gillet, Itinerary, State of the Art, Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, volume 24, number 3, April 2004, photo
– Michael Paglia, Artbeat, Westword, February 26-April 7, 2004
– Molly Beth Brenner, Top 10 Contemporary Art Shows of 2003 (Juror’s Choice 2003, Women and Their Work Gallery), Austin Chronicle, January 2, 2004
– Austin Now, KLRU – TV, Juror’s Choice 2003 at Women and Their Work Gallery featured, Feb. 6, 2004
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Photos build art among ruins, Rocky Mountain News, January 24, 2003
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Critics’ Choice: Art, Rocky Mountain News, October 12, 2002
– Kyle MacMillan, Landscapes compelling in contemporary view, The Denver Post, Oct. 11, 2002, photo
– Mary E. Murray, Urban Identity / Personal Architecture: Five Sculptors Revisit Utica, NY, Sculpture Magazine, April, 2001, Vol. 20 No. 3
– Kyle MacMillan, Best Bets, The Denver Post, May 11, 2001, photo
– Michael Paglia, Artbeat, Westword, May 10-16, 2001, photo
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Snowflakes fly at 1500 degrees, Rocky Mountain News, April 13, 2001, photo
– Kyle MacMillan, Drawn to Doilies, Glass Sculptures celebrate texture, shapes, fragility, The Denver Post, April 10, 2001, photo
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Bittersweet year in art leaves imagination hanging – The year in Review, Rocky Mountain News, Dec. 24, 2000
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Media Mosaic, Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 21, 2000, photo
– Michael Paglia, Art Beat, Westword, Nov. 23 – 29, 2000
– Jeff Tollefson, Boxes Full of Art, Casper Star Tribune, Oct. 23, 1998
– Galleries, Chicago Reader, July 3, 1998, photo
– Joe Miller, Report from Colorado, Art in America, May 1998
– Jeff Bradley, The Gallery Scene, The Denver Post, Sept. 27, 1997
– Mary Voelz Chandler, On Art, Rocky Mountain News, June 27, 1997, photo
– Michael Paglia, Chinese Food for Thought, Westword, March 27-April 12, 1997
– Mary Voelz Chandler, On Art, Rocky Mountain News, Dec. 29, 1996
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Critics Choice: Art, Rocky Mountain News, Nov. 24, 1996, photo
– Jennifer Heath, Four Stories’ show refreshes with inventive, fun art, Boulder Planet, Oct. 30, 1996
– Mary Voelz Chandler, On Art, Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 11, 1996
– Richard Tobin, Southwest ’96, THE Magazine, May 1996
– Mary Voelz Chandler, Critics’ Choice: Art, Rocky Mountain News, June 16, 1996, photo
– Marilynne S. Mason, Essence and Experience: New Visions form Emerging Artists, Colorado Expression, volume 4, number 4, winter 1995, photo
– Mary Voelz Chandler, On Art, Rocky Mountain News, Sept. 8, 1995
– Mitch Kalish, Art Detour and Exhibits and Events in Brief, From the Ashes, May 1992

– Plus Gallery, Denver, CO

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