Susan Lowry

Susan Lowry


Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Biography

Susan Lowry is a visual artist living and working in Philadelphia. Lowry received her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), and her BA from Kirkland College (now Hamilton College). Her work is included in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Museum, and Aramark Corporation.

Artist's Statement

Using mixed media, Susan finds the practice of dismantling and assembling hybrid surfaces leads to unexpected outcomes. Drawing and painting are integrated with found and manipulated images. Her early work reflects the influence of Renaissance narrative painting, where time and events compress in a single frame. This theme of simultaneous this and that persists in her current practice. Sequence, framing, and context defy linear thinking. Lowry strives for a degree of awkwardness to heighten emotional or empathetic responses. Themes spring from an urge to find solace in memory, and experience while remaining anchored by a connection to place. Often, themes of abrupt change or gradual awareness are evident.

Selected Exhibitions



Susan Lowry and Sarah McIlhenny, Morris Gallery, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.


Susan Chrysler White and Susan Lowry, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.


Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Group Exhibitions


Woodmere Museum 80th Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA, Curators: Michelle Angela Ortiz and Jose Ortiz-Pagan


Just In: Recent Acquisitions on Sculpture and Relief, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Selections from the Charles Knox Smith Collection, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA


The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia


Realm of Morpheus, Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia, PA


Biennial, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware


Visionary Healing, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts


Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jurors: Martha Chahroudi, Anne d’Harnoncourt, Marge Goldwater, Doug Hall, Phillip M. Johnston, Howardena Pindell, Allan Stone


Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA


21 Artists, Fred L. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

Artist's Bibliography


The Female Gaze, Women Artists Making Their World. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art


Good As Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Professional Experience

Art Department Chair, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA

Upper School Art Faculty, Germantown Friends School, Foundation, Color & Design, 3D Design, Art History, Senior Studio

Senior Lecturer, Painting Department, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Fine Art Instructor, Architecture and Design Summer Program, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Awards & Honors


Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Ireland

1998, 1995
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant


Venture Fund Fellowship, University of the Arts


Artist in Residence, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Art Crafts Show Award for Excellence in Design

Artist in Residence, Artpark Summer Residency Program, Lewiston, N.Y.

Artist in Residence, Sacred Heart Academy Teaching Residency, Chicago

Western Savings Fund Award, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia


Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), Philadelphia, PA.BFA in Painting

Kirkland College (now Hamilton College), Clinton, NY. BA in Studio Art