Cleveland State University
The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University

The Human Subject

Work in Gallery C

October 23 – November 10, 2009
A Different World

Gallery talk with the artist:
October 23 at 6:00 pm

Featuring works by self-taught visual artist, poet, and writer Virginia Konchan.

November 13 – December 5, 2009
A Thin Red Line
Artist talk and reception:
November 13 at 11:30 am

With works by Nez Perce artist Rachel Allen in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Curated by Jeanne Grosetti. Cosponsored by CSU’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

November 14 at 12:00 noon
Family print art workshop with Rachel Allen and Jeanne Grosetti.

In this exercise each participant will have a piece of printfoam to make their own images, marks, or symbols that represent them or their family.  Each participant will print a piece to take home and share with family.

The larger collaborative project will be a large piece of paper that can represent the community of families or individuals that participated in the workshop. On this paper we will print each participant’s printfoam to make a community piece.

October 23 through December 5, 2009
Opening reception: October 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm


With artists: Susan Hauptman, Sean Henry, Misha Kligman, Baila Litton, Jenny Scobel

Curated by Tim Knapp, Assistant Gallery Director at Cleveland State University.

About Susan Hauptman

Carefully-crafted, Hauptman’s life-size charcoal self-portraits stare directly and unabashedly at her viewers, daring her audience to look at her directly.  Her approach, however, is less confrontational than analytic, as she exposes every aspect of her persona in each successive work.  The artist appears both naked and clothed, symbolically surrounded by the landscapes of her real and imagined lives.  Hauptman’s capacity for frank self-revelation is unmatched, and her technical ability is unsurpassed.    

Eleanor Heartney has written “For Susan Hauptman, self-portraiture is an exercise in dispassionate observation.  She notes that the use of her own face and body eliminates the need for certain decisions, thereby freeing her to focus instead on the formal elements like line and tone. In this respect her face becomes a neutral object…subject to the painter’s endless manipulations.”

Susan Hauptman has worked, throughout her career only on paper and only in charcoal and pastel.  She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.F.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit.  She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and held the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia from 1997 through 2000.  She has been a visiting artist at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the University of California at Santa Barbara; the San Francisco Art Institute, CA; and Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Hauptman’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and the Norton Gallery of Art, Palm Beach, FL.  Her work is in the private collections of Glenn Janss, Richard Brown Baker, Robert Kogod, Lee Grant, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dean Witter, and Pacific Bell.  She lives and works in New York City.


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