Susan Schiesser

Ohio 1955


1990 San Francisco Art Institute, B.A. Program, Painting

1989 College of Marin, Kentfield, California

1977 Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

1976 University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii



A long time of flying from here to there has provided an interest in the view from the window seat . I now require those moments of reflection, introspection, the total detachment, and the casual curiosity I find when traveling by air. Temporarily separated from my day-to-day, passing over entire continents, the drama of millions unfolding below... being in the present while surrounded by a seeming lack of it... travel and it's journey have become a form of meditation punctuated with urban lightshows, subliminally perceived crop signs, seemingly endless water, reverie, memory, anticipation... and white noise. Recreating aspects of the distancing and the resulting abstractions, peppered heavily with experience and intuition, are the focus of my current body of work. Adding helicopters into the mix of the medium, I am able to get a good visual on the land-patterns I seek, as I continue to explore the language of paint. My favorite and most inspirational teacher from SFAI is abstract expressionist painter, Julius Hatofsky. Julius, a consummate New Yorker who boasted 80+ years without ever owning a car or a drivers' license, said, “Making a painting is like riding a bus... all kinds of interesting things can happen along the way and if you miss your stop you can usually ride the line again.”



San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists' Gallery

Schiesser Gallery, Steamboat Springs CO



2007 Marizart Gallerie, Hamburg, Germany, January

2005 2006 elements of landscape, full house, studio gallery 27, Steamboat CO

2005 2004 new paintings: TEI Gallery, Steamboat CO

2003 Valley Views The Red Brick, Aspen CO 2002 The Truth About Dave, ‘02 Open Studio Tour / RiverArt Studio/Gallery, CO

2001 Faces from the Mountains Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat CO

2000 – 2006 Open Studio Tours



2006 Exhibits: January, February, and May

2002 Body of Water, Small Works Gallery, Winter Visions Mad Creek Gallery, CO

2001 Miniatures Mad Creek Gallery, CO

2000 New Works, Cionni & Schiesser

Red Barn Studio Gallery, CO

Summer Art 2000 Depot Art Center, CO

Trees - An Artist's View, Cups, Landscape in Two Colors, Workshop Work

Small Works Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

1999 Mixed Media Painters Society Fall Exhibit The Red Brick, Aspen, CO

Winter Works 1999, Summer Art ‘99

Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts

Steamboat Springs, CO

Mixed Media Invitational, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, CO

1998 Recent Landscapes, Full Moon Gallery Cafe, CO

1997 Winter Works, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, CO

1996 Open Studio, Schoonacher Building, Sausalito, California

1995 Plein Air Painters, 555 Cleveland (Gallery) Petaluma, California

1994 Members Invitational, Ross Valley Artists Guild Ross, California

1990 and 1991 SFAI Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

1989 Marin College Student's Exhibition, Campus Gallery Kentfield, California



2006 January Exhibit @ PROJEKT30

2006 February Exhibit @ PROJEKT30

2006 May Exhibit @ PROJEKT30

2005 Best of Show

Texas Artists' Museum's 12 th Annual Gulf Coast Art

Port Arthur TX

(2002) 30th Anniversary Exhibit Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, CO
Invitation Only

Body of Water
Small Works Gallery, CO
First Place Award, Painting

1997 Winter Works
Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Award of Merit, Painting

1995 Members Invitational
Ross Valley Artists Guild
Ross, California
Best of Show, Painting



Steamboat Magazine, Winter 2006/2007 Artscape

Southwest Art Magazine, Artist to Watch, November 2005 Issue



Erica Osborne, Albuquerque
Plein Air Painting
Steamboat Springs, CO

Joe Santori, New York School
Portraiture and Still Life, Painting

Susan Haas Ohme,
RiverHouse Fine Art Prints - monotype
Steamboat Springs, CO

Josette Urso, New York
Mixed Media
Steamboat Springs, 1997

Chester Arnold, Plein Air Painting
SFAI and Private
San Francisco & Sonoma County
1997, 1996, 1995, 1994


COLLECTIONS *corporate

Abernathy, NM
*Atkinson, CO
Biagi, NM
Billings, Mill Valley, CA
Cionni, Steamboat Springs, CO
*Cosel, New York, NY
Dennis, Toronto, Canada
*Duckles, CO
Elber, Tiburon, CA
*Frazier, Mill Valley, CA
Fancher, CO
*Gallo, New York, NY
*Grand Summit Hotel, CO
Hands, Steamboat Springs CO
Hatofsky, San Francisco
Higgins, Seattle, WA
Keach, Los Angeles, CA
Keifer, Steamboat Springs, CO
Laterzo, Steamboat Springs, CO
Legname, San Francisco
*Lemmon, Washington, DC
Litterman, New Jersey + CO
*Martin, Cleveland, Ohio
Maynard, Los Angeles
Nelson, Steamboat Springs, CO
Nordwall, Virginia Beach, VA
Poppin, Steamboat Springs, CO
*Raynor, Scarsdale, NY
Sachs, CO
Siefert, Canton, OH
Stout, Steamboat Springs, CO
Upbin, CO
*Ventrudo, Chicago, IL
Woehrle, Lucerne, Switzerland
*Woehrle, Olten, Switzerland
Wolf, Steamboat Springs, CO
Wolverton, Steamboat Springs, CO
*Yampa Valley Medical Center



Board Member, Steamboat Springs Public Arts Commission, 2-year assignation

Director/Owner, Schiesser Gallery, 2005 –

Curator, TEI Modern Contemporary Gallery 2004-2005

Founder, ArtLink Steamboat, 2003 - 2006

Mixed Media Painters School of SS

Artists of Steamboat Springs

Director, Small Works Gallery, 1998-2002
Steamboat Springs Arts Council