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Susan Schwalb

1944 New York, United States

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Born in 1944, New York, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the revival of the ancient technique of silver – and more generally, metal point drawing, while challenging the traditional, mostly figurative conception. The American artist takes the medium to new levels and translates it into a contemporary aesthetic. The peculiarities of the diverse metals Schwalb is using – among them silver, gold, brass, copper, platinum, pewter, bronze and aluminium – allow for soft shifts of tone and colour and cause ephemeral qualities and a shimmering luminosity, which is unlike any of the usual effects in line drawing.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Metal Point, Rafius Fane Gallery, Boston

A Luminous Line: 40 Years of Metalpoint drawings, Arkansas Art Center,
Little Rock
Metalpoint paintings and drawings, Garvey Simon, New York
2017 Metalpoint Drawings, Derfner Museum, Riverdale, New York
2016 Silverpoint Drawings, Garvey Simon Art Access, New York
2013 Spatial Polyphonies: New Metalpoint Drawings, Garvey Simon Art Access, New

York

2011 Music of Silence: Recent Metalpoint Paintings, K. Imperial Gallery, San

Francisco
A Gathering Quiet, Galerie Mourlot, New York

2009 Interior Voyages: Recent Silverpoint Paintings, Simon Gallery, Morristown
2008 Music of Silence: Recent Metalpoint Paintings and Drawings, Galerie Mourlot,

New York

2006 Metalpoint Paintings, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond

Atmospheric Disturbances, Winfisky Gallery, Salem State College, Salem
Atmospheric Disturbances, Simon Gallery, Morristown

2005 Shards of Memory: Recent Metalpoint Paintings, Solomon Fine Art, Seattle

Drawn in Metal, Robert Steele Gallery, New York
2004 Red Mesa, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale
2003 Afterimage: Recent Metalpoint Paintings and Drawings, Robert Steele Gallery,

New York
Recent Metalpoint Paintings and Drawings, Simon Gallery, Morristown

2002 Let There Be Light, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso

Palimpsest: Recent Metalpoint Paintings, Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale
2001 Palimpsest: Recent Metalpoint Paintings, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York
1999 Moments of Resonance: Recent Metalpoint Drawings and Paintings, Andrea

Marquit Fine Arts, Boston

1998 Improvisations on Outer Space: Recent Metallic Works on Paper, Birke Art

Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington

1997 Improvisations on Outer Space: Recent Metallic Paintings and Silverpoint
Drawings, Arthur B. Mazmanian Art Gallery, Framingham State College,
Framingham

1996 Galaxies & Other Matter: Recent Metallic Paintings, Andrea Marquit Fine Arts,

Boston
Intervals: Silverpoint Paintings, Watson Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton

1994 Silverpoint Drawings, American Cultural Center, Jerusalem
Intervals: Silverpoint Paintings, Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston
1992 – 1994 B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington

The Creation Series (tour: May Museum of Judaica, Lawrence, NY;
Chase/Freedman Gallery, Greater Hartford JCC, West Hartford, CT; Robert I.
Kahn Gallery, Congregation Emanu El, Houston, TX)

1990 The Creation Series: 15 Years of Silverpoint, Yeshiva University Museum, New

York

1989 Silverpoint Drawings, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa

Silverpoint Drawings, SOHO 20 Gallery, Invitational Space, New York
1986 Large-Scale Silverpoint Drawings, Saint Peter’s Church, New York
1985 Recent Silverpoint Drawings, SOHO 20 Gallery, Invitational Space, New York

Recent Silverpoint Drawings, Simmons College, Boston
1983 U.S. Embassy Exhibition Program, sponsored by the United States

Silverpoint Drawings 1978-1982, Information Agency, The American Center in
Belgrade, Banja Luka, and Skopje, Yugoslavia

1978 Orchid Series/Silverpoint Drawings, Loyola University, Chicago
1977 Orchid Series/Silverpoint Drawings, Rutgers University, Newark
Women Artists Series Year Seven, Orchid Series/Silverpoint Drawings,
Douglass College, New Brunswick

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Silverpoint Group Show, Didier Aaron Gallery, New York

Caroline Kryzecki and Susan Schwalb ( Two-person Show), Patrick Heide
Contemporary Art, London

2018 Contemporary Connections: Silverpoint, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel

(travels to Columbus State University, GA)
Transitions, Project: ARTspace, New York

2017 Drawing on History: The National Drawing Invitations: A Retrospective
Exhibition Hamachtarot Museum, Jerusalem, Israel The Jewish Art Salon's
"Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth" curated by Ori Z. Soltes for the
Jerusalem Biennale 2017, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock

2016 Drawing and Prints: Selections from The Met Collection, The Metropolitan

Museum of Art, New York
Nearly Uniform: Contemporary Silverpoint Drawings, Dorsky Projects, Long
Island City, New York
Re-Action, Casal Solleric Museum, Mallorca

2015 Drawing with Silver and Gold: From Leonardo to Jasper Johns, National
Gallery of Art, Washington (tour: The British Museum, London)
Line: Making the Mark, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Drawing with Metal, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London

2014 Biennale der Zeichnung (6th Drawing Biennale), Kunstverein Eislingen,

Eislingen
New Prints 2014/Summer, International Print Center, New York (travels to
Christie’s, New York)

2013 Lines of Liminality, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe (two person with Clifford

Smith)
Paperworks, Telfair Museum, Savannah
Straight Lines in Five Directions, Garvey Simon Art Access, New York
2012 New Prints 2012/Summer, International Print Center New York
Uncovered Prints, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York

2011 Sofia International Paper Art Biennial 2011, Sofia

Group Silverpoint Exhibition, Tinney Contemporary Art, Nashville
Drawings for the New Century, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis

2010 Recent Work by Gallery Artists, Etherington Fine Art, Marfa

Luminous Lines: Contemporary Drawings in Metalpoint, Scripps College,
Claremont
Modern Drawings: Tracing 100 Years, Academy Art Museum, Easton
The Primacy of Paper: Recent Works from the Collection, RISD Museum of
Art, Providence

2009 Group Exhibition: Preview 2010, Blank Space Gallery, New York
Some Things the World Gave: Jan Lhormer and Susan Schwalb Simmons
College, Boston
The Luster of Silver, Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, Evansville
Re-Inventing Silverpoint: An Ancient Technique for the 21st Century, Kentler
International Drawing Space, New York (tour: Cummings Arts Center,
Connecticut College, New London, CT)

2008 Artists and Books, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury

Equilibrium: Susan Schwalb & Nan Tull, Soprafina Gallery, Boston
No Chromophobia, OK Harris Gallery, New York
Winter Group Show, Galerie Mourlot, Los Angeles

2007 Control/Chance: Susan Schwalb, Valerie Constantino & Rainer Gross

Gráficas Gallery, Tucson
Contemporary Metalpoint Drawing, Art Students League, New York
Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
In Residence: Artists and the MacDowell Colony Experience, Thorne-Sagendorph Art
Gallery, Keene College (tour: The Art Gallery, University of New Hampshire, Durham,
NH)
Abstraction Updated: Deborah Muirhead, Susan Schwalb & Suzanne Volmer, G.A.S.P.
Gallery Artists Studio Projects, Brookline
Chance and Necessity, Kentler International Drawings Space, New York
Red, Black and Red, All Over, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver
2006 Figure/Ground, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York

Never Done:
Works by Women Artists from the Puzzuoli Miller Collection, Huntington
Museum of Art, Huntington
Words to Live By, Solomon Fine Art, Seattle
From Sea to Shining Sea, District of Columbia Art Center, Washington
The Luster of Silver: Contemporary Metalpoint Drawings, Telfair Museum of
Art, Savannah
Boundaries: Book Arts Between the Traditional and the Experimental, Erie Art
Museum, Erie
The Square, The ‘temporary Museum of Painting, New York

2005 New England/New York New Talent, Hampden Gallery, U. Mass/Amherst
2004 Drawing Show, Robert Steele Gallery, New York

National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
New Faces: New Visions, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham
Drawing Invitational, The Art Store, Charleston

2003 Insomnia: Landscapes of the Night, The National Museum of Women in the

Arts, Washington
Visions of Passage, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa

2002 New England/New Talent and A Nation Mourns & Artists Respond, Fitchburg

Art Museum, Fitchburg
Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Ordinate/Coordinate, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Works on Paper, Part Two: Everywhere
but California, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL with M.Y. Art Prospects, NYC

2001 At the Edge: The Horizon Line in Contemporary Art, Dorsky Gallery, New York

Burn: Artists Play with Fire, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
Minimalennialism, Jim Kempner Fine Arts, New York
2000 Basel Art Fair, Switzerland with Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago

Visual Memoirs: Selected Paintings and Drawings, The Rose Art Museum,
Waltham
Stockholm Art Fair 2000, Sweden; kunst KÖLN 2000, Germany, with M.Y. Art
Prospects, New York
A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions of Prints and Drawings, The Fogg
Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge
Robert Steele Gallery, New York
Summer Paper, Catherine Moore Fine Art, New York
Vernal Equinox, The Art Store, Charleston
25th Annual National Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Norman R. Eppink Art
Gallery, Emporia State University, Emporia
Black and White, Spheris Gallery, Walpole

2000 – 2001 Jewish Artists: On the Edge, College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe (tour: Yeshiva

University Museum, NYC)
Living in the Moment: Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time, Hebrew
Union College, New York

1999 Ninth Triennial, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton
1998 Vibration, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York

Book As Art X, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
Portfolio Series, Eich Space, New York
Pierogi 2000 NY-Flatfiles, Künstlerhaus, Vienna (tour: Vassar College,
Poughkeepsie, NY; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

1997 Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York
(tour: Gasworks, London, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England;
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of NC, Greensboro)
Recent Acquisitions, Wynn Kramarsky Inc., New York
Sizzle and The Art Exchange, Jeffery Coploff Fine Art Ltd, New York
The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, Boston
1996 Large Drawings and Objects: Structural Foundations of Clarity, Arkansas Art

Center, Little Rock
Drawings from Boston: Selections from The Boston Public Library Collection,
Harvard Club, Boston
Viewpoints II, Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston
25 Years of Feminism, 25 Years of Women's Art, Rutgers University, New
Brunswick

1994 Power, Pleasure, Pain: Contemporary Women Artists Space and the Female

Body, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge
Drawing, Discovery, and Diversity, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa
Contemporary Metalpoint Drawing, Suffolk Community College, Selden, New
York

1993 Sanctuaries: Recovering the Holy in Contemporary Art, Museum of
Contemporary Religious Art, Saint Louis University, St Louis,
Extrapolation, Pino Molica Gallery, New York
Small Works, NYU, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York
CT Selections from The National Drawing Association, Thomas J. Walsh Art
Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield

1993 – 1998 Aishet Hayil—Woman of Valor, Yeshiva University Museum, New York (tour:
Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, OH, The Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver, CO,
Janice Charach Epstein Museum, West Bloomfield, MI, Plotkin Museum of
Judaica, Phoenix, AZ, Kanner Heritage Museum, North York, Ontario, Canada,

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel)

1992-93 Silverpoint Etcetera: Contemporary American Metalpoint Drawings, Arkansas
Arts Center, Little Rock (tour: Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME; Huntsville
Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL;
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA)
Europa-America: “360” E-VENTI, Pino Molica Gallery, New York (tour: Rome,
Italy)

1991 Uncommon Ground, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa
Drawings, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton
Viewpoints, Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston

1990 Rutherford Gallery, Boston

Spirituality in Contemporary Art by Women, Watson Gallery, Wheaton College,
Norton

1989 Drawing: Line or Image, Newport Art Museum, Newport
1988 – 1990 American Abstract Drawings 1930-1987, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little
Rock (tour: Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; The Arts Club, Chicago, IL)

1988 Boston Women Artists, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
1987 Contemporary Silverpoint Drawing, Leslie Cecil Gallery, New York

Four Artists, Brad Cooper Gallery, Tampa
Three Women-Three Visions, Gallery Eleven, Tufts University, Medford
Hudson Gallery, New York
Works by Women: From the Boston Public Library, Collection of Works on
Paper by Living Artists with Ties to Boston, Wiggin Gallery, Boston Public
Library, Boston
Chanukah Exhibition ’87, The Jewish Community Museum, San Francisco
1986 Saints and Sinners: Contemporary Responses to Religion, DeCordova and

Dana Museum and Park, Lincoln

1985 – 1986 The Fine Line: Drawing with Silver in America The Norton Museum of Art,
West Palm Beach (tour: Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola; Arkansas Arts
Center, Little Rock; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield)
1985 Artist as Shaman, The Woman’s Building, Los Angeles
1982 Sacred Artifacts, Objects of Devotion, The Alternative Museum, New York
Jewish Themes/Contemporary American Artists, The Jewish Museum, New
York
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina

1981 Virginia Images, Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke

10th Anniversary Retrospective - Women Artists Series, Douglass College,
New Brunswick, NJ; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
Religion Into Art, Pratt Manhattan Center, New York (tour: Pratt Institute,
Brooklyn, NY; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR)

1980 – 1983 American Drawings III, The Portsmouth Community Arts Center, Portsmouth

(Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition)

1980 National Exhibition Works on/of Paper, Paper in Particular, Columbia College,

Columbia
Evocative Images, Fordham University, New York
Five Artists: Process and Product, Art Colloquium, Salem
Outlaw Esthetics, Just Above Mid-Town/Downtown Gallery, New York
Fire and Water/Paper as Art, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack
Aspects of Fire, Frank Marino Gallery, New York

1979 8 Année Travaux sur Papier Objets, Centre Cultural Municipal Jacques

Prévert, Villeparisis
Drawing Invitational: Six Women, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

(tour: High Point Arts Council, High Point, NC; University Museums, The
University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS)

1978 Women Artists ’78, Graduate Center, City University, New York
Women Working in Art, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina
1977 Paper, Fabric, Glass, Just Above Mid-Town Gallery, New York
1976 New York City: Carnegie-Mellon Alumni, Westbroadway Gallery, New York
1975 Works on Paper: Women Artists, The Brooklyn Museum, New York

Selected Corporate Collections
The Art Hotel, New York, NY
Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA
Bromberg & Sunstein, Boston, MA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
C.S.C. Index, Chicago, IL
Coventry Capital Ltd, London, England
Crown Plaza Ravinia Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Dimock Community Health Center, Roxbury, MA
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Grand Hyatt, New York, NY
Independence Investments Associates, Inc., Boston, MA
The Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA
Mckee Nelson LLP, New York,
Mediation Works Inc., Boston, MA
Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA
Neponset Health Center, Dorchester, MA
Office Environments of New England, Boston, MA
Pfizer Inc., New York, NY
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Florham Park, NJ
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Commons, Boston, MA
Robinson & McElwee PLLC, Charleston, WV
Sonesta International Hotels Corp., Boston, MA
Volunteer Lawyers Project, Boston, MA
West Bay Lagoon Hotel, Doha, Qatar

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