Artist's Statement
To create is to be an active participant in life.  

My art is a collaboration of photography, digital painting, and contemporary art quilting.  I paint images using computer software and a digital drawing tablet. My paintings are printed onto cotton fabric and then quilted heavily with variegated threads on my home sewing machine. Adding the texture of stitches to a piece enhances the luminosity, detail and depth but is also immensely enjoyable for me.  Stitching on a piece of fabric is like meditation and a peaceful part of my day. 

My educational journey has taken me from Computer Science to Business Administration to Architectural Interiors and Fine Arts which contributes to my unique personal perspective and contributes to my fascination with utilizing technology to create my art.  

Inspiration comes from the everyday objects, animals, and nature which I reinterpret in new ways by manipulating light and color. It is my intention for the viewer to experience something familiar but in a surprising new way. My current series is a nostalgic look at memories of a rural life; a calf in the pasture, an antique canning jar on the window sill, or a sunflower in the hot noon day sun.  

Bio
Suzan holds degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration, as well as a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. She left a career as a Senior Designer at PDR, an architecture firm in Houston, Texas to create her art work full-time   Suzan has taught art at the University of Houston and exhibited her work in numerous galleries and juried shows.   Her art work is included in private collections in the United States, New Zealand, and Great Britain.  Suzan is available for commission work and may be reached at suzan@suzanengler.com.
 

Résumé

Juried Exhibits
2017

•    International Quilt Festival, Quilts: A World of Beauty with “Old Timer”, Houston, TX. Jurors:
•    Dinner @ 8 Affinity with “Icons in Blue”,  International Quilt Festival Houston TX. Jurors: Leslie Jennison Tucker and Jamie Fingal.
2016
•    International Quilt Festival, Quilts: A World of Beauty with “GMO?”, Houston, TX. Jurors:
•    Dinner @ 8 Affinity with “Fractal Pattern - Fast Cars, Rainy Night”,  International Quilt Festival Houston TX. Jurors: Leslie Jennison Tucker and Jamie Fingal.
•    SAQA Tranquility “Winter Silence”, Internatinonal Quilt Festival, Houston TX. Juror: Kate Lydon.
•    Schweinfurt Art Center, Quilts=Art=Quitls with "Raised on Bluebonnets”, Albany, NY, Jurors: Mary Anne Jordan. Katie Pasquini Masopust.

2015
•    International Quilt Festival, Quilts: A World of Beauty with “Hay Rake Retired”, Houston, TX. Jurors: Patt Blair, David Taylor, Pat Yamin.
•    Dinner @ 8 Affinity with “Raised on Bluebonnets”, International Quilt Festval,Houston TX and Chicago Il. Jurors: Leslie Jennison Tucker and Jamie Fingal.
•    Jewish Cultural Center, BARK, with “Canopy”, Chattanooga, TN.

2014
•    International Quilt Festival, Quilts: A World of Beauty with “Identity Crisis”, Houston, TX. Jurors: Marti Michell, Paula Nadelstern, and Linda Pumphrey.
•    Texas Quilt Museum, Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin with “Uncommon  Buckeye”, La Grange, TX. Juror: Dr. Sandra Sider.

2013
•    International Quilt Festival, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs with ”Somebody Say Treat?”, Houston, TX
•    International Quilt Festival, Quilts: A World of Beauty with “Ball Jar Rainbow” and “View from the Farm House”, Houston, TX.  Jurors: Carolie Hansley, Sandra Leichner, and Katie Pasquini Masopust
•    Houston Area Fiber Artist’s Gallery Show, M Squared Gallery with “Angel’s Trumpet”, Houston, TX. Juror: Victoria Lightman.
•    Copper Shade Tree Gallery, The Art in Fiber 2013 – A View From My Window with “Ball Jar Rainbow” and “View From the Farm House”, Round Top, TX.  Juror: Karey Bresenhan.

2012
•    International Quilt Festival, In Full Bloom Traveling Exhibit with “Dichotomy Rose”, Houston, TX, Cincinnati OH, Chicago IL and Long Beach CA
•    Houston Area Fiber Artists Gallery Show,18 Hands Gallery with “Wooden Bowl”, Houston, TX. Juror: Sally Sprout. 
•    Uptown Blanco Quilt Show, Blanco Arts Center with “Angel Trumpet” and group quilt “Artist’s Garden”, Blanco, TX

2011
•    Houston International Quilt Festival Quilts: A World of Beauty with group quilt “Artist’s Garden”, Houston, TX
•    Copper Shade Tree, The Art in Fiber 2011 - Interpretation with “Hiding Amongst the Clarinet Reeds”, Round Top, TX. Juror: Ginny Eckley.

2010
•    ‘simply irRESISTible’, Some Things Looming with “Registration Marks”, Reading, PA

1997
•    Blaffer Gallery University of Houston with “Master’s Thesis: Redesign of a 1950’s home for ADA Accessibility”, Houston, TX

 

Invitational Exhibitions
2016
•    The Hubbard Museum of the American West, SAQA Natural Healing with “Chicken Soup” and “Cowbells”, Albuquerque, NM

2015
•    Copper Shade Tree Gallery, The Art in Fiber 2015 with “Hereford Calf”, “Tomato Jar” and “Portrait of a Great Blue”, Round Top, TX
•    First Unitarian Church, SAQA Natural Healing with “Chicken Soup”, Albuquerque, NM
•    Silver City Fiber Arts Fiesta, SAQA Seeds with “Cowbells”, Silver City, NM

2014
•    National Art Education Association 2014 Convention with “ART PERIOD”, San Diego, CA
•    International Quilt Festival, MD Anderson Cancer Quilts with “Leaf”, Houston, TX
•    Women’s Rights National Historic Park with “All Equal”, Seneca Falls, NY

2013
•    International Quilt Festival, MD Anderson Cancer Quilts with “Fractured Stripes”, Houston, TX
•    MDAnderson Cancer Center, Cancer Quilt Project with “Cherrywood Leaf”, Houston, TX

2012
•    Copper Shade Tree Gallery, The Art in Fiber 2012 with “Calf at Dawn”, “Wooden Bowl” and “Blue Balls and Lemons”, Round Top, TX
•    Munday Branch Library, Syracuse, NY

2011
•    Betz Gallery, Twelve x Twelve with “Rouge Anjou”, Houston, TX
•    Papershell Gallery, Various works, Richmond, TX
•    MDAnderson Cancer Center, Cancer Quilt Project with “Magic Carpet of Hope”, Houston, TX

2010
•    Betz Gallery, Twelve x Twelve, Houston, TX
•    Great Explorations Children's Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

2009
•    International Fiber Initiative, Dream Rocket, Huntsville, AL
•    Earlyworks Children’s Museum, Huntsville, AL

2008
•    International Fiber Initiative, Interdependence Tree, Huntsville, AL

Group Exhibitions
2015
•    Jewish Cultural Center, BARK with “Canopy”, Chattanooga, TN

2014
•    International Quilt Festival, Group with “Canopy”, Houston, TX
•    Quiltfest Destination Savannah, Texas SAQA Group Show with “Fixin’ Fence”, Savannah, GA

2013
•    Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, the 9th Biennial Juried Show with group quilt “Artist’s Garden”, Albuquerque, NM

2012
•    Capital of Texas Quiltfest, Palmer Event Center with group quilt “Artist’s Garden”, Austin, TX.

2010
•    International Quilt Festival, SAQA Texas Exhibit with “Seeds From the Rare Seed Bead Tree”, Houston, TX

 

Publications
2015
•   Affinity, Dinner at Eight Artists 2015,  Fingal, Jamie and Jenison, Leslie Tucker, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
, October 2015  
•   What you will see at the International Quilt Festival/Houston, Ward, Alyson, “Raised on Bluebonnets”, The Houston Chronicle, 27 October, 2015.
•   Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English, “The 100 Leaf”, Volume 93, No. 2 November 2015.
•   Gallery: Affinity, A selection of quilts from the Dinner at Eight Artists, “Raised on Bluebonnets,  DeNegre, Vivika Hansen, Quilting Arts Magazine 15th Anniversary Issue, December 2015/January 2016, Issue 78, Interweave, 2016.

2014
•    Pet Portraits Popular with Owners Who Quilt, Warner, Sherida, The Grand Junction Sentinel, 18 January, 2014.  Print.

2013
•    International Quilt Association Presents “Quilts: A World of Beauty” with “Ball Jar Rainbow”, DeNegre, Vivika Hansen, International Quilt Festival, Quilt Scene 2013/2014, Interweave, 2013.
•    Special Exhibits: Festival Awareness Project 2013: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs with “Somebody Say Treat?”, DeNegre, Vivika Hansen, International Quilt Festival, Quilt Scene 2013/2014, Interweave, 2013.
•    Soft and Sustainable Studio Work: Recycling Media, Representing Ecology, and Re-envisioning Craft With the International Fiber Collaborative, Weida, Courtney Lee and Marsh, Jennifer,Journal of Art for Life, Volume 5 Issue 1, 2013. 

2012
•    The Art of Fiber 2012, “Calf at Dawn”, Tobola, Gerald, The Copper Shade Tree, 2012.

2011
•    The Art of Fiber 2011 - Interpretation, “Hiding Amongst The Clarinet Reeds”, Tobola, Gerald, The Copper Shade Tree, 2011.
•    The Canvas Project: a visual encyclopedia, Art House Co-op, 2011

2010
•    Reading Exhibit to Feature Fiber Art, Music, Ritter, Rebekah, BCTV.org, 2010

 

Awards
2017
•    Honorable Mention Digital Arts for "Old Timer”, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

2016

•    First Place for “GMO?”, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

2014
•    Honorable Mention Digital Arts for “Identity Crisis”, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX

2013 
•    3rd Place Digital Arts for “View From the Farm House”, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
•    Cherrywood Choice for “Fractured Stripes”, MD Anderson Cancer Quilts, Houston, TX
•    Honorable Mention for “Angels Trumpet”, Houston Area Fiber Artist’s Gallery Show, Houston, TX

2012
•    1st Place and Most Creative for group quilt “Artist’s Garden”, Capital of Texas Quiltfest, Austin, TX
•    Honorable Mention for “Wooden Bowl”, Houston Area Fiber Artists Gallery Show, Houston, TX
•    1st Place Art Quilt for group quilt “Artist’s Garden”, Uptown Blanco Annual Quilt Show, Blanco, TX

2011
•    Judges Choice for “Magic Carpet of Hope”, MD Anderson Cancer Quilts, Houston, TX

Consulting and Presentations
•    Fundamentals of Design, University of Houston, School of Art
•    Intermediate Design, University of Houston, School of Art
•    Design Elements and Principles, Houston Area Fiber Artists, SAQA Houston
•    Color Theory, Houston Area Fiber Artists, SAQA Houston
•    Printing on Fabric, SAQA Houston
•    Private Critique and Consultation

Professional Affiliations
2015
•    SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Texas Co-Representative, Exhibition Committee Vice-Chair, Secretary.
•    SDA (Surface Design Association)
•    IQA (International Quilt Association)
•    HAFA (Houston Area Fiber Artists) Gallery Show Committee
•    TDLR (Texas Board of Architectural Examiners) Texas Registered Designer #9804

Education
•    1997 MFA, Studio Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX
•    1985 BS in Business Administration, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Professional Experience
2010 - present Artist and Teacher, Panorama Village, TX
1996 - 2011     Senior Designer, PDR Architects, Houston, TX
1995 - 1997     Art & Design Teacher, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1985 - 1993     Senior Computer Systems Analyst, Amoco Production Co., Houston, TX