Heirlooms Series

Combining her interest in daily life and human mortality, Susan has started a new series using cloth-covered plastic bones to create domestic objects. You can see a house, a bowl, a platter, and a rocking chair in the photo here; a bed and a garden made of collaged and quilted skeleton parts. You can see more pictures and get further information on the Gallery page.

SAQA Exhibit for Aqua Art Goes Virtual

Susan was one of 30 artists chosen to represent Studio Art Quilt Associates at Aqua Art Miami in fall 2020. Although the SAQA exhibit was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, the organizers quickly pivoted to show the work in SAQA's new virtual gallery, under the title Room with a View, curated by Sandra Sider. See the work here.

Layered and Stitched in San Jose in 2021

Susan’s piece "Family Life" is featured in the exhibit “Layered and Stitched, 50 Years of Innovative Art,” scheduled to travel to six venues, including the Dairy Barn Center for the Arts and the International Quilt Museum. The exhibit will be installed at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles from October 10, 2021 to January 9, 2022, and Susan will participate in a panel discussion at the museum then. "Family Life" is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Layered and Stitched is the companion exhibition for the book Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation, written by Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, and Martha Sielman, and edited by Sandra Sider. The book was published in 2018 and includes a profile of Susan and her sculpture.

NEA Award

Susan's piece "We Live Here" has been installed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. A year in the making, this large work incorporates life stories from people in communities touched by the hospital. The piece was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by Silicon Valley Creates in partnership with the hospital and San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Susan Else Portrait