' Susan Chrysler White
Susan Chrysler White
IN (OF) OUR WORLD
April 26 - May 25, 2018

Press Release

In (of) Our World, Susan Chrysler White’s solo exhibition explores issues of global dysfunction through the fusion of the baroque filigree that is a hallmark of her sculpture and the colorful geometric patterning fundamental to her painting vocabulary. In this show, White has two hanging sculptural pieces and two wall mounted sculptural pieces constructed from aluminum panels and painted Plexiglas.

This new work includes highly expressive reliefs that pour off the wall in cascading waterfalls and explode as aerial views of some kind of fractured topography. Her seductive totem-like pieces are almost decadent in their ornate detail. The drawn patterns allude to hybrid botanical and human anatomical forms in a stream of consciousness with calligraphic drawing printed on Plexiglas.

In RESIST, text is used as a repeated element rising from the floor to the ceiling intertwined in an elaborate white calligraphic motif.

White has had numerous exhibitions throughout the US, including the McNay Art Museum in Texas, Akron Museum in Ohio, Elaine Jacob Gallery at Wayne State in Detroit and Lehman College Art Gallery in NY. Her work is collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, American Embassy in Algeria, Rutgers, Fidelity, Citicorp, Hewlett-Packard, Sioux City Art Center, Kirkwood Community College, University of Iowa Foundation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, St. Lukes Hospital in Iowa, and most recently the Art Place at Fort Totten in D.C. She has done numerous large-scale public commissions. A recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and an NEA fellowship, White is on the painting faculty at the University of Iowa.

 

Gallery Opening Video


Past Exhibitions

Biography

There is a basic human tendency to seek order in the current of experience in which we are constantly swimming. There is a variety of languages (scientific, artistic, and spiritual, as well as ordinary discursive) by which we attempt to organize our worlds, and they frequently borrow from one another–thus the richness of metaphor.

Interlocking systems in my compositions allow structures to form and build larger aggregate systems. Densely layered material speaks, hopefully, metaphorically to the layering of meaning. The traces seen through the transparency of the material allude to the passage of time, fracturing and rebuilding of connections, weather maps exploding on our computer screens warning of volatile weather patterns, the instability of global political systems… Accretion and repetition express, in abstract pictorial language, dramatic environmental changes.

I want to explore ideas about climate, weather, history (both art and geopolitical), personal emotional and psychological states, what it means to have relationships, being a mother, the enormity of what it means to be human being. Parched landscapes, extreme flooding and uncontainable wild fires speak to a natural world out of balance.

 

One and two person exhibitions

2018 New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, In (of) Our World, (one person)
2016 Des Moines IA, Olson-Larsen Gallery (two person)
Quincy IL, Quincy Art Center (one person)
2015 New York, NY, Littlejohn Contemporary, Accordion Drawings, (two person)
Maryville, MO, Missouri State University Deluxe Gallery, October (one person)
2014 Decorah, IA, Luther College, FLASH POINT, fall (one person)
2013 New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, Medusa, September (one person)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Galería Atenea, Arbol De Santos, July (one person)
Sioux City, IA, Sioux City Art Center, Attempt To Translate, August (one person) (catalog)
2012 Des Moines, IA, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Fractured Language, Paintings and Sculptures (one person)
Iowa City, IA, Hudson River Gallery, Recent Painting, (one person)
2011  Des Moines IA, Artstop / project spaces
2010 Indianola IA, Farnham Gallery, Simpson College, Recent Work, (two person)
2009 Des Moines, IA, Olson-Larsen Galleries, New Work, paintings and sculpture (one person)
Cedar Rapids, IA, Iowa Hall Gallery, Kirkwood Community College, Milagro del Dia (one person)
2008 Des Moines, IA, Olson-Larsen Galleries, Recent Work, (one person)
Cedar Rapids, IA, Iowa Hall Gallery, Kirkwood Community College, Recent Paintings, (one person)
2006 Hudson, NY, John Davis Gallery, Paintings and Works on Paper (one person)
New York, NY, Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery, Synesthesia (one person)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Recent Work, (two person)
Cincinnati, OH, Chidlaw Gallery, Recent Paintings, Art Academy of Cincinnati, (one person)
2002 Cedar Falls, IA, UNI Gallery of Art, Pandemonium, (one person)
2001  New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, Psychedelia, (catalog) (one person)
Cedar Rapids, IA, McAuley Gallery, Mount Mercy College, Susan Chrysler White, (one person)
2000 Hudson, NY, Davis & Hall Gallery, Recent Paintings, (two person)
1999  New York, NY, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, Women on Women (two person)
1997  New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, Recent Paintings, (one person)
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Galería Atenea, Recent Paintings, (two person)
1995  New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, RECENT PAINTINGS (one person)
Galería Atenea, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Recent Paintings, (two person)
1993  Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Recent Paintings, (one person)
1992  New York, NY, Curt Marcus Gallery, An Installation (one person)
Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Catacomb, Recent Work, (one person)
1991   Greensboro, NC, The Weatherspoon Museum, University of North Carolina, Susan Chrysler White: Falk Visiting Artist, (one person)
1989  Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Recent Paintings, (one person)
Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Visiting Artist Exhibition (two person)

Group Exhibitions

2017  Jerusalem, Consulate-General, Current Abstraction, through Art in Embassies program
2015  London, UK Sluice Art Fair, October
Miami Art Fair, MADE & LABspace +1+1
San Antonio, TX, McNay Museum Art To The Power Of Ten
San Antonio TX, Cinnabar Gallery Professor’s Pick ( Two faculty pick two former students)
Davenport IA, Figge Art Museum, University of Iowa Faculty Biennial Exhibition
Akron, OH, Akron Museum of Art, Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, large 2D/3D room installation, curator, Jan Dreisbach, (traveled from McNay Museum) Dec 2014-May 2015
Mt Vernon, IA, Peter Luce Gallery, Cornell College, UI Grads and Faculty Exhibition
Bedford, NY, Clover Barn Gallery (affiliated with Littlejohn Contemporary NYC) 30 small paintings, February 2015
2014  San Antonio, TX, McNay Art Museum, Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, large 3D sculpture and paintings, Rene Paul Barilleaux, museum curator, (book published) June 2014-Dec 2015
New York, NY, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, Oblique Strategies, curated by Emmy Mickelson
New York, NY Lehman College Art Gallery, Source Material, curated by Susan Hoeltzel
New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, Particle/Physical, group exhibition, spring
Doha, Qatar, Katara Art Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Visiting Artist Print Project Collection, Fall 2014
2013  Davenport, IA Figge Art Museum, Faculty Exhibition, catalog
Iowa City, IA, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City and Solon public libraries, and Hardin Library for Health Sciences, Nuclear Neighborhoods…11,000 Generations (organized by Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility) August / September
2012  Auburn, NY, Schweinfurth Art Center, Super Saturated, (traveled from Larchmont, NY)
2011   Larchmont, NY, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Super Saturated
Hudson NY, John Davis Gallery, Painting / Sculpture installation, large sculptural installation
Sioux City, IA, Sioux City Art Center, Legacy ll Collection Exhibition, purchase to build Art Center collection, (catalog)
Mount Vernon, IA, Cornell College, Peter Paul Luce Gallery, SHOW…. R.E.S.P.E.C.T (The Symbiotic Relationship Between Teacher and Student), (curated an exhibition of work by former students and myself)
Davenport, IA, Figge Art Museum, Faculty Exhibition, (catalog)
2010  Wilmington, DE, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, In Canon, (curated by Margaret Winslow, Assistant Curator, Delaware Art Museum), (sculptural installation and paintings)
Larchmont NY, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Crazy Beautiful ll,
2009  Larchmont NY, Kenise Barnes Gallery, The O Show, (curated by Katarina Wong)
Des Moines, IA, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Gallery Artists
2008 New York, NY, Parts and Labor Gallery, New York, NY, Chandelier
Fairfield, IA, ICON Gallery, Large Painting Show
Fairfield, IA ICON Gallery, Group Show
2007  Des Moines, IA, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Artists, (Invitational)
Iowa City, IA, University of Iowa Museum of Art, School Of Art Faculty Show, (catalog)
Phillips de Pury, New York, NY, Rxart Invitational Exhibition and Auction, (catalog) invited by Jeff Fleming, Director, Des Moines Art Center
2006  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Making Room, curated by Heather Nicol Hudson, NY,
John Davis Gallery, Group Exhibition, New York, NY, AAS Contemporary Art Fair
2004 Los Angeles, CA, LA ART (through Littlejohn Contemporary)
New York, NY, Littlejohn Contemporary, Gallery Artists
Iowa City, IA, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Faculty Art Exhibition
2003 New York, NY, Affordable Art Fair
New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, Selections
2002 New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, An Hors d’oeuvre
Buffalo, NY, Albright Knox Museum, New York Selections
2001 New York, NY, Kim Foster Gallery, Black and White
Iowa City, IA, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Faculty Show (catalog)
1997 Philadelphia, PA, Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Inaugural Show
Rome, Italy, Tyler School of Art, Temple Gallery, Visual Arts Faculty: Past and Present
1996 Portland, OR, Butters Gallery, Looking East
Chicago IL, Art Chicago (with Kim Foster Gallery New York, NY)
Housatonic, MA, Spazi Contemporary Art, Selections
1995 New York, NY, Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union, Painting Faculty Exhibition (catalog)
1993 Philadelphia, PA, Vox Populi Gallery, Mentors
Chicago, IL, Art Chicago
1992 Lincoln, MA, DeCordova Museum, The Politics of Cloth: Selection from the Fabric Workshop
Chicago, IL, Art Chicago
1991  New York/ Rome, Italy Molica Guidarte Gallery, Works on Paper (catalog)
Kutztown, PA, Sharidan Gallery, Kutztown University, The Expressive Moment: Four Painters
1990 Atlanta, GA, High Museum, Contemporary Concerns in Drawing (catalog)
Collegeville, PA, Berman Museum, Ursinus College, Working on Paper: Contemporary American Drawings, (catalog)
Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Art Now (catalog)
Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Text in Contemporary Art Chicago, IL, Art Chicago
Greensboro, NC, The Weatherspoon Museum, University of North Carolina, Works on Paper
1989 Reading, PA, , Albright College Gallery, Art About Aids (curated by David Rubin) (catalog)
Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Perspectives from Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Four Painters Chicago, IL, Art Chicago
Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Visiting Artist Exhibition
1988 Philadelphia, PA, Fleisher Art Memorial/Philadelphia Museum of Art Ten x Twelve (catalog)
Elkins Park, PA, Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art Faculty Exhibition
Rome, Italy, Tyler School of Art Abroad, Faculty Exhibition
Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Gallery Artists
1987 Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, A Telling Impulse, Aspects of Narrative in Contemporary Art curated by Judith Stein
Philadelphia, PA, Paul Cava Gallery, Selected Works on Paper
Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Gallery Artists
1986 New York, NY, Cavin Morris Gallery, The Fabric Workshop Show
Philadelphia, PA, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Group Exhibition
1985 Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia Painting Exhibition, curated by Patterson Sims and Kay Larson (catalog)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Five Years of Acquisitions (catalog)
Trenton, NJ, Trenton State University, Four Philadelphia Painters
Elkins Park, PA, Tyler Gallery, Tyler School of Art, New Faculty Exhibition
1984 Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Painting and Sculpture Today (catalog)
Knoxville, TN, University of Tennessee, First Invitational Drawing Exhibition (catalog)
Chicago, IL, Peter Miller Gallery, Four Emerging Expressionists
Philadelphia, PA, Kling Gallery, Finale ’84
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Mary Cassat Art Festival: Women in Art
1983 Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Six Artists, An Invitational
Philadelphia, PA, Nexus Gallery, Nexus Gallery Retrospective
State College, PA, Pennsylvania State University, Recent Paintings
Philadelphia, PA, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia Museum of Art Challenge Exhibition
Philadelphia, PA, Fleisher Art Memorial, Five Years of Challenge Exhibitions (catalog)
Philadelphia, PA, Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Untitled 1983
1982 New York, NY, The Drawing Center, Selections 16
New York, NY, The Drawing Center, Anniversary Show/ Five Years of Exhibitions (catalog)
Camden, NJ, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Rutgers International Works on Paper (Purchase Award) (catalog)
1981  Cheltenham, PA, Cheltenham Art Center, Annual Painting Exhibition (Purchase Award by the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
1980 Baton Rouge, LA, Louisiana State University, L.S.U. Faculty Show
Sacramento, CA, Crocker Kingsley Museum, Crocker Kingsley Biennial (curated by Judy Chicago) (Best of Show award) Davis, CA, University of California, Davis, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
1979 Stockton, CA, Haggin Museum, Painting Exhibition, (Best of Show award)
Richmond, CA, Richmond Art Center, Group Exhibition
1978 Berkeley, CA, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Young Women in Art
Berkeley, CA, U.C. Berkeley Faculty Club, Three Painters

Public and Important Private Commissions
2016/17 Art in Embassies, Ashbakat, Turkmenistan, permanent art installation (upcoming)
Art in Embassies, Taipei, Taiwan, permanent art installation (upcoming)
2016 Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Project Spaces, Bus Wrap (June)
Iowa State University, Ames, IA Friley Dining Hall mural installation (in process)
2015 Kirkwood Community College at Oakdale in Coralville, IA (Nine paintings)
2014 Iowa City, IA, Art in State Buildings Program, University of Iowa, West Campus Transportation Center, Flash Point, permanent 70 ft. mural
2013 Cedar Rapids, IA, PCI (Physicians Clinic of Iowa) St Luke’s Hospital, Baroque Garden, permanent sculptural installation Cedar Rapids, IA, Convention Center (new facility) Two painting commissions
Iowa City, IA, Potash Collection, private commission, Hydra (painted sculptural installation)
2012 Malibu, CA, permanent sculptural installation in private collection of Cheryl Lewis, (through Olson Larsen Gallery)
2011  University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Giardini reconfiguration (with new elements added) of previous 2006 installation following renovation of the facility)
2009 Kirkwood Community College, New Arts Building, Bloom permanent sculptural installation, 2007
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Main entry, Migration, permanent sculptural installation suspended in entry
2007 University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Menagerie, Hospital Dentistry Semi-transparent sculptural installation in waiting area
2006 University of Iowa Foundation, 30 small sculptures and cards for the major donors to the University of Iowa Foundation University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Center of Excellence in Image-guided Radiation Therapy, Giardini, large sculptural installation suspended in entry
2002 University of Iowa Foundation, Large- scale painting for the Iowa Foundation building, Process of making the painting was filmed for the Foundation’s “Good, Better, Best” fundraising campaign
2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (broadcast on NBC Television). Executed paintings and projected images for the presentations
1999 Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (broadcast on NBC Television). Executed paintings and projected images for the presentations
1998/99 Executed paintings for projections for Backstreet Boys Concerts in New York.

Awards

2008-09 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award, (one of twenty-five in US)
2007 Filmed for Iowa Master Artist Series produced for Iowa Public Television
1998 AMACUP Award (Mexican Association for Arts and Popular Culture): for Milagro del Día Project: most creative new project, México City, México,
1999 Greenwich World Hunger Association Grant: for Milagro del Día Project,
1989 National Endowment for the Arts: Visual artist’s fellowship for works on paper,
1986 Fabric Workshop Artist in Residence: Philadelphia, PA, January–March
1986 Yaddo Fellow: Saratoga Springs, NY, Summer
1982 Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award: Philadelphia, PA,
1982 First Place Purchase Award: Rutgers International Works on Paper, Camden, NJ
1980 Best of Show: Crocker Kingsley Museum, Sacramento, CA (juried by Judy Chicago)
1979  U.C. Regents Fellowship in Art
1978  U.C. Regents Fellowship in Art
1977  President’s Fellowship in Art: U.C. Berkeley, CA,  (fully funded semester in New York with studio)
1976 Anne Bremmar Award in Art: U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA,

University of Iowa Awards

2014-16 Collegiate Scholar Award
2009-11 Faculty Scholar Award, (Three semesters research without teaching)
2007 Travel Grant, International Programs, CLAS Deans office and VP Research Career Development Award
2006/07 Dean’s Scholar Award: University of Iowa recognizes newly promoted faculty members who excel in both teaching and scholarship or creative work. (2 year award, one of 3 people at UI)
2003 Career Development Award, University of Iowa
2001 Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant: University of Iowa
2001 Old Gold Fellowship Grant: University of Iowa, CIFRE Grant: University of Iowa

Collections

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden NJ
Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar
Michigan State University, Lansing MI
Brunnier Museum of Art, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Art in Embassies, American Embassy in Algeria, Algiers
Art in Embassies, Ashbaghat, Turkmenistan (upcoming)
Fidelity Investments, New York, NY
Citicorp, New York, NY
Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
The Prudential Insurance Company of America, New York, NY
Linklaters, New York, NY
Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
Meniscus Medical Communications, Philadelphia, PA
Kirkwood Community College, Conference Center (four paintings and permanent sculptural commission),
Cedar Rapids, IA,
Iowa State University, permanent installation in new dining facility, Ames IA
University of Iowa Foundation, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA (Seven pieces, 3 large scale commissions)
Physicians Clinic of Iowa, St Lukes Hospital, (new facility), Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids Convention Center, (new facility) Cedar Rapids, IA
University of Iowa, West Campus Transportation Building
Kirkwood Community College at Oakdale in Coralville, IA (Nine paintings)