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susan on a gate1943 . . . I was born in a small town in Vermont.
I am the oldest of three girls.

Much of the year we lived at my grandparents hotel, the Barrows House, in Dorset, Vermont.

When the hotel was closed for the winter Grampa taught us to play “mountain music” sitting at the white linen covered tables in the big dining room tapping gently with knives on glasses filled with water.

I spent my days roaming, fishing, building forts in the woods and performing plays with my best friend and my cousin for anyone who would watch.

I collected crooked twigs from apple trees, pale blue birds’ eggs dropped from branches too high to reach, “good luck” rocks (the kind with a white band running all the way around), butterfly wings and arranged them just so in white owl cigar boxes my grandfather gave me when he had smoked the last smoke in the box.

2016 . . . Nostalgia, a yearning or longing for a place or time . . . my sisters and I reminisce about our magical childhood and they remind me that I am still roaming, playing music ( only now I am teaching myself the ukulele) collecting treasures,
arranging them in boxes or as mixed media sculptures or collages which more often than not add my own special twist to memories, events and those frustrations,yearnings, wishes and hopes we all have.

SUSAN B WOOD holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University as well as degrees from Green Mountain College in Vermont and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

She has formerly held the positions of CEO of the Mendocino Art Center in California;

Director of Education and Programs at the American Craft Museum in New York City and

Director of Greenwich House Pottery at Greenwich House Settlement also in New York City.

Susan has served as an evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, an accrediting institution and on the Boards of Directors of numerous national art educational centers.

Susan has recently returned to the Mendocino coast to resume her full time studio work after spending time first in Florida, and most recently Vermont, designing several properties for use as artists’ living and work spaces.

During her time away from California Susan also received two unique opportunities to travel.
She was awarded a position as an International Exchange Artist in Indonesia on the island of
Java; living and working in the compound of two internationally known batik artists, and she traveled in China and Mongolia where she lived during the winter with a family of nomads.

Many remember Susan’s popular hand painted velvet clothing and silk screened home accessories lines, “SBW:fine textiles” which were produced on the Mendocino Coast and marketed nationally.

I am happy as a clam, back in Mendocino, living in a 700 square foot yurt on a beautiful piece of property, seeing good friends, meeting many new folks and creating lots of new art work.

Looking forward to meeting and seeing you all soon.
For additional information about materials and techniques.
You can contact me anytime via email: Susan B Wood


2017 Beyond Reason: Odd Fellows Gallery, Mendocino, California
Assemblage and Collage: Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California
Pop Up Show: Event Coat, Odd Fellows Gallery, Mendocino, California
Masks and Mirrors: OddFellows Gallery, Mendocino, California
Pop Up Show: Fabric Installation, Odd Fellows Gallery, Mendocino, California

2016 Moved from Manchester, Vermont to Mendocino, California

Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont, Group exhibition
2013 Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, Vermont, “New Artists”

2013 Moved from Tampa Bay to Manchester, Vermont

Brad Cooper Gallery, New Artists, Tampa, Florida
2012 Cakewalk Artists’ Co-operative... Solo Exhibition, St. Petersburg, Florida
2011 Cakewalk Artists
’ Co-operative... Solo Exhibition, St. Petersburg, Florida

02archive2008 Moved from Mendocino to Tampa Bay, Florida

2009 Odd Fellows Gallery, group exhibition, Mendocino, California
2009 Odd Fellows Gallery, “Pushing Boundaries”, Mendocino, California
2009 Odd Fellows Gallery, “Creative Forces”, Mendocino, California
2006-2007 Partners Gallery, “Partners and Friends”, Little River, California
2006-2007 Bella Flora Gallery at Heritage House, Little River, California
2006-2007 DM Russell Gallery, Carmel Valley, California
2006-2007 Gualala Art Center, “Wet Paint”, Gualala, California

Gualala Art Center, 2 Juried Exhibitions, Wet Paint, Gualala, California
2001-2004 Dolphin Gallery, Gualala, California
2001-2004 City Arts Gallery, 3 juried exhibitions, Point Arena, California

Textiles • SBW Line of Men and Women’s Clothing and Home Accessories

textile012004 SBW Fine Textiles - During this time period ,1992-2006, over 50 retail venues
across the United States carried the SBW Line of Men and Women’s Clothing
and Home Accessories, including Harari in Los Angeles and Santa Monica and Wilkes Bashford in Mendocino and San Fransisco.
Southwest Crafts Exposition, Albuquerque, New Mexico
International Home Furnishings Center, High Point, North Carolina
American Crafts Council, juried wholesale markets, Baltimore and Atelier, Wholesale buyers market, fashion weeks, New York City, New York
Contemporary Crafts Market, juried wholesale markets ,San Francisco and Santa Monica, California
Buyers Market, Juried Wholesale Market, Philadelphia, PA

2001 Articles, Solo Exhibition, Mendocino, California
Solo exhibition, Pastels, Greenwood Pier, Elk ,California

04archive2000 Articles, Solo Exhibition, Mendocino, California

Niche Award, Excellence in Textiles, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
1998 Finalist Philadelphia Museum of Art, Annual Juried

1996 Wilkes Bashford, Solo Exhibition “Art in Textiles” Pastels and SBW Clothing
1992 Solo Exhibition, Flight of Fancy, Mill Valley, California
1992 Invitational Group Exhibition, Greenwood Pier, Elk, California

Solo exhibition, Winona Gallery, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California

1988 Moved from New York City to Mendocino, California

1986 Solo Exhibition, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York City, New York
ARTPARK Juried Residency, Creation of Large Scale Sculptural Installation, Lewiston, New York
Mamaroneck Artists Guild National Juried Exhibition, Mamaroneck, New York

1984 Jane Hartsook Gallery, juried group exhibition, New York City, New York

1983 Solo exhibition, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont
“International Tea Party”, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon

“Clay: A National Survey”, Portland, Oregon
1982 “What’s New In Clay” University of Houston, Texas
1982 Cooperstown 47th “Annual National Art Exhibition”, Cooperstown Art
1982 Association. New York
1982 Lowe Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

1981 “Vessel Aesthetic”, Taft College Art Gallery, Downey Museum of Art, California
1981 (catalogue cover piece and purchase award)
1981 “Jubilee 50”, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
1981 “New York State - New Clay Talent”, New York, New York
1981 “Primary Art II”, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
1981 “Haystack Tradition - Art in Craft Media”, Bowdoin College, ME

canvas1980 “Contemporary Ceramic Plates-National Plate Show”, Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
1980 Finger Lakes Show, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
1980 Solo Exhibition, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

1979 “Raku V” , Peter’s Valley, Layton, New Jersey
1980 Wichita State University Exhibition, Kansas

1978 “Mamaroneck Artists Guild National Juried Exhibition”, Mamaroneck, New York
1980 North View Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, New York

Featured Articles in Publications

Metro Magazine of Tampa Bay, Florida, Spring 2011
Featured Artist Surface Design,
“An Interview with Susan B. Wood: Changing Colors” by Patricia Malarcher,
1996 Ceramics Monthly, Spring 1984, Review of the work of Everette Busby
1981 - Featured in “New Works”, Susan B. Wood
American Craft, 1985, 1988, Reviews of NCECA Annual Exhibitions
Artweek, 1981, Cover piece and review of Susan B. Wood ceramic works

Public Collections

Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California

P. O. Box 174 Mendocino, California 95460
I am sure that most of you would prefer to just send me an email.