Susan Shipley

Susan Shipley

    Contact Information

    drsshiper@gmail.com

    Phone: (215) 460-9914

    https://www.susanshipleyart.com/

    Philadelphia PA, 19128

    Paintings

    Artist's Biography

    Susan Shipley began painting as a child, and has continued this communion between brush and canvas, and through various other media throughout her life. She also practices clinical and school psychology. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, Notre Dame, Ursuline College-Art Therapy, and obtained a Ph.D.in Counseling Psychology from Kent State University. She participates in continuing education at the Fleisher Memorial. Past involvement in the arts includes curating shows at the Cleveland State University, Lake County Arts Festival and Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. As a practicing psychologist, Shipley has used art therapy with students, patients, clients, and the criminally insane. For Susan, art and therapy are intertwined. She notes that, “Not only does art heal, it also reveals.”

    Artist's Statement

    Susan Shipley believes that art-making exists on a moral or metaphysical plain. The art process is activated by internal and external stimuli, triggered by an emotional tug. Stimulated, the artist reacts to external stimuli from their core. The artist reacts to the beauty found in the natural landscape and the abstract way social injustice restricts our experience, such as attempts made by the powerful domination over the land, over our wellbeing, over our time to enjoy nature. The destruction by the powerful has, seemingly, no limits. From behind a fractured curtain, the artist finds in a chaotic world. Resulting Abstraction forms from color and movement in a rushing dynamic wave that weaves across the picture plane through fractured obstruction.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    Ashtabula County Art Center, Ashtabula, OH

    Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Various shows

    Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Various juried shows

    Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
    Various shows

    Northwest Arts Collective, Philadelphia, PA
    Various shows

    Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia, PA
    Various shows

    Art in City Hall, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    Curated
    Ohio State Hospital, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
    Shows for art therapy NGRI-patients

    Lake County Arts Festival, Lake County, IL
    Shows for art therapy NGRI-patients

    Other
    2019
    Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

    Awards

    2019
    Fleisher Student Show
    First Place in Abstract Art

    2017
    Manayunk Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
    Second Place

    Professional Experience

    Psychology, Art Therapist for students, patients, clients, and the criminally insane

    Education

    Continuing Education
    Fleisher Art Memorial

    1999
    Kent State University, Kent, OH
    Doctorate, Counseling and Human Development

    1992
    Kent State University, Kent, OH
    M.Ed, Rehabilitation Counseling

    1991
    Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH
    B.A., Human Resource Management, Art

    Art Therapy Program, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH