Bio
Susan W. Rood is a printmaker who works in linocut, monotype and collage. She grew up in Northwest Connecticut and presently lives on the family farm where she has her studio. Her work reflects this environment. Animals and plants are sources for her representational artwork. The surrounding landscape provides the comfort and courage to also create more abstract narrative images explored as views from within. The majority of her work is in b/w linocut.
Rood’s work has been included in many national and international exhibitions and shown in many art galleries. She is a juried member of the Boston Printmakers, Zea Mays Printmaking located in Florence, MA and the National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY. Rood has a BFA from Hartford Art School and a MS in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University.

Statement
My abstract narrative images come from within. I do not start with a preconceived vision. To begin the process, I draw quickly and spontaneously. I have sketchbook journals filled with drawings. The figures I draw frequently reappear. They suggest stories that relate to issues in my life. However, I hope that they have a universal quality as well. The narrative for the viewer may not be the same as it is for me.

After I select a drawing to use for a print, the spontaneous process of creation ends. The drawing may be reworked many times before it is carved into a linoleum block. The process of printmaking is almost antithetical to that which is used for the preliminary drawing. The final image implies the duality of artistic expression where inner and outer worlds can meet.

RESUME

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 Seasonal Reflections, Artisans Guild, Norfolk, CT
2012 Rural Reflections, Lost Acres Vineyard, North Granby, CT
2005 Primal Journeys, Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT
2003 Recent Work, Norfolk Artisans Guild, Norfolk, CT
2002 Residency Show, Santarella Museum, Tyringham MA
1999 Linocuts and Collagraphs, Living Traditions Gallery, Bristol, CT
1995 Recent Work, A5 Gallery, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT
1994 Reliefs, Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery, Litchfield, CT
1993 Dolls and Other Things, Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT
1987 Paper Men – Real Dolls, Woodbury Art Gallery, Woodbury, CT
1985 Farm Life: The Vanishing Seen, Woodbury Art Gallery, Woodbury, CT

Two Person Exhibitions
2001 Both Sides, Fine Line Gallery, Woodbury, CT
1986 Pastels and Prints, Beaux Arts Gallery, Southbury, CT

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Boston Printmakers, New England Edition, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
2018 Washington Art Association Members Show, Washington Depot, CT
2017 Seven Artists Infinity Hall Gallery, Norfolk, CT
2017 Zea Mays Printmakers, Hartwick Gallery, Columbia College, MO
2017 The Unity of Opposites, ICA, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2017 Love, Lust & Desire, McGowan Gallery, Concord, NH
2016 Seven Artists, Infinity Gallery, Norfolk, CT
2016 A State of Mind, Boston Printmakers Members Exhibition, Lamont Gallery, Exeter, MA
2016 The Unity of Opposites, Zea Mays Printmaking & Peregrine Press
A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA & MCA, Portland , ME
2016 Norfolk Artists & Friends, Battell Stoeckel Gallery, Norfolk, CT
2016 Inspired by Books, Norfolk Artists & Friends,Norfolk Library,Norfolk, CT
2016 Love, Lust & Desire, McGowan Gallery, Norfolk, CT
2016 Members Show, Washington Art Association, Washington, CT
2015 Local Vision, Aija, Norfolk, CT
2015 Norfolk Artists & Friends, Battell Stoeckel Gallery, Norfolk, CT
2015 Love, Lust & Desire, McGowan Gallery, Concord, NH
2015 Members Show, Washington Art Association, Washington, CT
2014 Love, Lust & Desire, McGowan Gallery, Concord, NH
2014 Gardens, Artists Path Gallery, Litchfield, CT
2013 Norfolk Artists & Friends, Battell Stoeckel Gallery, Norfolk, CT
2013 Flat File Show, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA
2013 Prominent Printmakers 2, New Hampshire Institute of Art. Manchester, NH
2013 Urban Impressions, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, MA
2013 Love, Lust & Desire, McGowan Gallery, Concord, NH
2012 Small Works, Artist's Path Gallery, Litchfield, CT
2012 Holiday Show, Peter Lawrence Gallery, Gaylordsville, CT
2012 River Show, Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT
2012 Print Fair North, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA
2012 Conscious Impressions, D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
2012 Members Show, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA
2012 Art Recycled, Artist's Path, Litchfield, CT
2012 You Make My Heart Sing, Lady Audrey's Gallery, Millerton, NY
2012 The Teeny Tiny Art Show 9, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2011 Prudent Prints, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK
2011 Sketchbook Project 2011, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
2011 The Teeny Tiny Art Show 8, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2011 National Small Works Show, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, NYC, NY
2010 Members Show, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2010 Mythologies, Works from Zea Mays Printmaking, Binney Art Gallery, Wilbraham, MA
2010 The Teeny Tiny Art Show 7, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2010 Half A World Away, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA
2010 Half A World Away, Warpuke New Zealand
2010 Family, Interchurch Center Gallery, NYC, NY
2010 National Small Works Show, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, NYC, NY
2010 The Teeny Tiny Art Show 6, Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
2009 Members Show, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT
2009 Members’ Exhibition, Zea Mays Print Studio, Florence, MA
2009 15th Anniversary Retrospective Show #3, Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery, Litchfield, CT
2009 Artrageous, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York City, NY
2009 Printmaking-Impressions,The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, N.H., Honorable Mention
2009 120th Anniversary Exhibition National Association of Women Artists,Salmagundi Art Club, NYC
2009 120th Anniversary Exhibition National Assoc. of Women Artists, Robeson Gallery, Penn. State University, State College, PA
2008 Members Show, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2008 Seasonal Reflections of Land Trust Properties, Harwinton, CT
2008 Small Works, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York City
2007 CT Women Artists Open Juried Show, Mystic Art Center, Mystic, CT
2007 Landscapes & Escapes Insiders/Outsiders Gallery, Cornwall Bridge, CT
2007 N.A.W.A. 118th Annual Exhibition Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken, N.J.
New Members Show, National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York City
2006 Women & Spirituality, Interchurch Center, New York City
2006 Our Gang, Insiders/Outsiders Gallery, Cornwall Bridge, CT
2006 Small Works Show Karpeles Library Museum, Newburgh, N.Y. & Port of Call Gallery, N.Y.
2006 Celebrating Black & White Art Act 11 Gallery, New Hartford, CT
2006 RKP/Roxbury Miner Library, Roxbury, CT
2006 Art from the Heart Lourdes in Litchfield, Litchfield, CT
2006 The Art Buying Party Burlingame Gallery, Exeter, N.H.
2006 Local Artist Group Bridge Street Gallery, Collinsville, CT
2005 Road Kill Press Printmakers Farmington Library, Farmington, CT
2005 A Fall Gathering of Artists Litchfield, CT
2004 Under Pressure – 4 Printmakers Act 11 Gallery, New Hartford,CT
2004 Summer Show Kittery Art Association, Kittery, ME
2004 Open Studio Weekend Artworks Hartford, CT
2003 Barns and Bovines Act 11 Gallery, New Hartford, CT
2003 RKP Printmakers Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven,CT
2002 Words and Images Harwinton Library, Harwinton, CT, (Award)
2002 Mirrors, Ogunquit Art Collaborative, Ogunquit, ME
2000 Summer Juried Show, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
2000 Friends Fine Line Art Gallery, Woodbury, CT
1999 Holiday Show, Davidson & Daughters, Portland, ME

Artist in Residence
2002 Santarella Museum, Tyringham, MA

Membership
Boston Printmakers, Boston, MA
National Association of Women Artists, New York City
Zea Mays Print Studio, Florence MA

Education
MS Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
BFA Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT