Susan Leshnoff

Susan Leshnoff

Contact Information

susan.leshnoff@gmail.com

Phone: 201-207-3520

https://susanleshnoffpaintings.com/

Studio & Gallery

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting

Archived Works

Artist's Biography

Susan Leshnoff often uses nature as a subject, concentrating on fleeting experiences of time and space, combined with a deeply spiritual expression founded in her long time interest in Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Leshnoff’s paintings have been included in a number of group exhibits in the tri-state area, including the Monmouth Museum, Kean University, and The College of St. Elizabeth, in New Jersey; Legend Gallery, the Philadelphia Foundation and the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia; and Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art in New York City. Prior one person shows were at Cerulean Gallery (Philadelphia), Legend Gallery (Philadelphia) Lederer Gallery, SUNY (Geneseo), Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in NYC.

Leshnoff was awarded Associate Professor Emerita upon retirement and Distinguished Professor Emerita in Fine Arts in 2016 by the College of Communication and the Arts , Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ, where she taught for 17 years. She is also a former Chair of the SHU Department of Art, Music and Design.

A New Jersey native, Leshnoff has her art studio in Philadelphia, Pa. Her work is included in private national and international collections.

Artist's Statement

The primary intent of my paintings is the transport of the viewer from a physical reality to an uplifting and often spiritual dimension through nature.

Skies, the subject of many of my paintings, have always been a source of wonder and a means to fill my spirit with uplifting visions and impossible perspectives created through color and form, carrying me and hopefully viewers to a juncture-- a respite for peace and serenity

In my landscapes, I try to create a sense of time and weather through color and atmospheric light. My palette colors are based upon creating an airy atmosphere that can be vicariously felt by the viewer with the intention that the viewer feels just steps away from the scene. Sometimes I minimalize and/or simplify complicated landscapes to draw attention to a specific concept--- sunlighted paths, dusk, uninhabited land, a quick view of driving by overgrown forests. Sometimes a major pictorial concept is bringing out the design features of an outdoor scene. I almost always include a strong sense of pattern in my compositions.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2021
Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2020
Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Genesis Revealed, Legend Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

2014
The SkyVision Series, Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, NY

Recent Featured Artist: Group Show
2021
Green, Frieda for Generations, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Art Unleashed 2016, Featured Painter, The Palette and the Page Gallery, Elkton, MD

2016
InnerVisions: Jean Blumberg and Susan Leshnoff, Legend Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2021
Hope & Possibility, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Benefit Exhibition

Words, Words, Words, The Plastic Club, online exhibition

Skyvisions, Le Pain Quotidien, Philadelphia, PA

2019
Shades of Purple, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Award

7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Into the Light, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Benefit Exhibition

Small Works, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2017
21st Friends of Pleiades Group Exhibit, Invitational, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2016
Spring Fever, Invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

Perpetually Plastic, Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

The Great Outdoors, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

With Eyes Wide Open, Open Juried Show, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Saying Cool, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2014
19th Invitational Friends of Pleiades, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

Inspirational Artistry, The Baldwin School Residence Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA

New Members Show, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Friends of Pleiades 18th Invitational, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

Nature Abstracted, Center City Artists Collaborative at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Scapes, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

A Taste of Shabbos, Old City Jewish Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Holy Lives, Maloney Art Gallery, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ

Summer in the City, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Chance Encounters, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

City Meets Country, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

City Meets Country, Willingboro Art Alliance, Willingboro, NJ

16th Friends of Pleiades Group Show, Invitational, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2009
13th Friends of Pleiades Invitational Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2008
University Council for Art Education, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

Art Educators of New Jersey, James Howe Gallery, Kean University, Union, NJ

University Council for Art Education, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2006
12th Friends of Pleiades Invitational Exhibit, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

New Jersey Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

University Council for Art Education, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY

2003
Celebrating the Art Faculty, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Members’ Show, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

Past One-Person Shows
2003
Nature/Spirit Spirit/Nature, Marantz Gallery, West Orange, NJ

1986
Genesis, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

1985
The Genesis Series, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NJ

Artist's Bibliography

2014
Hawkins, Cynthia, “Exhibit: SkyVisiion by Susan Leshnoff,” December 2, 2014

Held, Robbie, “Sky is the Limit for Lerderer exhibition,” The Lamron, October 30, 2014

Invited Art Workshops, Jury

2021
Nostalgia, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juror

2015
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
"Children's Art in Thereinstadt," Holocaust Education: Workshops and Public Lecturer, Guest Scholar, Art Education Department

2014
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
Hebrew Calligraphy Adult Art Workshops, February & December

Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
"Multiculturalism and Art Education" Lecturer

2013
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
"The Relevance of Viktor Lowenfeld for Today's Art Educators" Lecturer

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
"Viktor Lowenfeld: Art Theory Traversing Continents" Docent Training Workshop

Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
"Art as Transcendence" Art Teacher Workshop

Professional Affiliations

InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Artful Print, New York, NY
Legend Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2016
Distinguished Professor Emerita in Fine Arts, College of Communications and the Arts, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

2015
Faculty Emeritus, Fine Arts, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

2007 - 2010
Chair, Dept. of Art, Music and Design, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

2003 - 2014
Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

1988 - 1997
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ

1997 - present
College of Communication and the Arts, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

1987 - 1992
Lecturer, Jewish Art, Department of Hebraic Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

1982 - 1987
Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts, Essex County College, Newark, NJ

1976 - 1978
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Fine Arts, Middlesex County College, Edison, NJ

Education

Columbia University, New York, NY
Ed.D. Art and Art Education

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MA, Painting and Art Education.

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
BA, Art History

Continuing Education
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy