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SUSAN Q BROWN
 
Biography
 

Susan Q Brown is an American contemporary artist known for her inspired figurative and abstract work that evokes the natural landscape and human forms to explore separation and interconnectedness using color, grids, and unexpected imagery that viscerally stimulates the viewer to perceive/experience something new to them.  While Susan works from her impressions of the natural world, she also draws upon pillars of art history, such as ancient works by Buddhist and Indian artists in the East and Western contemporary masters like Agnes Martin and Hilma af Klint. An alumnus of Vermont College with a concentration in Painting, Susan spent her early years traveling the world, painting and sailing. Since 1990, her artistic work has culminated in exhibitions in museums and galleries. She has been an art instructor for both high school students and adults. A student of various yogic traditions for more than 35 years, a certified kundalini yoga teacher for more than 20 years, author of The Dakini Deck Book and One Heart, Four Seasons, Susan currently lives in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire along with her artist husband Aaron Brown.

Places Susan has affinity with include: Martha's Vineyard, MA where she lived and then spent summers, you can see her in the opening scene as an extra in Jaws; Moonahanis (AKA Brown's Island) Maine, where extended family has summered for a hundred years, and adds to a contiguous stretch of conserved lands, which she and Aaron have enjoyed, and you can see Susan's large-scale public art sculpture, Waterflows, in Bangor ME; Taos NM, where Aaron's grandmother, Leslie McDougall Brown, moved to from the east coast and joined the Taos Modernists along with her children, where you can see their work in the Harwood and other galleries; Niagara Falls NY, where Susan was conceived.

Praise

“Singular and fully-accomplished.”

Ivan C. Karp, OK Harris Gallery, NYC


“As viewers we are invited to enter into a dynamic conversation about the natural world,

philosophy, history, art, technology . . . in short, the universe and humanity's place in it.”
Mara Williams Curator, Brattleboro Museum

 

“The imagery of the paintings alone are full of wonder.”
Brainard Carey Artist, Whitney Biennial 2002 & 2004, Author

 

“Innovative and engaging ... distinctive and memorable.”
Annaliese Bischoff Curator, University Gallery, UMASS Amherst, and Author

 

“Susan Brown's work is the purest poetry and an exploration with paint

of the universal issues that touch the soul. Fantastic work.”
Ch
arles Bane Jr Globally Published Poet

Statement

Art is in the people who come to see it. What comes forth from art is the experience of “being” art. The process of me making paintings is completed by engagement from you, the viewer. The act of making these paintings for me is like dreaming in a mind stream, which inspires and co-creates with me.

 

Can a painting hold enough consciousness to change our own? Is it too fantastical to say that a real energy exchange from a painting to the viewer actually happens, and that a painting, or work of art holds enough consciousness to influence our own, even if only for a moment? I like to think that making art gives non-physical awareness a physical place to live.

CV

 

Susan Quaglia Brown


susanqbrown.com

Education

 

BA, Vermont College, Montpelier VT, concentration in painting and writing
Manchester Institute of Arts & Sciences, Manchester, NH, studied classical sculpture with

Christopher Gowell
International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Millis MA

Solo Exhibitions

2022
2023 "Through-Lines" two person show with Ben Putnam, Conant Gallery, Groton MA

2020-present Gallery Outside at Nectar Farm, Lyndeborough NH

2017  Paradise City Art Fair, Marlboro MA

2015 “Light” Walpole Inn, Walpole NH
2013 “Sound & Intention” Inman Square Gallery, Cambridge, MA
2011 “Wherever You Are is the Center of the World” two person exhibition with Hari 
Kirin.

          Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro VT, Curator, Mara Williams

2009 "Cows," Maureen Farr, Blue Hill ME

2007 “Flying Dakinis” Kundalini Art Gallery, Wilton NH
2006 “Inspiration” Kundalini Art Gallery, Wilton NH
2003 “Taos Clouds” High Mowing School, Wilton NH
2001 “Paintings & Prints” Gallery Alexi, Chelsea NYC
1999 “Self-portrait With Tarot” Papp Gallery, SOHO NYC
1997 “Hawaii Petroglyphs” Kavehaz, SOHO NYC,
1990 “Faces” The Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
1989 “Birth Art” Midwives Alliance National Conference, Brookline MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 Women & Passion, DublinArt & Muse Gallery, Dublin NH

2023 Rockland Observationalists, Interloc, Thomaston ME

2023 Love Lives Here, Featherstone Center For the Arts, Oak Bluffs MA
2022 Ti
ny & Tremendous, DublinArts & Muse Gallery, Dublin NH

2022 The Garden Party, Buoy Gallery, Kittery ME
2022 Wit & Whimsy, DublinArts & Muse Gallery, Dublin NH

2022 Faces of Invisibility, Gallery Outside, Lyndeborough NH. A response to the tidal wave of institutional structural patriarchy, through the medium of painting, for the emergence of story as faces. 

2020  Live virtual online group show. Michael David, curator, NYC
2012 “Art Takes Times Square,” Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 44th Streets. Presented by     

          Chashama, June 18. My painting was selected for digital display between 7:15 and 7:45 PM

          in Times Square for this international phenomenon.

2010 “NH Printmakers” Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough NH
2009 “Summer Exhibition” Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill ME
2008 “Art In The Public Sphere” University Gallery, U Mass Amherst,

          Jurors: Vito Acconci, Annie Pasternak
2008 “NH Printmakers” Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH

2008  “Regional Exhibition” Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

2007  “Regional Exhibition” Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

2005 “Color” Millbrook Gallery, Concord NH
2004 “Glass Exhibition” Sharon Art Center, Peterborough, NH
2002 “Flag Project” Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA,
2001 “Song of Songs” Papp Gallery, SOHO NYC
1998 “Reflections” Agora Gallery, SOHO NYC
1997 “Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition” Harbor Art Gallery, UMASS, Boston MA

1997 “Voices” Shukantala Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1997 “The Escutcheon of Opus 71” Opus 71, Hollis NH
1996 “Tension, Ideal and Expectation – The 50’s”. Opus 71, Hollis NH
1996 “Summer Exhibition” Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA
1996 “Conjunctio” Freight Room Gallery, Hancock NH
1992 “Birth Art- Miracle and Mystery” Commissioned by Midwives Alliance of North America, traveled 

          to: World Trade Center NYC; Gallery 53, Meriden CT; Erector Square Gallery, New Haven CT;

          The Danforth Gallery, Portland ME; Nashua Center for the Arts. Artist and curator.

Public Art & Installations

 

2010 WaterFlows, Percent For Art Project, Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor ME, Corten  

         Steel and Resin Sculpture, 10 x 22 X 4 ft. Budget $55,00
2010 Four Seasons, Five Towns, Percent For Art Project, Ashland K-12, Ashland ME,

         Steel, Acrylic, Mixed-media Sculpture, 40 x 10 X 4 ft. Budget $44,000
2010 Brewer Elementary School, Percent For Art Project, Brewer ME, Budget $20,000 2010 Percent

         for Art Finalist, University Commons, UMaine Portland ME
2009 Percent for Art Finalist, Geiger Elementary, Lewiston, ME
2007 Meditation In The Windows 9/11/07, Kundalini Gallery, Wilton NH
2007 Mud Murals: Public Art Collaborative: High Mowing Cabin For Peace, Wilton NH 2002 Puzzle

         Project, Center for Peace and Social Justice, Rivier College, NH
2002 Axis Mundi, Wilton NH, site specific installation and performances
2001-02 Flag Project: 500 handmade flags, exhibited at: State Legislature, Concord

         NH; Town Hall and Police Station, Wilton NH; Town Green, Milford NH; Concord Public Library

         Gallery, Concord, MA; Vermont College, Montpelier, VT; Rivier College, Nashua NH; Lesley

         College, Cambridge, MA

Teaching

 

2006-present Owner, Nectar Farm, Lyndeborough NH. Individual and group art and yoga instruction

2003-present Certified Yoga Teacher informed by many traditions 
1999-2009 High Mowing School, Wilton, NH, Grades 9-12 Studio Arts Instructor
2002 NH State Council on the Arts; Arts in Education Roster, juried member 1996 Merriam Hill

         Education Center, Greenfield NH, The Awakening of a Sense of Place. Presenter and panel 

         member
1993 Women’s Caucus for Art, N.E. Regional Conference, Yale University, Workshop Instructor, 

         Curating Exhibits
1984-85 Nashua Center for the Arts. Instructor, stained glass

Special Projects

 

2022  Esotericbody Explorations. Yoganidra, Art, Gong

2021  The Dakini Deck Book and The Dakini Deck. Auston Macauley Publishers

2017-2019 Assistant to Sylvia Nicolas, 24 large-scale stained glass windows for Providence College, Large stained glass for St. Anselm College, Sculpture, Crucifix and Stations for St Thomas Aquinas in NC. 

2005- 2008 Co-founder of the Kundalini Yoga Studio & Art Gallery, Wilton NH

2010 Author of “One Heart, Four Seasons: Kundalini Yoga”

Selected Notices, Reviews and Publications

 

2021 The Dakini Deck Book and The Dakini Deck. Auston Macauley Publishers

2014 Nashua Telegraph, “Art in the Family, Feb 13, Cover Arts & Entertainment

2013 Artspeak, Intention and Sound, January 2013, online edition
2010 One Heart, Four Seasons: Kundalini Yoga, Experience Present Moment
 Awareness.” Author Susan

         Q. Brown
2008 Amherst Bulletin, Amherst MA. Kathleen Mellen. May 23. Cover: Arts and Leisure

2006 Milford Cabinet, Milford NH. Dec 7. Cover: Stepping Out
2001 Gallery Bill, NYC. Roxanne Collins. May edition. Pg. 11
1998 NY Arts Magazine, SoHo TriBeCa NYC. Feb-March. Agora Gallery: Pg. 18
1996 Convergence Magazine, NH. Spring Edition. Cover
1993 York County Coast Star, ME. May 19. Stuart Nudelman. Critic’s Choice Awards.

1993 Premier Magazine, NH. January. Susan M. Martel. Pgs. 58-59
1993 Maine Things Considered, National Public Radio. May. Ed Morin
1993 Record Journal, Meriden CT. August 8. Orla Swift. Pgs. F1 & F8

1992  The Telegraph, Nashua NH. Dec 6. Dorothea Tsipopoulos. Front Cover

1991  Open Season, Nancy Wainer Cohen. Bergin and Garvey, NY. Pg. 265

1987 Art New England, April. Deborah Partington

 

 

Collections

Paintings are held in private collections throughout the USA.

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