Susan Lowry

Susan Lowry

Studio

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

Exhibitions

1990

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

1989

Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

1985

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

1981

Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022

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

2018

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

2014
Selections from the Charles Knox Smith Collection, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2012

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

1995

Realm of Morpheus, Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

1993

Biennial, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

1991

Visionary Healing, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

1990

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

1989

Challenge Exhibition, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

1986

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

Artist's Bibliography

2012

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

1990

Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1981

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

2023

Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, Ireland

1998, 1995
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant

2002

Venture Fund Fellowship, University of the Arts

1992

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

Education

1977
Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), Philadelphia, PA.BFA in Painting

1975
Kirkland College (now Hamilton College), Clinton, NY. BA in Studio Art