Susan Blake is a visual artist currently living and working in Denver, Colorado.  Her work takes the form of painting, photography and both analog and digital collage. Through her practice, Blake engages her ongoing interests in pattern and perception, geology, and art history.

 

Education

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Department of Painting and Drawing

 

Columbia College, Chicago, IL

School of Photography

 

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

MA, Art History, emphasis in modern and contemporary art, Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award,

University Fellowship Award

BA, Major in Art History, Minor in Geology, magna cum laude

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019    ANIMALS2, Alto Gallery, Denver, CO

             In the Fold, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO (with Basil Kincaid and Renluka Maharaj)

             The Denver Collage Club, Alto Gallery, Denver, CO

             Art of the State 2019, Arvada Center, Arvada, CO

2016     Pattern Makers, Pattern Shop Studio, Denver, CO (with Marty Jaquis, Jerry Johnson, Jonathan Kaplan, Annalee  Schorr)

              Drawing Never Dies, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver CO

              Annual Survey of Contemporary Art, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO (Honorable Mention Award)

              ON EDGE: Select Local Contemporary Art, EDGE Gallery, Denver, CO

              Art of the State 2016, Arvada Center, Arvada, CO

 

2015     The Best of Art District Santa Fe, Habitat Gallery, Denver, CO

              Annual Juried Exhibition, Mai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, CO

  

2013     seen.unseen,  Hinterland Art Space, Denver, CO (Juror's Choice Award) 

              The Art of Photography, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

              UNSEEN, Pattern Shop Studio, Denver, CO

              The Small Masterpiece, RULE Gallery, Denver, CO

              THE BIG PICTURE , MoP, Month of Photography, Denver, CO

2012     Atmosphere, Evan Anderman Gallery, Denver, CO (with Evan Anderman) 

             Guilty Pleasures, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO 

             

2011     Food, Colorado Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO 

 

2010     Animalia, Colorado Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Additional exhibitions at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center, Columbia College A+D Gallery and Gallery 312 in Chicago among others.

Press

Michael Paglia, Review:  Landmark MoP Shows at Michael Warren, Rule Galleries, 4/3/2019

Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver’s art scene is gonna be big in 2019, The Denver Post, 3/17/2019

Susan Froyd, Month of Photography 2019:  Not-to-Miss Shows, Westword 2/26/2019 

Michael Paglia, Review:  Arvada Triennial Shows off Art of the State, 2/6/2019

Ray Mark Rinaldi, “Art of the State” of-the-moment survey of Colorado’s creative Community, The Denver Post, 1/23/2019

Dahlia Singer, Pattern Shop Studio Celebrates 25 Years, 5280 magazine, 9/1/2016

Ray Mark Rinaldi, River North gallery celebrates 25 years with “Pattern Makers” show, The Denver Post, 8/25/2016

Ray Mark Rinaldi, Redline’s “Drawing Never Dies“ exhibit keeps an open mind, The Denver Post, 7/29/2016

Michael Paglia, Reading Between the Lines at RedLine's "Drawing Never Dies", Westword, 5/26/2016

Ray Mark Rinaldi, At Rule Gallery, a small but smart art exhibit, Denver Post, 12/21/2012

Greg Cradick, How Formalism and Conceptualism Learn to Get Along: "Atmosphere", Art Blog 11/19/2012

Selected Collections

 

Mark Sink, Denver CO

Jill Hadley Hooper, Denver, CO

Evan and Elizabeth Anderman, Denver,  CO

Dr. Kristi Petersen, Denver,  CO

Ellen Yeiser, Castle Rock,  CO

Ruth Horwich, Chicago,  IL

Professional Experience

Independent Graphic Designer, Chicago, IL and Denver, CO

Specialized in photo illustration. Clients included Lehman Brothers, Grubb & Ellis and Argonne National Laboratory

Accessories Designer and Visiting Artist, Department of Fashion Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Arts Researcher, St. James Press, Chicago, IL

Worked on St. Martins Press “Who’s Who" in contemporary art and design series of reference books 

 

Arts Writer, Chicago New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL, and other publications

Wrote feature articles, exhibition reviews and art catalogs

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL

Taught art history survey courses 

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