Susan Abbott



Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA (Summa Cum Laude)
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting,
MFA (Grace Hartigan, advisor)
University of Iowa, Graduate School of Printmaking, (Mauricio
Lasansky, advisor)
Selected Solo Exhibition
2014McGowan Fine Art, “Back Roads and Byways”, Concord, NH
2012West Branch Gallery, "A Place Apart", Stowe, VT
2010Southern Vermont Arts Center, "A Sense of Place", Manchester, VT
2009Castleton State College, "Wonder Road", Castleton, VT
2007Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, "Wonder Road", Montpelier, VT
2006Erlich Gallery, Marblehead, MA
2005Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, VT
2005Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
2003Clarke Gallery, Stowe, VT
2002Portals, Ltd, Chicago, IL
2002Gallery K; Washington, DC
2000Portals, Ltd, Chicago, IL
1999Clarke Gallery, Stowe, VT
1999Gallery K; Washington, DC
1999Gallery K; Washington, DC
1997Gallery K; Washington, DC
1994Gallery K; Washington, DC
1992Gallery K; Washington, DC
1988Gallery K; Washington, DC
1987Gallery K; Washington, DC
1985Hull Gallery; Washington, DC
Selected Group Exhibition
2014“The Nitty Gritty”; Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2013“Endless Flowers”; Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
2011"Fresh Air: Landscape-Inspired Work"; West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT
2009-10"The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future through Art"; twenty-three community venues
throughout Vermont; Senate Rotunda, Washington, DC
"Women to Watch" (sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts),
West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT; Christina Price Gallery, Castleton, VT;
Amy Tarrant Gallery, Burlington, VT; St. Michael's College, Burlington, VT
2007"Artists' Sketchbooks and Illustrated Journals: Exploring the Invisible", National Museum of Women in the Arts
"The Traveling Artist"; Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
"New Vistas", Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
2004"A Tour Through Rajasthan", Habitat Center, New Delhi, India
2002"Fables"; Aix-en Provence, FR; Temple Gallery, Rome; Maryland
Institute, College of Art, Baltimore; University of Seattle
"Book as Art: Temptations"; National Museum of Women in the Arts
2001-2002"Miami Art Fair", Miami, FL
2001"Ultra Real"; Longwood Center for Visual Arts, Farmville, VA
"Being Still: Contemporary Still Life; Sharon Arts Center, Sharon, NH
"Dona Ana Arts Invitational"; Las Cruces, NM
1999"Still Life: Infinitely Moving"; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
1998"Artists on the Road: Travel as a Source as Inspiration"; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
1997"Rethinking Realism: Contemporary American Watercolors", Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, PA
"Objects of Personal Significance", Hunter Museum of Art, Knoxville Museum of Art, Eastern Illinois University; Texas Tech; The Hyde Collection; Wichita Center for the Arts; Dunedin Fine Arts Center; Metropolitan State College
"Art and Technology", Museum of Technology, San Jose, California
1995"Collector's Exhibition"; Arkansas Art Center, Little Roc
"American Watercolors", Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
1994"Personal Visions: Six Artists", Hood College, Frederick, MD
1993"Rocky Mountain National Watermedia" (Watermedia Award); Golden, CO
"Hero", Fondo del Sol, Washington, DC
1992"WPA at the Hemicycle", Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
"Four Person Invitational", Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
1991"New Work: Faculty", Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
"The New Romanticism", Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD
"New Prints", Orion Editions, New York City, NY
"Artscape 91: Images of Baltimore", Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore
"Contemporary Still Life", Steven Scott Gallery, Baltimore, MD
"Prints as Process", Gallery K, Washington Whitman College, Walla Wall, WA
1990"Memento Mori", Fondo del Sol Arts Center, Washington, DC
1989"Six Artists", Sazama/Brauer Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988"Consonance", Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
1985"Personal Realities: Five Ways of Seeing", Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
Selected Collection
Oprah Winfrey, Chicago, IL
Gund Company, New York, NY
LeBoef, Lamb, Leiby & McRae, Washington, DC
American Financial Services Association, Washington, DC
Federal Home Mortgage Administration, Washington, DC
Chittenden Bank, Burlington, VT
Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, Washington, DC
Til Hazel Corporation, Fairfax,VA
Najeeb Hallaby, Great Falls, VA
Crowell, Moring, Washington, DC
Tower Club, Washington, DC
Peat, Marwick, & Mitchell, Washington, DC
Sullivan and Cromwell, Washington, DC
Mead Data Central, Washington, DC
Prince Talal bin Mansour Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Jedda, Saudi Arabia
Montgomery County, Maryland Art Collection
Howard Tullman Collection, Chicago
Selected Reviews
2009Seven Days, "Picturing Vermont", Kevin Kelley, December
2008Seven Days, "Getting Real", Mark Awodey, April
2007India New England, "Wonder Road", Meera Rajagopalan, April
2007Times-Argus, "Susan Abbott: Chronicling India", March
2003Antiques and the Arts Weekly, "Abstraction to Realism at Clarke
Galleries", Oct., 2003
2002Washington Post, "Galleries", Jessica Dawson, June
2002Washington Times, "Top Picks", June
2000Sun News, Las Cruces, NM, "Artist of the Week", September
1999Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT, "Short List", September
1999Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT, "Careful Anarchy", Sarah Seidman, August
1999Washington Post, "A Watercolorist Puts Her Talents on the Table", Ferdinand Protzman
1998Washington Post, "New Show for Summer", Ferdinand Protzman, July
1998Washington Post, "The Getaway", Melanie Choukas-Bradley, June
1993Takoma Voice, Watercolor Virtuoso, Cliff Johns, May
1993Washington Post, "Hero at Fondo", Lee Fleming, April
1992Washington Post, "Galleries", Janet Wilson, October
1991Washington Times, "Print Exhibit Shows How Art Develops", Eric Gibson, January
1990Washington Post, "Galleries", Michael Welzanbach, March
1990Washington Post, "On Exhibit", Hank Burchard, March
1990Washington Times, "On Display", Eric Gibson, April
1988Washington Post, "Galleries, Jo Anne Lewis, September
Selected Magazine Articles
2012American Art Collector, "Artist's Focus: A Place Apart", August
2010The Artist's Magazine, "Still Life", Chris Hughes, January
2009Watercolor Artist, "Life is a Dream" (cover and feature article), Sarah Strickley, October
2009Vermont Life, "Brush with Destiny", Sky Barsch, Autumn
2009Northern Forest, "The Outdoor Palette", Adelaide Tyrol, Winter
1993Watercolor Highlights, "Improving Paintings", Susan Abbott
1993Watercolor '93, "What Works for Me", Stephen Doherty, May
1992Washington Flyer, "Gallery Place", Sarah Grusin, October
1987Watercolor '87, "Improving Paintings with Stronger Colors", Susan Abbott, January
1987Museum and Arts, "Around Town", Florence Gibbard, September
1986American Artist Magazine, "Survey of Contemporary Still Life", February
Catalogues and Books
2009The Art of Action, The Vermont Arts Council
2007Artists' Sketchbooks and Illustrated Journals: Exploring the In/Visible,
National Museum of Women in the Arts
2004Still Lifes and Florals, International Artist Press
2002Book as Art: Temptations, National Museum of Women in the Arts
1998Artists on the Road, National Museum of Women in the Arts
1997Objects of Personal Significance, Janet Marquardt-Cherry
1995Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner Books
1994Susan Abbott: Romance and Meaning, Gerrit Henry
Site Commissions
2009National Rural Electrical Cooperative Commission, Ballston, Virginia
Media Events and Appearances
2009Art Express, PBS, "Art of Action"
2004The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Favorite Things"
2003The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio, "Being an Artist"
2004Lecture and Exhibit, United States Embassy, Delhi, India
Awards and Fellowships
2009"Art of Action" commission, VT Arts Council and Lyman Orton
(One of then artists to receive largest grant awarded by VT Arts Council)
2005, 2007, 2008, 2009Vermont Studio Center, Fellowship
2006Vermont Arts Council, Creation Grant
1995Maryland Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant
1987Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fellowship
1985Montgomery County, Maryland Arts Council
1970-72Gertrude Pentland and Seymour Mandlebaum Awards
Academic Positions
1990-2012Painting workshop instructor: France, Italy, Spain, India, United States
2009Juried Teaching Artist, Vermont Arts Council
(One of fifteen visual artists in state designated as master teachers)
1991-93Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore
1986-2009Art League School, Alexandria, Virginia
1992-93Walters Gallery, Baltimore
1984-1987Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1980-1983Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland

Artist's Statement

“Ordinary Beauty”: New England Landscapes

I moved to Vermont almost twenty years ago for the most impractical of reasons, love at first sight. Driving through a small town in the southern part of the state, in the early morning, on my way to somewhere else, I caught a glimpse of a stream running through the backyard of an old clapboard cape. Suddenly I was back in my childhood, in a time before the creeks in my own town were culverted and the yards subdivided. The Vermont I saw from a car window looked like a memory of home, and I was hooked.

Two decades later, I’m still attracted to what I see here and on my frequent travels to downeast Maine: a work-a-day patchwork of small towns, dirt roads, village greens, barn yards and back fields. Looking carefully at these ordinary places, landscape and memory intersect for me. While I paint, the abstraction of color, light, and shape combine with subject to compose a mood and a meaning.

In these landscapes, the mood may be melancholy, the meaning ambiguous. Both mood and meaning in my landscapes—images of old houses, old farms, old towns, old trucks–have to do with age and time. Like many Vermonters, I value the old. Even when a barn has outlived its purpose, we respect its venerable presence and want to see it endure.

The Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi” has helped me understand why I find these old, ordinary, and sometimes broken-down places so beautiful. Wabi-sabi embraces the aged, the imperfect, the modest, the subjective, the natural, the seasonal, the private, the mysterious. In Vermont and Maine, I find wabi-sabi everywhere I look. In my painting, I find beauty in the ordinary, and try to hold on to the changing, the disappearing, the memory, and the first glimpse.





artNEWS: Twenty Years of a Singular Vision, February 2017



artTALK: Susan Abbott Studio Visit, September 2014