Susan Stover

My paintings and sculptures often recall an ethnic sensibility and geometric organization. I am interested in the objects made by non-Western cultures and how they are tied to identity, status, religious beliefs, and mythologies. Adapting processes that are traditionally used in the production of textiles, I use materials and techniques that refer to a collective history with the completed painting and forms revealing themselves in the making.

Pattern and repetition are an integral part of the work as I dye fabric, melt wax, embed fibers, and construct surfaces. I am intrigued with how repetitive labor, such as stamping, stitching and constructing, can be transformational and meditative. I choose these methods because it connects me to people in other cultures who work in the same way. Because of these interests, I continually explore my own ties to history, culture, and the arena of contemporary painting and sculpture.

Photo of Susan Stover

Reveries


Meditations


Diamonds


Indigo


New Indigo


Bumps and Things


Sold


Mumbai


Resume

EDUCATION:
Master of Fine Arts – California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA - 1991
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Miami University, Oxford, OH - 1983

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2018 “Reveries and Reliquaries”, Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, CA
2015 "Dwellings," Curated State, pop up show, San Francisco,CA
2013 “Urban Scrawl,” New Works by Susan Stover, Room Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2010 “Susan Stover Encaustics,” Bohemian Stoneworks Design Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
2009 “Susan Stover - New Works in Encaustic”, Gallery II, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
1999 “Works by Susan Stover,” Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA
1993 “Woven Monuments,” Stephans Hall Gallery, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Keep it 100, Invitational, On Center Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
The Blues, Invitational, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
Windows to Other Worlds: Cultural Explorations, Art Center Morro Bay, Morro Bay, CA.
2017 Mixed Media Painting and Sculpture, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.
The Little Things, Jen Tough Gallery, Vallejo, CA.
Celebrating Women Painters, Invitational, Spindrift Gallery, Gualala, CA.
California: Weird, Wonderful + Wild, Jen Tough Gallery, Vallejo, CA.
2016 Sensations, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
11th Annual Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.
2015 "One + One," A Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
"Departures," Curated State, group show, San Francisco, CA
2014 "Wax and Words" - Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, Australia
"Bibliophoria" - Merit Award, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2013 "SWARM Collaboration Show: Susan Stover, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Crystal Neubauer," Hanson Scott Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Not Just Landscapes,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2012 Encausticon Juried Exhibition, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX
“Wax: Contemporary Encaustic Works,” Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, CA
Room Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2011 Encaustic Masters, Troutdale, OR
Dimensions Galleria, Petaluma, CA
2010 Dimensions Galleria, Petaluma, CA
“Bakers Dozen 2010”, Invitational Show, Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery, Forestville, CA, January 22-February 28,
Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery, Forestville, CA July-August
2009 Art from the Heart, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

2004-05 Brynn Carroll Gallery, Folsom, CA
Alma, Santa Cruz, CA
2003 Graton Gallery, Graton, CA
2002 Graton Gallery, Graton, CA
Contemporary Crafts Market, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
February Featured Artist,” Lily Rose Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA Millennium Arts Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
2001 Lily Rose Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
“Fabulous Furnishings,” Millennium Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2000 "Seventh Rotation,” Next Level Communications, Rohnert Park, CA
Legacy Marketing Group, Cultural Arts Council Exhibit, Petaluma, CA
1999 “Bizarre Bazaar,” SoFo 2 Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
"Dimensions,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
“Fiber/Metal/Wood,” Quicksilver Mine Co., Sebastopol, CA
1998 Next Level Communications, Cultural Arts Council Exhibit, Rohnert Park, CA
1997 “The Continuous Thread,” College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
1995 “Design Department Faculty Show,” Alumni Hall, UC-Davis, Davis, CA
1994 “1993-94 Artists-in-Residence Show,” Oregon School of Arts, Portland, OR
Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 “Summer Faculty Show,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
“Crafts National XXVII,” Pennsylvania State University
“Paper/Fiber XVI,” The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA
“Pattern: New Form/New Function,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992 “Materials Hard and Soft,” Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX
“Fine Crafts at Matrix,” Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Creating Ourselves, Eastern New Mexico University, Miles Museum, Portales, NM
“Paper/Fiber XV,” The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA
“Many Mansions: The Art of Shelter,” San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Barclay Simpson Fine Arts Gallery, Lafayette, CA
1991 "The Woven Paintings of Susan Stover,” CCAC Downtown Oakland Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Contemporary Furniture and Textiles,” College of Marin, Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA
“Fiber National’91,” Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, NY
1990 “Design and Craft: The New Decade,” ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
“Paper/Fiber XIII,” The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA
“Discovery “90 – Bay Area Emerging Artists,” California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Seggebruch, Patricia B. Encaustic Revelation. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2014. p. 98-109.
Studio Visit., vol. 25. Summer 2014. The Open Studio Press. p. 184.
“Susan Stover.” Gathering Clouds: A Magazine of Contemporary Art. Issue 3, February 2013
Lovler, Sherrie. “Creating with Words.” Alphabet. Vol. 39, No. 1, Autumn 2013: p. 20.
Belto, Michelle. Wax and Paper Workshop. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2012. p. 112.
"New Works: Susan Stover." FiberArts. Vol. 22., No. 3, Nov./Dec. 1995: p.18.
"Portfolio: Susan Stover." American Craft. Vol. 55., No. 1, Feb./March 1995: p. 59.
Glenn, Jeff. "Integrating Image and Structure." FiberArts. Vol. 18., No. 5, March/April 1992