Susan Smereka



2007University of Vermont - Education
1993Skidmore College - Fine Arts
1992-94Concordia University, Montreal - BFA of Painting and Drawing
1986McGill University, Montreal - English/French Major
1983-84Queens' University, Kingston, Ontario - Fine Arts Major
2005-10Governor's Institute for the Arts, Painting and Printmaking
2005-06Montpelier High School, Biology & Art Unit
2005Two Rivers Printmaking Stuido, Monoprint Workshop
Champlain College, Drawing and Art History
Shelburne Art Center, Drawing andn Painting
2004Two Rivers Printmaking Stuido, Monoprint Workshop
1998-03After School Programs, Rochester, VT
1999-00Frog Hollow Craft Center, Middlebury, VT
1996-99Summer Settlement Project, Goshen, VT
1999Art on the Green, Rochester, VT
Grants & Awards
2009Vermont Arts Council - Grant to Fund Letterpress I Workshop at New York Center for Book Arts, NYC
2008Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM - 3 month residency
2005Montpelier High School, Biology & Art Unit in collaboration with Biology teacher
Vermont Arts Council - Hiddenroom, a video installation with Karen McGregor and Jane Horner
Honorable Mention for Hiddenroom, VT International Film Festival, Burlington, VT
2003Juried Regional Show, Newport Library and Art Center - Juror's Award
2002AVA, Annual Summer Juried Show, Juror's Award
Kittredge Foundation - to make and frame monoprints
Vermont Arts Council Incentive Grant - to document Streams of Consciousness
2001Vermont Arts Council Incentive Grant - to conceive Streams of Consciousness
1998Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM - 3 month residency
1996Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT - 3 month residency
Solo Shows
2012Repair, Quench Artspace, Waitsfield, VT
2004Seed Spells, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2002Photographs from Streams of Consciousness, Ranger Station, Rochester, VT
2001Incipient: Recent Paintings, Rhombus Gallery, Burlington, VT
Some Things I don't Talk About, Full Moon Café, Stafford, VT
2000Gifford Medical Center, Randolph, VT
Tasting the Unknown, Lightgate, Thetford, VT
1999Recent Paintings, Woody's, Middlebury, VT
Like Honey, Ilsley Library, Middlebury, VT
1996Chamber of Initiation, Checker Board Square, Granville, NY
Polly's Café, Poultney, VT
2004Library Arts Center, Newport, NH
2003Burlington College, Burlington, VT
2000Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
Professional Activity
2012Volunteer, Burlington City Arts Print Studio, Burlington, VT
2010Internship, Classic Letterpress, Oakland CA, 6 months
Volunteer, San Francisco Center for Book Arts, San Francisco, CA
Volunteer, Canadian Artist Book Binders Guild
Administrator, Pacific Center for Book Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005Volunteer, Burlington City Arts, Printshop, Burlington, VT
2004Group Study Exchange Program, Rotary International, Madhya Pradesh, India; a cultural and vocational study team
2003Costume design and construction with Canadian Stage Barge Company
2002Streams of Consciousness, Flynndog, Burlington, VT - sewn fabric forms, audio, photography, saplings and painting
2000Ether Ore, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT, acetate cones and paper
1994Root Route, Pawlet, VT - outdoor sewn fabric installation
1993Stills and Gaps, Skidmoore College, NY - painting and installation
Repression Counterpoised, Montreal, PQ - painting installation
Featured Group Shows
2004Contemporary Visions, Library Arts Center, Newport, NH
2002Recent Works, Ferrisburgh Artisan Guild, Ferrisburgh, VT
2000Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts, Rutland, VT
Organic Geometry, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT
1996Gallery on Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Public Art
2003Painted Banner, Montpelier, VT
Print Portfolio Projects
2006Portfolio 2006, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, Edition of 36
2005Transitions, Burlington City Arts Print Studio, Edition of 20
2004Portfolio 2004, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, Edition of 30
2003Folio, SEABA, Edition of 10
Collaborative Projects
2005Hiddenroom, video installation with Jane Horner and Karen McGregor, Flynndog, Burlington, VT
2003Showroom, fabric and paper installation with Jane Horner, Burlington, VT
1996Crone-O, Theater backdrop, Annex Theater, Toronto
Drawing and writings with David Johnston, Junctions Arts Festival, Toronto
Sleeping on Transplants, monoprints with Sarah Crooks Flaire, Village Fare, Manchester, VT
Open Studio
2005Art Hop, 208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT
2004Vermont Craft Council
2003Vermont Craft Council
2001Vermont Craft Council
Group Shows
2012Turning Leaves - New Directions in Book Arts, Chandler Gallery, Randolph, VT
2011The Altered Book Show, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novoto, CA
Love, Lust, and Desire, McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
2008Faculty Show, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT
Art Hop, Flynndog, Burlington, VT
2005Vermont International Film Festival, Burlington, VT
2004Me, Myself, and I, Flynndog, Burlington, VT
Mail Art Show, Flynndog, Burlington, VT
2003Abstraction 2003 II, The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY
Northeast Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
Frances N. Roddy Open Competition, Concord, MA
Blanche Ames Regional Art Competition, North Easton, MA
Word Works, Flynndog, Burlington, VT
Annual Summer Juried Show, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
Juried Regional Show, Newport Library Art Center, Newport, NH
2002Art of the Print, Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White river Junction, VT
Art Hop, Juried Show, Maltex Building, Burlington, VT
Annual Summer Juried Show, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2000Bring you Own Theme, Caravan Arts, Rose Street Gallery, Burlington, VT
New Work in Progress, Flynndog, Burlington, VT
Millennuium Show, Ferrisburgh, Artisan Guild, Ferrisburgh, VT
1999Festival of Fine Art, Arts Alive, Burlington, VT
1994Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, NH
2001Painting, Seven Days, Burlington, VT
1994Ink drawings, Elysium Magazine, Montreal, Canada
Reviews and Articles
2005Kadour, Ric Kasini; Hiddenroom, Art New England, December/January
Thorson, Eve; Hopping South, Burlington Free Press, September 8
Awodey, Marc; Nice Tri, Seven Days Vermont, May 5
2004Awodey, Marc; Me, Me,Me, Seven Days Vermont, June 23
2002Awodey, Mark; Forest Gumption, Seven Days Vermont, March 13
Thorson, Eve; 'Streams' Evoke Memories, Burlington Free Press, February 28
2001Slater, Martha; Projects Funded by VAC, The Herald of Randolph, VT, October 4
2000Awodey, Marc; Four Score, Seven Days Vermont, July 17
Awodey, Marc; Potluck Perspectives, Seven Days Vermont, June 21
Awodey, Marc; Three Some, Seven Days Vermont, March 29
1999Slater, Martha; Advertisements for Peace, The Herald of Randolph, November 19
Philadelphia Free Library
Currier Museum of Art
The Hood Museum of Art
Gifford Medical Center
Suffolk University
Engineering Ventures

Artist's Statement

“Things that have been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed”.
— James Frazer’s “Law of Contact”
One of my greatest concerns in creating art work is the audience’s response. The goal is for them to come away with something. I convey positive messages which can act on a subconscious or a conscious level. Oils, oil monotype, mixed media and installation are the media I work with. I choose media in which my whole body can be active in the process of creation. My themes revolve around paradoxes and how to resolve them in the process of making art. The most palpable paradox I confront is my need to express both the emotive/random gestures as well as precise symetrical lines. Their link is that they can both be rendered intuitively. In my work I am always looking for such links and balances. I am also concerned with threads of experiences (mine and those other have shared with me) that show art evoking and invoking a certain amount of change on various levels: I hope to evoke energy shifts (change) in my life and other’s. I would like to be part of the threshold that aims to accelerate the evolution of the human spirit.