Susan Parsonage in the Community Gallery
Bio: Susan Parsonage was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After her marriage to William, they moved to State College, PA, where they raised their three children. While her children were growing up, Susan earned an LAS degree, with highest distinction and a BA in Art, with highest distinction, and then an MFA in printmaking from Penn State University, University Park, PA. After graduation, Susan taught art courses at Penn State, for 12 years through the Visual Arts Department and Continuing and Distance Education. She also taught courses in numerous workshop settings.
In 1988, Susan was a Visiting Professor of Art at the Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, where she helped with the design and creation of a print program in the School of Art and Architecture. She was also asked to deliver several public lectures on Contemporary Art and teach a printmaking class.
Susan was selected to be on the PA Council on the Arts roster of artists, in 1989, to do residencies and workshops in regional school settings. In 2005 she received a Fellowship Award from the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. Susan continues to do post-graduate work in printmaking at Penn State University and exhibits her work regionally.
Statement: For me, there is a distinction between what is merely seen and that which is felt and tacitly understood. Even though we try, we can never convey everything we intend with words. There is so much misunderstanding in the world.
I intend to develop visual equivalents to express perceptions and memories of my life experiences, with a concern for the underlying forces and elements that tie me to the natural world. Marks made by the artist’s hand impart intended and unintended elements of thought (language, memory and ideas) in their every motion, I believe.
We can catch glimpses of the truth through our imagination. The truths we glimpse are not about the world; if they can be said to be about anything, it must be about ourselves, the observers.
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