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Susan Leopold
1998 3rd Place recipient


The buildings depicted in my work are abandoned structures, though still magnificent in their decrepitude. I strive to capture the poetry of decay found in once proud buildings slowly being reclaimed by time and acknowledge how nostalgia is innately imbedded in these structures. The locations I shoot range from an abandoned swimming complex in Cuba, to a condemned amphitheater along the East River in NYC. The fractured panoramas evoke the past use of the buildings and remind us of how human interaction gives life to architecture, though people rarely appear in these pieces. Rather, the distorted views only suggest a history, allowing viewers to create their own narratives.

Reflections and light are inherent qualities in these pieces as mirrors, projections and transparencies are key components in the constructions. When seen from a single position the pieces appear static, but the viewer’s movement makes the sculpture come alive. The shift that occurs between reflections of photographs and the actual surrounding environment is a comment on the thin boundary that exists between the conscious and subconscious realms of the human psyche. Photographs and mirrors are key components in the work. The visually illusive nature of the material used in these sculptures addresses the fluidity of perception and how an individual’s experience of a place is preserved as a memory.

Susan Leopold was born in Chicago, Illinois. She lives and works in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunication Program in the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and a BFA from The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Recent exhibitions include: The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME; MassMOCA Kidspace, North Adams, MA, to name a few. Leopold is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, New York Foundations for the Arts, and commissioned by The Metropolitan Transit Authority-Arts for Transit NYC. Collections include The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Deutsche Bank, Biblioteca National Centrale, Firenze. Leopold’s work was been featured on the cover of Art Forum, and has been written about in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine. Leopold is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC, NY.



Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Boston University, Boston, MA


Agop Agopoff Prize, National Academy 181st Exhibition, NYC, NY
May and Samuel Rudin Family Scholarship, New York University, New York, NY
Tim Nye Scholarship, New York University, New York, NY
MTA Arts for Transit, New York, NY
Anderson Ranch - Digital Photography Scholarship
Henry Street Settlement - Video Scholarship


Solo Exhibitions

“Interiors Disrupted,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
“Complex,” Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
“Castles and Untold Stories,” Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
“Uncharted Perspectives,” The Bronfman Center Gallery - New York University, NYC,
“Susan E. Leopold: Mixed-Up Worlds,” MassMOCA Kidspace, North Adams, MA
Tornado Room and Other Eccentric Spaces”, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery - Lebannon
Valley College, Lancaster, PA
“Mirrors and Motion,” The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
2000        “Adjoining Rooms,” 10th@18th.Ave.Window Project,  New York, NY  

Group Exhibitions

Fracturing the Burning Glass: Between Mirror and Meaning, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Summer Show, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC NY
Collecting for a New Millennium: Recent Acquisitions 2000-2010, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Celebrating10th Anniversary of Kidspace, MassMoca - Kidsapce, North Adams, MA
Site Specific 08, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
Stretching the Truth, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Written on the Wind: The Flag Project, The Rubin Museum of Art, NYC, NY
Transformations: Photography and Imaging@25, New York University, Gulf and Western Galleries, NYC, NY
Black/White and Read, Center for Book Arts, NYC, NY and San Francisco Book Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
Math and New Media, New Image Gallery-James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Got Cows: Cows in American Art, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
National Academy 181St Annual Exhibition, Nation Acacemy, NYC, NY
In Practice, The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Snug Harbor Cultural Center: Site-Specific Installation, Staten Island, NY
Gigantism, Gigantic Art Space, NYC, NY
Visual Arts Gallery: 101 Ways-curators: Jerry Saltz and Rachel Gugleberger, NYC, NY
January White Sale, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL    
Social Space, Cuchifritos, curated by David Gibson, NY, NY
Faculaty and Staff Exhibition, Gulf and western Gallery Tisch School of the Arts, NYC, NY
“IV Salon de Arte Digital” Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
“Reflex/Reflejo, Art & Idea, Mexico City, Mexico
Visual Perspectives: 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards,  Groot Foundation Space,        Chicago, IL
Art of the Miniature, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY 10009
20/20 Celebrating 20 years of Innnovative Exhibitions, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Memory and Metaphore, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center
Ragdale 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Moments of Clarity at Sotheby’s”  Parsons School of Design, NYC
 Virginia A Groot Fundation - Scultpure Objects and Functional Art, Chicago, IL
“Reflections: Fiftheenth Anniverary Show,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago
“Responses,” 8th Floor Gallery, New York University, NY, NY
“Expanding Tradition,” Lobby Gallery at Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
 “Artists’ Books & Related Work,” Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, NYC, NY
‘The Lake,’ Malca Gallery, New York, NY
“Inventing Space”, The Work Space, New York, NY
“Photo-Based Work,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“In-sites VI: Making Our City Livable,” Henry Street Settlement, NY
“Collecting at the End of the Century,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL


Paul, Susan,"Mind Boggling Mixed Media Art and Performance Bag Marks Williamsburg's April All Fools Show," The Phoenix, April 8, 1982, p.12            
Sollins, Susan, "Views by Women Artists," New Sculpture: Icon and Environment, New Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art, New York, 1982
Sollins, Susan, "New Sculpture: Icon and Environment," lndependent Curators Inc., NY, 1983
Braff, Phyllis, "From the Studio, " The East Hampton Star, April 26, 1984
Braff, Phyllis, "Small Scale Environmental Sculpture,"Antiques and The Arts Weekly, 1/31/86, p.18
Rauschenbusch, Stephanie, "Inventing Secrets at Rotunda Gallery," Prospect Press, March 5, 1986, pg. 18
Brenson, Michael, "A Bountiful Season in Outdoor Sculpture Reveals New Sensibility," The New     York Times, Friday, July 18, 1986
Clark, Marcia, "The Expansive Vision" in exhibition catalog The World is Round, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY, 1987
Kay, Alfred, "When Art Takes Off in a Different Direction," The Sacramento Bee, July 17, 1988 Hayt-Atkins, Elizabeth, "Jack Goldstein and Susan Leopold at John Weber Gallery," ARTnews, December l988, p. 154
Rimanelli, David, "Susan Leopold at John Weber," Artforum, December 1988, p. 122
Woodward, Richard B., "Taking Toys Seriously: Mini Movement or Sideshow?," The New York     Times, Sunday, February 26, 1989
Pincus, Robert L., "UCSD 'Annual VII' isn't off-the-wall art," The San Diego Union, May 4, 1989, p.C8
Christensen, Judith, "Slices of Art and Life," Artweek, May 6, 1989
Gear, Josephine, Miniature Environments, exhibition brochure, The Whitney Museum of American         Art,  August 1989
Russell, John,“Some Masterly Work of Microcosmic Stature,” The New York Times, Aug.11, 1989
“Small Scale Art Considered at Whitney Museum of American Art,”Sun Bulletin, Aug. 4, 1989
“Miniature Environments,” Village Voice, September 19, 1989                    
Tallmer, Jerry, "Miniature Show: It's a Small World,” New York Post. September 8, 1989
Waterman, Daniel, "Miniature Environment at the Whitney Museum,” ARTnews, Feb.l990, p.163
David, Esther, "Colorful Collages," The Times of India, Ahmedabad. May 16, 1990
Prentice, Nora, "Susan Leopold: A Space of My Own," Span Magazine. New Delhi, October 1990
Glowen, Ron, "The Eloquence of Empty Rooms," Artweek, vol. 21. no. 42, December 13, 1990
Ament, Deloris Tarzan, "They're getting Inside Their Art," The Seattle Times, November 15, 1990
Glowan, Ron, "Bank Gallery Opens Window to Artists' Array of 'Interiors',"
    The Key, Nov.23, 1990
Speidel, Bill, "New Gallery," Seattle Guide,  1990
"Goings on About Town," The New Yorker, April 15, 1991, p. 13
Miller, John, review, Artforum, Summer 1991, p. 113-114
Artforum, March 1992, cover, p. 87
Kidd, David Elliot, "The Art of Susan Leopold", Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose, Fall         1991, p. 155-162
Johnson, Ken, Art in America, July 1993
Auer, James, "Sheboygan's Artistic Double Header Challenges Our Ideas About Reality",             Milwaukee Journal, July 11, 1993
Favina, Bob, "The Illusionists' Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes" The Sheboygan Press,   7/18/93
"Just an Illusion", The Sheboygan Press, July 23, 1993
Kimmelman, Michael "The Exquisite Corpse Rises from the Dead", New York Times, Nov.7, 1993. Pg.41
Foerstner, Abigail, 'Winter Exhibits Feature Visionary Images, Past and Present," Chicago
Tribune,Friday, December 2, 1994
Levin, Gail, "Edward Hopper: His Legacy for Artists," Edward Hopper & The American Imagination, Whitney Museum of American Art in Association with W.W. Norton & Co.,New York, 1995            
The Print Collector's Newsletter, Sept. -Oct. 1995, p. 140- 141
Smith, Roberta, "Anchor and Balm For Restless Souls," The New York Times, Friday August 4, 1995
"Voyeur's Delight," New Observations Issue 112, FALL l996 guest editors: Grace Roselli & Barbara Rusin, Cover & pg. 16
"Voyeur's Delight," NY SOHO, October, 1996
Rowlands, Penelope, "Hosfelt Gallery'', Art and Auction June 1997
Daminger, Kathleen, "Artist's Multimedia Exhibit at F&M Creates Architectural Environment of
    Season, Lancaster New Era, January 15, 1998
Knowles, Laura, "Mind of Winter Persists Even if Reality is Elusive," Happenings, The Intelligencer Journal,              
              January 9, 1998
Schwartz, Joyce-Pomeroy with Karla Brady, "Defining Structures", 1998 (catalog)
Osberger, Madeline, “Take a Peek Inside Leopold’s World,” Snowmass Village Sun, Sept. 9-15, 1998, pg. 1,12
Worth, Alexi,  THE NEW YORKER, May 24, 1999, pg. 16
Worth, Alexi,  THE NEW YORKER, Sept 4, 2000, pg. 21
Johnson, Ken, “Invented Spaces,” The New York Times, January 19, 2001
Holland, Cotter,  “Expanding Tradition,” The New York Times,” May 4, 2000, pg. 33
Scott, Andrea,  “Expanding Tradition,” THE NEW YORKER, May 14, 2000, pg. 26
von Ankum, Kathie, “Expanding Tradition,” FORUM, May 1, 2001 pg. 38
Ebony, David, “2000 Public Art in Review,” Art In America, Annual 2001-2002, pg 51
Genocchio, Benjamin, New York Times, “Works that Suggest Kaleidoscopic Vision” Aug. 28, 2005
Payne, Joshua, One Museum, two Approaches to Art ”New York Times” Aug, 20, 2005
Ruhling, Nancy A. Panache, “A Mansion Made for Art and Artists, April 28, 2006

Public Collections

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, lL
Progressive Corporate Art, Mayfield, Ohio
The University of Alberta Library, Alberta, Canada
Biblioteca Centrale Firenze, Florence, Italy
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
The Deutsche Bank, New York, New York
The Rockwell Group, Inc.

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