Susan Grace is a painter who lives and works in Lawrence, KS. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S., and she has received numerous awards for her work. Her paintings are in many private and public collections, including the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS and The Art of Emprise Collection, Wichita, KS. Although she studied painting in Athens, Greece, her academic background is primarily in literature and theater, and she taught courses in modern American and European literature at universities in the U.S. and at The American College of Greece in Athens, Greece. While teaching, she always maintained an active studio practice regardless of where she was living. Upon returning to the U.S., she held a tenured faculty position at the University of Kansas until she left for a full-time artist studio practice. Her study of literature and theater continues to inspire and influence her work.
This new body of work with be installed in our windows and can be viewed from outside as well as inside.
“Sometime in the mid ‘80s, I encountered a vintage Japanese-made tabletop battery powered game/toy at a small thrift shop. I bought it for a couple of reasons, most notably the lithography and graphics were excellent, all outer-space themed, and because the more I examined it the more I wanted to know the people that conceived of and made it. It’s long gone now, can’t even recall how or when I let it go. But the important thing is I still think of it and wonder what it was, I never really understood it (it did not work). In a way the enigmatic nature of that piece and the mystery that shrouds my knowledge of it makes it one of my favorite objects. My personal Venus of Willendorf I guess.
This “Shokuminchi 39” work is my exploration of the unknown, the enigmatic, the experience of both encountering and/or being the other. But it’s also the case, as the works are revealing to me, that no matter where we go, we take ourselves along, our predilections, the best and the worst of who we are and what we desire. As my dad told me before we left Oregon years ago to start anew in Kansas, “Randy, there are no geographical solutions.” He was right, but that doesn’t stop us from exploring, and wondering…
Welcome to Colony 39.
Clayton H. Staples – “Staples Art Studio, Cucharas Camps”
For the month of March, we want to focus on artworks from the gallery by highlighting our collection with an art sale event. Join us March 6 on First Friday from 5:30 – 9:00 PM for to celebrate with the Reuben Saunders Gallery.
This exhibition will feature a range of works from Prairie Print Makers, Associated American Artists, to some of our contemporary artists from the gallery collection.
Join us for our First Friday exhibition, It Takes Two : Couples Exhibition in February. This exhibition features artists making art together in Kansas. Maybe these artists actively collaborate on pieces, maybe they simply share their inspirations together, or perhaps they even share a studio.
It Takes Two features artists:
Barbara Waterman-Peters and Larry Peters
Tina Thomas and Dan Gegen
Trish and Bruce VanOsdel
Emily Chamberlain and Joseph Rincones
Susan Blackwood and Howard Friedland
We hope you can join us on February 7 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM for the opening reception. It Takes Two : Couples Exhibition closes February 29.