About Susan Barnett

When George Harrison arrived in New York for the Beatles’ historic visit he was carrying a Pentax Spotmatic as he descended the airplanes steps. I was then 15 years old and soon I bought the same Pentax and began to photograph my everyday life such as it appeared to me. I later was lucky enough to have been given my father's 40 year old Leicaflex SL2 which I use to this day.

After an internship at the Cloisters, the Medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was lucky enough to get a job at the Perls Galleries on Madison Avenue which specialized in the School of Paris, the Fauves and made Alexander Calder a household word. I worked there I worked for twelve years as Associate Director. I continue my association with Calder and the Perls to this day.

Next door to Perls Galleries was Light Gallery, one of the earliest galleries to show Contemporary Photography; there I experienced firsthand the work of Steven Shore, Aaron Siskind and Lee Friedlander.

The art world of the 70’s in New York gave me the opportunity to explore the art of the moment but because of the proximity of all the Museums and galleries and auction houses I was able to give myself an education in visual thinking while handling the work of the Masters. I continued to photograph and eventually began to use my camera full time once again.

I have had solo exhibitions at the The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Center for Fine Art Photography and at the DeSantos Gallery. In 2014 I will be showing at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography and at Leica Gallery, LA.

“Not In Your Face” has won awards recently from PhotoLucida Critical Mass Top 50 and the PDN Annual 2013.

Images are available at Clampart, New York.

Solo Exhibitions:
Griffin Museum of Photography, June - July 2012
De Santos Gallery, Houston, Texas, June 2012
Center for Fine Arts Photography, February – March 2013
Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, September - October 2013

Group Exhibitions:
Philadelphia University of the Arts: Gallery 1401, Philadelphia PA , “Photo Review”
Silvermine, New Canaan, CT. “Spectra 2010”, curated by Brian Clamp
Center For Fine Art Photography, CO, “Human + Being”, curated by Phil Borges, 2010
Silvereye, “Future Forward”, curated by Darren Ching, 6 person Exhibition, 2011
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, “Center Forward”, curated by Hamidah Glasgow
New York Photo Festival, “Provocation”, Powerhouse, 2011
Griffin Museum of Photography 17th Annual Juried Competition, juried by Debra Klompching, 2011
Houston Center for Photography, Members Exhibition, juried by Ariel Shanberg, 2011
Final Wall Gallery, Templice Spa, Prague, Czechoslavakia, Photo Annual 2011 Awards
Espace Dupon, Paris, France, Px3 Winners Exhibition, 2011
Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, 1st Juried Exhibition, curated by Nancy Barr, 2011
Noviembre 2011, “Atlantica Collectivas”, Centro de Fotographica, Tenerife, 2011
Worldwide Photographic Biennal Exhibition, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 2012
Center for Fine Art Photography, “Portraits”, curated by Anna Skillman Walker, January 2012
Humble Arts Foundation, 31 Women in Photography, Halsted Kraeutler Gallery. New York, 2012
The Perspective Gallery, Chicago, Il, Lens 2012, juried by Catherine Edelman, February, 2012
Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, “Change of Pace”, 2012,
Griffin Museum 18th Annual Juried Competition, curated by Paul Kopeikin, July 2012
Viridian Gallery, 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, New York, NY August, 2013
Photography Open Salon Arles 2012, “An Eye for an Ear”, Arles, France July 2012
XVII edicion de los Encuentros Abiertos Festival de la Luz, “Passion”, curated by Elda Harrington,
Center for Fine Art Photography, “Center Forward”, curated by Ann Jastrab and Hamidah Glasgow
Photo Vista 2012 Festival, Krasnodar, Russia, October 2012
GuatePhoto, Ciuidad de Guatemala, November 2012
United Photo Industries, “It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, curated by Sam Barzilay, 2013
Format Exposure 13, Format Festival, “Factory”, curated by Louise Clements, Derby UK, March 2013
Perpspective Gallery, Lens 2013, curated by Karen Irvine, March 2013
Kaunas Festival, “Celebrations” Kaunas, Lithuania, April 2013
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, “PhotoID”, curated by Susan Hillhouse Leask, March-July 2013
Gallery of Centro Americano, Medellin, Columbia, ”Zoomfest”, curated by Juan Alberto Gaviria, 2013
Open Salon “Eye for an Ear”, China House, George Town Penang Malaysia, 2013
Festival Encontros da Imagem, “Love and Family”, curated by Rui Prata, Braga, Portugal, 2013
Critical Mass “Top 50” Exhibition, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013
Critical Mass “Top 50” Exhibition, SE Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL, 2013

Awards:
WPGA “Color”, Silver Honorable Mention, WPGA Pollux Award: 4 categories, WPGA, Gold Medal,
Photo Annual Award,Gold Medal, Px3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Silver Medal, Px3, Prix de la
Photographie Paris: Pollux Award, IPA, 5 Honorable Mentions, Critical Mass 2011 Finalist, Photography
Masters Cup Award, Center for Fine Art Photography, Blurb Award, Review Santa Fe 2012, Library of
Congress, Purchase 3 Photographs, May 2012, Award of Merit, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Director’s
Choice, Photo Vista 2012, Krasnodar, Russia, Photolucida, Critical Mass 2012, “Top 50”, Open to
Interpretation “Love and Lust”, juried by Aline Smithson, Finalist (Personal) PDN Annual 2013

Publications:
Lens Culture
Popular Photography Magazine
Oitzarisme
Photo Center NW Center for Fine Art
Photography
Projekt30
Fotovisura Magazine
NewYorkPhotoFestival.com
Lenscratch
Heinz Foundation vimeo
Social Documentary.net
You Tube “Meet the Artist”
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“The PHOTO”/Artvas
Hey, Hot Shot Contender
“Identities 2011“,Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age”,“Real Essays with Readings
Houston Press, Fototazo by Lars Boering, La Lettre De La Photographie by Adriana Teresa, LensCulture
Weblog, International Womens Day, Influential Women Photographers, Underexposed by Susan
Burnstine, Lenswork Volume #97, Fraction Magazine Womans Issue, F-Stop Magazine, Troika Editions,
Culture Map Houston, Rangefinder Magazine by Alison Valencia, Fraction Magazine Japan, Portfolio,
SuperMassiveBlackHole, Issue 11, by Barry Hughes, “Projects Clampart, Blog, Library of Congress
acquisition, Picture Society, edited by Sarah LaVigne, Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark, Newspaper and
online, Guardian Weekend Magazine and online by Hannah Booth, “Love Issue”, Bulgaria, Loveland
Herald Reporter, by Rhema Zlaten, FotoMagazin, edited by Manfred Zollner, The Coloradean, “T-shirts
elevated to Art”, by Stacy Nick, Juror for “Smile Exhibition”, A Smith Gallery, Johnston City, Texas

Education: Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Employment: Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ft. Tryon Park, NY, Perls Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue, NY, WW Galleries, New York, NY, Dunham and Marcus, New York, NY

Selected work available at ClampArt, New York.

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