Susan Grace

b. USA, Lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas

Susan Grace has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US. Susan Grace is primarily interested in the exploration of the figure, moving freely between representation and abstraction. Susan Grace’s paintings incorporate fragmentation and layering to create multiple possibilities for interpretation and experience. She often employs techniques of distortion and camouflage while incorporating abstract elements to enrich images both formally and conceptually. These seemingly incongruous elements that appear in carefully constructed, detailed representational passages interrupt the expected flow, creating opportunities for a fresh perspective.

Susan Grace

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2021 – Transformation, Reuben Saunders Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
  • 2019 – Mixing It Up, Bunker Center for the Arts, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2018 – Blue Ciggy, Jones Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2011 – Metamorphosis, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

  • 2021 – Sustainability, Social, Environmental, Economic, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas
  • 2019 – Fall Salon, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2019 – Urban Joy, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2019 – Winter Collective, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2018 – Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2017 – Current Works, KC Society for Contemporary Photography, Curated by Keith Davis, Senior Curator of Photography at Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri 
  • 2017 – Locally Brewed, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2017 – The Mind’s Eye, Strecker Nelson West, Manhattan, Kansas
  • 2017 – Re: Solution, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas
  • 2016 – Fragments: Paintings by Susan Grace and Photography by Kyle Batson, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas  

Awards & Residencies (Selected)

  • WCA Midwest Regional Exhibition Juror’s Choice Award, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
  • Award of Excellence, Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, Alabama
  • Exhibition Award, Old Forge The Arts Center, Old Forge, New York
  • Patron Purchase Award, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
  • Silver Award, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia
  • Haven Mankin Award, Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Kansas Arts Commission Mini Fellowship
  • Art Award, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Columbus Art Guild Award, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia
  • GWS Award for Artistic Merit, Gasden Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsen, Alabama

Press & Publications

  • 2017 – Artist of the Day: Susan Grace, R. L. Gibson, Art & Art Deadlines 
  • 2017 – Artist in Focus: Susan Grace, Natasha Welsh, Cider Gallery Blog
  • 2014 – Mick’s 10. Mick Braa, Lawrence Magazine (Fall)
  • 2012 – Figuring It All Out. Mick Braa, Lawrence Magazine (Summer)

Collections

  • Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas
  • The Art of Emprise Collection, Emprise Bank, Wichita, Kansas

Education

Academic background is in literature and theatre. Taught courses in Athens, Greece and at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Works by Susan Grace

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