Suzan Shutan

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Suzan Shutan received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA studying with Judy Pfaff, Elizabeth Murray, Linda Benglis, Jonathan Borofsky, and so may other amazing artists who impacted her work. Her MFA was from Rutgers University Mason Gross, NJ where she studied with Leon Golub, Martha Rossler, Geoff Hendricks and a long list of great visiting artists. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, South America and Europe in 20 solo exhibits and 198 group exhibitions. She has received many grants, attended artist residencies, has been reviewed by the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, International Sculpture Magazine and published in the book Paper Art II by Artpower International Publishing.

Her work is in private and public collections with recent commissions by Log Me In, Boston Headquarters, MA and Sloan Kettering Hospital, NYC, NY. You can more of her work on Artsy and First Dibs with ODETTA Gallery NY, and on instagram #sshutan and on her website.

Her curating career began at the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa where she curated exhibits for the Education Wing. Her first exhibit “Mouse Art”, miniature two and three dimensional work that got exhibited along the baseboards of the entire wing, was a huge hit, was picked up by the Associated Press and went viral. She has curated twenty exhibits in the last thirty years, the most recent being in 2019, MATERIALIZED ,at Hampton Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Shutan, 2018, Energy Grid, Arts & Cultural Center Hollywood, FLA, 4ftx 18ft, paint, wire, pompoms.
Shutan, 2019, Toxic-Stream, tar paper, handmade dyed paper, pins, 22ft x 5.5ft x 222_Flinn Gallery Greenwich, CT

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  1. Thank you Brainard for sharing your interview with Suzan Shutan, very inspiring especially when she spoke about the materials she uses and the show she curated, ‘Materialized’.
    I work in textiles and would love to connect with Suzan, do you have contact details for her? I live in the UK.

  2. […] Suzan Shutan lives in Connecticut where she has spent the majority of the year – as the rest of us have – isolating due to COVID-19. Shutan has faced the disappointment and uncertainty of cancelled and postponed shows and the fallout of illness among stakeholders at places where she had planned exhibitions. Most recently, Shutan curated a show at Hampton Gallery at UMass. Titled Materialized, the show featured work by artists who are motivated by the materials they work with. For example, an artist may be motivated to create by a specific kind of paint or pigment – the sheer alchemy of these materials can shape their work. In her own work, Shutan primarily works with tar roofing paper and pom poms and tends to color code to give meaning to various aspects of her work. To hear more about Suzan Shutan’s curatorial work and her own practice, listen to the complete interview. […]

  3. […] Suzan Shutan lives in Connecticut where she has spent the majority of the year – as the rest of us have – isolating due to COVID-19. Shutan has faced the disappointment and uncertainty of cancelled and postponed shows and the fallout of illness among stakeholders at places where she had planned exhibitions. Most recently, Shutan curated a show at Hampton Gallery at UMass. Titled Materialized, the show featured work by artists who are motivated by the materials they work with. For example, an artist may be motivated to create by a specific kind of paint or pigment – the sheer alchemy of these materials can shape their work. In her own work, Shutan primarily works with tar roofing paper and pom poms and tends to color code to give meaning to various aspects of her work. To hear more about Suzan Shutan’s curatorial work and her own practice, listen to the complete interview. […]