Susan Grabel


I am a feminist, figurative, multimedia artist. My work deals with the human dimensions of social issues. I take to heart Alice Walker’s statement that “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.” My work has evolved from clay urban vignettes to clay and wood environments exploring consumerism, homelessness, alienation and war, to handmade paper sculptures and collagraph prints on aging women’s bodies, to work on Confluence – people coming together, embracing differences, moving forward on a path to a better world to Pandemic Reflections. 

Working with new technology at Staten Island Maker Space I have digitally translated my Confluence prints into various sized works in wood. Then came the pandemic and the Journey Within sculptures are my responses. They are meditations on our inward journeys as well as further artistic explorations of the combination of digitally cut wood and cast paper. Moving between shadow and light, they are efforts at getting in touch with a deeper level of our being.

Susan Grabel

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2023Reflections, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2021Homeless in the Land of Plenty – Redux, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2019Forward Together, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2017Confluence: A Way Forward, Artspace@Staten Island Arts, Staten Island, NY
2016Confluence: The Way Forward,Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2015The Venus Cycle,Gallery 66, Cold Spring, NY
2014Faces of Alienation,Georgia College Museum, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
2013The Venus Cycle,MSB Gallery, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Venus Comes of Age,Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2012Constructions of Conscience: The Social Art of Susan Grabel,Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY
2006Venus Emerging, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY
2005Re-Printing Venus (in collaboration with Jenny Tango), Vlepo Gallery, Staten Island, NY
2004Earth Venus: Sculpture to Collagraph, Art Lab Gallery, Staten IIsland, NY
2003Venus Pinups (in collaboration with Jenny Tango), Williamsburg Art Nexus, Brooklyn, NY
2001Project Venus: Reinventing Venus (in collaboration with Jenny Tango), The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY
2000Reinventing Venus (in collaboration with Jenny Tango), Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island, NY
1993Among the Shadows, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
1990Susan Grabel, Wagner College Gallery, Staten Island, NY
1989Homeless in the Land of Plenty, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

Commissions and Public Works:

2018 Gateway to MakerPark, Steel entranceway to Maker Park, Staten Island, NY; 1996 Regarding Women, sculpture in lobby of the Center for Women’s Health at SIUH, Staten Island, NY; 1991 The World’s Kitchen, ceramic mural commissioned by the Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY 

Selected Grants:

2020 DCA Art Fund Grant, 2012 JP Morgan Chase/ Staten Island Arts Arts in our Communities Grant; 2007 COAHSI Excellence in Art Award; 2004 COAHSI Original Works Grant; 2000COAHSI Encore Grant; 1996 Snug Harbor Cultural Arts NYSCA Grant; 1995 Staten Island Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrant Award from COAHSI


2019 ACI Residency, Corciano, Italy, 2007 Jentel Artist Residency Fellowship in Banner,  


Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY, Rowan University Art Gallery, Rowan, NJ, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence, MA and numerous private collections.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2023Looking Forward Looking BackRowan University Art Gallery, Glasboro, NJ
2022Wood and Paper, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
The Difference We’ve Made, Carter Burden Gallery, New York, NY
Yes, And.. Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY,
Impact 2022, Art That Bears Witness, Bethany Arts CommunityOssining, NY
2021 140 Objects: An Anniversary Exhibition, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY,
Don’t Shut Up 2021, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY             
2020ArtRage Past & Present: A Virtual Exhibition, ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY 
Art from the Boros VII, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
2019Relative Relations, Dr. Bernard Heller MuseumHebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
Birthday Suit, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Parent Portraits, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
2018This Isn’t for You, CP Project Space, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Art of the 5: Revisiting Staten Island, Snug Harbor Commons Galleries at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
2017Art of the 5: Staten Island, Galleries at The Interchurch Center , New York, NY
Home(less), Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY
3rd Annual Hand-Pulled Prints: The Current Practice in Printmaking, Site:Brooklyn Gallery,B Brooklyn, NY
Women Under Siege: It’s Happening Right Here, Ceres Gallery, NY
2016Print Matters/Printing Matters, Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN
2015Speaking Volumes…. & Voids, Sculptor’s Alliance,Governor’s Island, New York, NY
Art of Healing, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
2014Brains, Boobs & Backbones: Women Artists/Women’s Issues, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, NY
Artists in the Archives: The Alternet, Cohen Library Archives, CUNY, NY
Ceres@30, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2013Women Look at Women, Staten Island LGBT Community Center, Staten Island, NY
Meet My Uterus, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2012Inside/Outside, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2011100 Years of Women Rockin’ the World, ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Paperworks 2011, Arthaus Gallery, Staten Island, NY
2010Chautauqua: A Continuum of Creativity, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
Prince Street Gallery 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Prince St Gallery, New York, NY
2009HUGEunHUGE , Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
Better Than Ever, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY; Dishman Art Museum,
Beaumont, TX; Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
2008Exposure 2, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
Tending To One Place, Heritage Hjemkomst Center, Fargo, ND
Fabulous Fiber, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
W.O.M.A.N., Gallery 6, Staten Island, NY
2007The Collagraph Circle at Gallery 6, Gallery 6, Staten Island, NY
A Place at the Table at the 440, Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
200625th Anniversary Friends of Dard Hunter, Canal Warehouse, Chillicothe, OH
2005Friends of Dard Hunter – 2005, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Sculpture New Hope 2005, New Hope Arts, New Hope, PA
Fifty Eighth National Open Print Exhibition, American Color Print Society, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
Nude International 2005, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
2004Women in the Middle, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
2003Ceres at 20: Birthday Duet, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2002Tiles in America, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY
2001Straight from the Arts: Staten Island Artists Respond to the Attack on America, Art Lab Gallery, Staten Island, NY
BiFocal,The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, SI, NY
20007 Representational Artists Approaches Using Paper, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY
Space Shaping Space,Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY
1999Women’s Work: What We Do, Art Lab Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
1998Diverse Origens, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
1997Death, Dying and Mourning, Ceres, New York, NY
1996Pulse Points, University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA
Jewish Women Uncensored, Cragin Fife Gallery, Brookline, MA
Reality Check: Cultural Questions and Political Commentaries, Sylvia White Gallery, New York, NY
1995In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the ’90s, curated by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
Community for the Homeless, Broadway Gallery, Albany, NY
Buoys: Marking the Place, Art Initiatives Renegade Space, New York, NY
Reflections of our Jewish Identity, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
1994Point of View, Owen Patrick Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Doubly Talented, Krasdale Foods Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
1993Clay on the Wall, The Eastern Washington University Art Gallery, Cheney, WA
Family Ties, Krasdale Foods Art Gallery, White Plains, NY
1992Women: Diversity & Vision,The Art Lab Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Ctr, SI, NY
1991Giving Shelter, The BAUhouse, Baltimore, MD
1990Women in the Visual Arts 1990, Erector Sq Gallery, New Haven, CT
1989Witness of the Time, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
Clayworks, QCC Gallery of Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY
1987Festivities of the Tree,, Garden Cottage at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, SI, NY
1986The Contemporary Woman in Art, WARM Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1984Artists Choice Museum: The First Eight Years, Artists Choice Museum, New York, NY
Portraits: Form and Concept, First Women’s Bank, New York, NY
19812 Sculpture of the 70’s: the Figure, Pratt Institute Gallery – Manhattan Center, Arkansas Arts Center, University of Oklahoma at Norman, Arizona State University at Tempe, Dartmouth College Museum

Curatorial Projects:

1977Spaces and Places ‑ Small Scale Sculptured Environments, Prince St Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Women Under Siege: It’s Happening Right Here, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2021Don’t Shut Up 2021, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY
2022 The Difference We’ve Made: Women Artists Active In NYC In The 1970’s And Still Making Art, Carter Burden Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Reviews and Articles:

Fressola, Michael, The Confluence of Art and Location, Staten Island Advance, April 16, 2017 
Mitter, Siddhartha,Illuminating the Lives of Women Battered by the Criminal Justice System, Village Voice, January 25, 2017
Fressola, Michael, ‘Venus Comes of Age’ in Manhattan, Staten Island Advance, May 12, 2013
Klebesadel, Helen, Susan Grabel: Art that Explores the Human Dimension of Social Issues Helen Klebesadel: A Muse & Her Artist blog,  June 4, 2012
Fressola, Michael, How Many Wrongs Make A Right?, Staten Island Advance, March 18, 2012
Sievert, Robert,Constructions of Conscience: The Social Art of Susan Grabel,, Volume 19.03,  February 29, 2012
Sievert, Robert, Susan Grabel in the Studio,, Number 10, May 2004
Fressola, Michael, Daring to be Beautiful, Staten Island Advance, November 5, 2000
Raynor, Vivien, Color Relationships in Valhalla, Family Ties in Krasdale, The New York Times, Nov. 7, 1993
Fressola, Michael J., Susan Grabel’s ‘Shadows illuminate isolation’, Staten Island Advance, Mar. 12, 1993
Zimmer, William, Mansion and Former Factory Offer Varied Views of Women, The New York Times, Mar. 18, 1990
Olderman, Maxine, Women artists take a complex view of their world, New Haven Register, March 4, 1990
Fressola, Michael J., Focusing on the Homeless, Staten Island Advance, February 26, 1989
Fressola, Michael J., Island Sculptor Depicts ‘What’s Out There’, Staten Island Advance, Dec 7, 1984
Brenson, Michael, Portraits: Form and Concept, The New York Times, June 29, 1984
Heartney, Eleanor, Portraits: Form and Concept, Art News, Nov. 1983
Bass, Ruth, Alive and Well in the 70’s, Art News, February 1981
Glueck, Grace, Art: Sculptured Figures of 70’s at Pratt Gallery, The New York Times, Nov. 7, 1980

Related Professional Activities:

Panel Moderator, #NeverthelessShePersisted: Women Activists Speak, Zoom Webinar 2021
Panel Moderator, Don’t Shut Up, Ceres Gallery, NY; Art Lab, Staten Island, NY, 2018
Panel Moderator, Women Under Siege: Sexism in the Criminal Justice System, Ceres Gallery, NY, 2017
Panel Moderator, Women Art Critics in the Age of the Internet, Ceres Gallery, NY, 2016
Panel Moderator, Living Your Feminism, Ceres Gallery, NY, 2015
Panelist, Better Than Ever, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, March 2009
Panelist, Tending to One Place, Mid-America Print Council Conference, Fargo, ND, October 2008
Organizer, A Place at the Table, a celebration of the opening of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 2007
Panelist, Visual Commentary on Culture and Nature, College Art Association conference, Boston, MA,  February 1996. 
Panelist, Art as a Vehicle for Social Change, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1994.
Panel Moderator, Cross-Generational Views of Feminism, Artists Talk on Art, Fulcrum Gallery, NY, March 1994