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 Susan Louise Shatter  (1943 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: Maine/New York      Known for: mod-realist landscape paintings-structures

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Landscape painter Susan Shatter was born in 1943. She received her art education at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York and Boston University.

Shatter paints her own emotional response to the landscape along with the reality of the landscape in oils and watercolors. She also seeks out views of volcanic canyon lands, that in their innate expressiveness reflect her own strong feelings as opposed to pastorale glens and farms.

She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ingraham Merrill. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has exhibited at the Fischbach Gallery in New York City.

Les Krantz, "American Artists, Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Artists"

Biography from Aucocisco Galleries:
Susan Shatter studied liberal arts at the University of Wisconsin and attended the Showhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 1964 before receiving a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1965 and an M.F.A. from Boston University in 1972.  She exhibited at the Fischbach Gallery, NY from 1972-1999.  Dating back to 1972, she has been in over one-hundred group shows nationally and internationally.  In 2003, The Staller Gallery at Stonybrook University presented a 30 year survey of her work , accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Donald Kuspit.

Her work is found in many private and public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; the Museum of Fine Art in Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Wash., D.C.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.; Mt. Holyoke CollegeArt Museum, Mass.; the Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii; the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, NH; Colby College University Museum, ME; Walker Art Museum, Brunswick, ME. University of Maine, Bangor. ME and the National Academy Museum, New York , NY.

Ms. Shatter serves as the 32nd president of The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts.and has served on the Board of Governors of the Showhegan School since 1979.

Among her awards are a post-doctoral fellowship from the Bunting Institute at Harvard University in 1975-76, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation in 1976-77, two NEA grants 1980, 1987, four residencies at the Yaddo Corporation, 1997, 99, 2001, 2002 and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1985.  In 1999 and 2003 she received a Childe Hassam Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2003 and 2004 she received the William Paton Award from the National Academy of Design.  In 2004/5 she was the recipient of a Pollack -Krasner Foundation Grant.  In 2008, Ms. Shatter received a fellowship to the Ligurian Study Center in Bobliasco, Italy.

Biography from National Academy of Design Museum:
Following is an obituary of the artist, submitted by Michele Berman, student of Susan Shatter who died July, 2011.

Watercolor painter and former National Academy President (2005-2009), Susan Shatter, passed away at her home on June 29. She was in her studio and surrounded by her work. Susan was a beloved member of the Academy, first serving on the Council, later as Treasurer, and eventually as President during one of the institution's most difficult periods. After studying at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Susan received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Boston University.

She had her first solo exhibition at Fischbach Gallery in 1973, showing there numerous times over the next twenty-three years. Susan also had solo exhibitions at Lyons Weir Gallery, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, The Huntington Museum of Art, and the University of Texas, San Antonio Art Gallery.  A frequent exhibitor in the National Academy Annual Exhibitions as well as the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Susan won numerous awards and grants including two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a New York State Council on the Arts grant, and held multiple residencies at Yaddo, among others.

Susan was a dedicated member of the National Academy and a teacher for many years in the Academy's School, while also serving on the Board of Governors for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for more than thirty years, acting as Chair between 1988 and 1991.

Working in a variety of media, she was, above all, one of the foremost watercolor painters in America. Her facility with the medium was evident in the way that she was able to reconcile the contradictory forces of land, sea, and sky into compositions that were not only technically brilliant, but also overwhelmingly beautiful. Her work was descended from a long tradition of American watercolor painting that includes Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, but Susan brought a contemporary sensibility to rendering the landscape before her whether it was the California desert, the Maine coastline, or the beaches of Bermuda. She was masterful at evoking a sense of place with an economy of brushwork that sometimes gives her paintings an abstract quality.

Susan's work is found in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hood Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Academy Museum, among others. She will be dearly missed by all.

By Marshall Price

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