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Susan Carnahan

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University of North Texas, 1992, BFA
Syracuse University, 1996, MFA

conceptual, video-art, installation

Current Exhibitions and Events
Statement / Bio / CV


In my work, I have often explored the nature of relationships and the perpetual shifting dynamics between people and their various roles. I am fascinated by how these roles inform each other, and how they are never static in nature, but rather constantly subject to change as they evolve.  As an artist, I have examined roles and ideas from the perspective of a child.  Now, as a parent, I am able to see myself in the role of my own mother, gaining a better understanding of how these cycles come together, full circle.  


Susan Carnahan is a NYC based photographer, video artist, burgeoning ceramicist, wife and mother of three.  Originally from Dallas, Texas, she colpleted her undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in 1992.  She then moved to upstate New york, earning her MFA in photography from Syracuse University.  She has exhibited in New York. Brooklyn, Chicago. Ohio, Los Angeles, Texas, Australia, Finland, etc.

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

2014                 “One - Art Fair”,  Artifact Gallery,  New York, NY, curated by Serge Gregorian.

2014                 “Art in Mind - Other Worlds”,  The Brick Lane Gallery - The Annexe,  London, UK, curated by Tessa Yee.

2013                 “Obstructed Desires”,  solo exhibition, Artifact Gallery,  New York, NY.

2013                 “Lucid Sensibility”,  Space Womb Gallery,  Long Island City, NY.

2013                 21st Annual Friends Exhibition,  Ceres Gallery,  New York, NY.

2013                 Back to Square One,  Ward-Nasse Gallery,  New York, NY,  curated by Tchera Niyego

2013                 “2013 Square Exhibition”,  Space Womb Gallery,  Long Island City, NY.

2012                 Parallax Art Fair,  International Contemporary Art Fair,  New York, NY.

2012                 Rejoice: Twentieth Annual Friends Exhibition,  Ceres Gallery,  New York, NY.

2012                 ITVfest,  International Television Festival, Downtown Convention Center,  Los Angeles, CA

2012                 6x6x2012,  Rochester Contemporary Art Center,  Rochester, NY.

2011                 Transitions: Nineteenth Annual Friends Exhibition,  Ceres Gallery,  New York, NY.

2010                 “10th Annual Art Exhibition”,  Hudson View Gardens,  New York, NY.

2010                 “Uptown Arts Stroll”,  Hudson View Gardens,  New York, NY.

2008                 “Bound”,  Palookaville, Fitzroy, Australia,  curated by Ulrika Holmlund.

2007                 “Memory Minister”, Explosivo/chashama,  New York, NY,  curated by Tracy Candido.

2007                 “Exposed”,  Basement ARI, Fiskars, Finland.

2007                 “Story Redefined”,   Poietis Gallery,  New York, NY,  curated by Sisun Song & Ji-Yaang Kim.

2007                 “Art Melbourne '07,  Royal Exhibition Building,  Melbourne, Australia

2007                 “Voyeur One”,  69 Smith Street Gallery,  Fitzroy, Australia,  curated by Ulrika Holmlund.

2006                 “Doodle”, Broadway Gallery,  New York, NY,  curated by Tchera Niyego,  

2006                 “Building Characters”,  UNT artspace FW,  Fort Worth, TX,  curated by Diana Block.

2005                 “explosivo! art show”,  Stay Gold Gallery,  Brooklyn, NY,  curated by Tracy Candido.

2005                 “Stygian Creek”,  Three Walls Gallery,  Chicago, IL,  curated by Ruba Katrib.

2003                 “Freak Show”,  MUSAWWIR art space,  Midland Park, NJ,  curated by Jennifer Musawwir. 

2002                 “Playground”,  'The Standard Projection' series,  The Standard Hotel,  Los Angeles, CA.

2001                 “Prankster”,  White Columns Gallery,  New York, NY,  curated by Lauren Ross.

2000                 “Juan Leche”,  Good/Bad Art Collective,  Brooklyn, NY.

2000                 “Small World”,  *67 Gallery,  Brooklyn, NY,  curated by Nadja Rottner.

2000                 “Video Night 6”,  Good/Bad Art Collective,  Brooklyn, NY.

1999                 “Size Matters”,  Gail Gates Gallery,  Brooklyn, NY,  curated by Mike Weiss.

1999                 “Outer Boroughs”,  White Columns Gallery,  New York, NY,  curated by Paul Ha.

1999                 “Gallery Night Exhibition 1999”,  Gallery 414,  Fort Worth, TX

1999                 “Behind Every Bad Artist is a Good Art Collective”,  Good/Bad Art Collective,  Brooklyn, NY.

1999                 “Peek”,  FIT Off-Campus, Hosted by White Box Gallery,  New York, NY.

1998                 “Tiny Imperfections”,  two person exhibition,  A.I.R. Gallery II,  New York, NY.

1997                 “Pictures We Like”,  Gray Matters Gallery,  Dallas, TX,  curated by Dottie Allen.

1997                 “Gallery Night III”,  Gallery 414,  Fort Worth, TX.

1996                 “Small Works International”,  Amos Eno Gallery,  New York, NY,  curated by Claire Bell.

1996                 “Photowork '96”,  Barrett House Galleries,  Poughkeepsie, NY,  curated by Miles Barth.

1996                 “1996 National Small Works Exhibition”,  An Art Place,  Chicago, IL.

1996                 “The Burning Bra and Other Bedside Tales”,  Smithtown Township Arts Council,  St James, NY.

1995                 “Mama's Girl”,  solo exhibition,  M.O.A.T. Gallery,  Dallas, TX.

1995                 “Toledo Friends of Photography”,  Toledo Museum of Art,  Toledo, OH,  curated by Bea Nettles.

1995                 “Post-Partum”,  two person exhibition,  Phoebes Gallery,  Syracuse, NY.

1995                 “MFA II”,  Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery,  Syracuse University,  Syracuse, NY.

1995                 “Arti-Face”,  photography exhibition,  Lightworks Gallery,  Syracuse, NY.

1995-3             “In Conjunction with Matrilineage”,  White Cube Gallery,  Syracuse University,  Syracuse, NY.

1994                 “Everson Museum Biennial”,  Everson Museum of Art,  Syracuse, NY,  curated by Wendell Castle and Tom Sherman.

1994                 “National 1994 Small Works Exhibition”,  Schoharie County Arts Council,  Cobleskill, NY, curated by Jerry Saltz.

1994-3             “Summer Exhibition”,  Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery,  Syracuse University,  Syracuse, NY.

1993                 “Annual Award Winners Show”,  East Texas International Photographic Contest.  Third Floor Gallery,  East Texas State University,  Commerce, TX,  curated by Skeet and Lee McAuley.

1993                 “Graduate Photo Exhibition”,  White Cube Gallery,  Syracuse University,  Syracuse, NY.

1993                 “Out of Print”,  Traveling Print Exhibition,  Syracuse, NY.

1992                 “Exposition '92”,  500 X Gallery,  Dallas, TX.

1991                 “Voertman's Annual Competition”,  Art Gallery, University of North Texas,  Denton, TX.

1990                 “44+ Show”,  large scale photographic show,  Allen Street Gallery,  Dallas, TX.

1990                 “Union Show”,  Union Gallery,  University of North Texas,  Denton, TX.

1990                 “Group Exposure”,  Center for the Visual Arts,  Denton, TX.

1989                 “Miscellaneous Photo Show”,  Oak Street Gallery,  Denton, TX.

Recent Exhibits

Susan Carnahan participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 Art In Mind
The Brick Lane Gallery-The Annexe
Oct, 2013 Obstructed Desires
Jul, 2013 21st Friends’ Exhibition
Ceres Gallery
Jan, 2013 Back to Square One
WN Gallery
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