2000 Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1987 Baccalaureate in Art & Chemistry, cum laude, San Francisco State University
2007 Inferno Gallery, Oakland, CA. “Fearless”
2006 Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, California. "Susannah Israel"
2005 Eddie Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College, San Pablo. "a confluence of voices"
2004 Merritt College, Oakland, California, "Material Concerns"
2003 Eddie Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College, “Before, During & After Archie Bray”
2002 Bakersfield Museum of Art, “Oil & Cotton: A Season in Bakersfield”
2000 San Francisco State University Gallery, SF CA, “Permanent Record”
1998 Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California “ More Big Stories”
1997 Sol Ceramica Gallery, Sacramento, California "Big Stories”, large-format sculpture
1996 City of Oakland Public Art Program, Windows at 5000 Telegraph Avenue
East Bay MUD Art Gallery, Oakland, CA Works on paper
1995 June Steingart Gallery, Laney College, Oakland, CA, "The Retired Fortuneteller"
1994 California State University @ Bakersfield, CA “’Allegory: to speak publicly’”
1993 Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California "Susannah Israel: New Work"
1992 One Marathon Plaza, San Francisco, California “Clay Bodies”
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV. “Visiting Artists Exhibition”
Pence Gallery, Davis, California. “Susannah Israel & Daphne Gillen”
Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO. “Artrageous”
Lincoln Arts Gallery, Lincoln, California. “Invitational 20th Annual Feats of Clay Artists”
Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California. “30 Ceramic Sculptors”
2006 Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Martinez. art passages
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri. Art Blast 2006
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana. Archie Bray Artists
Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California. 30 Ceramic Sculptors
2005 Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Narratives in Clay
2005 Pence Gallery, Davis, California. Two for Tea
The Artery, Davis, CA. California Clay Competition
Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA. Feats of Clay XVIII
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri. Animated Earth: The Many Permutations of Clay.
2004 Laney College, Steingart Gallery, Oakland CA, Faculty Art Exhibition
Inferno Gallery, Oakland, California, "Bush Out!"
Eddie Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA "The Animal Experience"
2003 Fort Mason Museum, San Francisco, California. Annual Showcase Exhibition
New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley CA “Focus on the Figure”
San Joaquin Potters, Stockton, California, Visions in Clay
Sierra College, Nevada County, Gillian Hodges Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
2002 Virginia Groot Foundation, Chicago, Illinois: Visual Perspectives
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana Resident Artists 2002
Fort Mason Museum, San Francisco, California. Annual Showcase Exhibition
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Contemporary Ceramics
2001 Lincoln Arts & Culture, Lincoln, California, “Clay Art” invitational
Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, “Annual Showcase Exhibition”
New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA “Bay Area and Beyond”
2000 Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, “American Ceramics Collection”,
Yingko Museum of Art, Taiwan, “6th Annual Golden Ceramics Award”
Alice Arts Center, Oakland Cultural Arts Program, 3-person show
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln California, “Feats of Clay XIII”
1999 Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA “Selections: Ceramics”, 2-person show
Shepparton, Australia “Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award”,
Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California “Hot Tea”
1998 El Camino Real Gallery, Sacramento, California “New Space New Work
Center for Visual Art, Oakland, CA 2-person show
Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, Stilwell Annual Exhibition
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California, "Alpha to Omega"
1997 Pacific Rim Sculptors, San Francisco “Twelve by Twelve”
Madigan Gallery, CSU Bakersfield, CA “Narrative Figures in Clay”, 4-person show
Auckland Museum, New Zealand “21st Annual Fletcher Challenge”
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California “Figuratively Speaking”
1996 Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles ,CA “response/inquiry/disclosure” 3-person show
Galeria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA “I know why the caged bird sings
Kennedy Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama “1996 Monarch National”
1995 South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco "Urban Visions: Bay Area Muralists”
Museum of the University, Memphis, Tennessee “Clay Does It All”
Peach Pit Fine Arts, Sacramento, CA “Annual Bronze Invitational"
1994 Museum of Contemporary Crafts, San Francisco “Made in California”
Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield, CA “Realizations: Public Art Projects”
Maveety Gallery, Salishan, Oregon “Susannah Israel & Lisa Rakonnen”
1993 Museum of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy “48th International Competition”
Auckland Museum, New Zealand, “17th Annual Fletcher Challenge”
1992 Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA “Matrix International 1992"
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California “Feats of Clay V”
1991 Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas “7th National Ceramic Competition”
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California “Feats of Clay IV”
PUBLIC & SITED WORKS
2007 "Repose". Estuary Sculpture Park, Oakland, California
2006 "Dos Rios" Mission Clay Products, Corona, California
"Anima". Leslie Ceramics, Berkeley, California
2004 Made in Kansas. Mission Clay Products, Pittsburg, Kansas
"River Child", 45th Ave Pocket Park, Oakland, California
2003 "House Plans" woodfired figure sculpture. Madison Public Library, Wisconsin
2002 “High Tea at the Bray” Three life-size clay figures with dog, kitten, sparrows, chickens
and a gopher enjoy a tea party. Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
2000 “Word” installed at the American Poetry Archives, San Francisco State University
1999 “Indra’s Net” high relief carving, industrial raw clay pipe, 6 ft x 3 ft, at the 4th annual
Lincoln Arts Clayfest, Lincoln, California
1998 “carnival!” carved industrial clay pipe at the 3rd annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest. video
1997 “Life Boat”, carved industrial clay pipe at 2nd annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest. video
1996 Peacebuilders mural, 16 ft x 68 ft at the Ocotillo School in Tucson, Arizona.
“Dos Rios” and “Clayfest Stomp” completed at the 1st annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest.
1995 “Buhay natin/Our lives” mural at Serramonte del Rey High School, Daly City
1994 “’Allegory: to speak publicly’”, life-sized group of five figures, California State
University at Bakersfield, California
SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS
2006 Arts Commission of Contra Costa County Award
2005 Juror's Award, California Clay Competition, the Artery, Davis, California
Purchase Award, Feats of Clay XVIII, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California
2004 Award of Excellence, Arts on Fire , Alameda Arts Center, Alameda, California
2003 Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California
Gillian Hodges Sculpture Award, Sierra College, Nevada County Campus, CA
2002 NCECA Resident Scholarship Award, Archie Bray Foundation, Helen, Montana
2000 2nd Place & Purchase Awards, Feats of Clay XIII, Lincoln Arts Center, CA
“California Clay Competition” Juror’s Award, Davis, California
1999 First Annual Ernie Kim Award in Ceramics, Richmond Art Center
1998 Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award, SF State University
1997 Vivika Heino Award in Ceramic Art, Ventura, California 1995
Double Award of Merit, “Feats of Clay VIII”, Lincoln Arts
1994 Virginia Groot Foundation Award, Evanston, Illinois
1993 Premier Award, “17th Annual Fletcher Challenge” Auckland, New Zealand
1991 Bronze Casting Award, International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2004 Mission Clay, Pittsburg, Kansas factory site.
2002 Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana.
1996-2000 Featured artist, annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest, Lincoln, California
1996 Ocotillo School, Tucson, Arizona: Artist-in-Residence for Peacebuilders Mural.
1994 7th Annual Sculptor on Campus, Fine Arts Department, CSU Bakersfield
Artist-in-Residence, Doelger Art Center, City of Daly City, California
2005 "Working Big: Sculpting Industrial Clay Pipe." online article, Ceramics Today
2002 “In Pursuit of Beauty”, article, Studio Potter
2001 “Woodstoke 2000”, article, Ceramics Technical, Issue 12
2007 Ceramics Monthly, October; "Susannah Israel: Fearless"
Clay Times, "17th Annual CCACA, Davis, CA"
Ceramics Monthly, November, “Firings” exhibition review
2005 The Advocate, San Pablo, Contra Costa College, "Moody Masterpieces"
2004 500 Ceramic Figures, Lark Books, Charlotte, North Carolina
2003 Art in America, April issue; “Voyage” selected for Sculpturesite.com
2002 “Visual Perspectives” catalog essay by Margaret Carney, Virginia Groot Foundation
2001 Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire, 1/11/01, “Visiting Artist”.
2000 Ceramics Monthly, February issue: “Richmond Art Center Ceramics Award”
1999 Ceramics Monthly, March issue : “Up Front: Susannah Israel”
1998 The Ceramics Design Book, Lark Books, Charlotte, North Carolina
1997 The Best of New Ceramic Art, The Guild, Massachusetts
Ceramics Monthly, October issue “21st Fletcher Challenge Award”, Giles Reid
1996 Lincoln Messenger, “Feats of Clay Sculptor”, May
1994 Ceramics Monthly, January issue “17th Fletcher Challenge Award”, Peter Lange
TEACHING & COMMUNITY ARTS
Adjunct Professor of Art, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California
Peralta Colleges, Oakland, California
Susannah Israel: Visiting Artist; Mendocino College, Healdsburg, CA
Visiting Artist Workshop, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
2007 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. “The Peaceable Kingdom” workshop
Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV. Visiting Artist Summer Workshop
Visiting Artist, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA
2006 Artist Talk, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
Exhibiting Artist Demonstration, CCACA, Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2005 Curator, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA. "The Shape of Things: a Gathering of Sculpture."
2004 Faculty Curator, Contra Costa College juried show, "The Animal Experience"
2002 "Susannah Israel & Marilyn Levine", Penryn Workshops, CA
Artist Lecture, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
2001 Studio One Arts Center, City of Oakland, CA, The Human Figure in Clay
San Mateo Cultural Arts, San Mateo, California
"Building Large Sculptures with Susannah Israel", Lincoln, California
2000 Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA “A Show of Hands”; winter session workshop,
in conjunction with the First Ernie Kim Annual Award.
1999 Guest Curator, Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA, "Close Readings"
1995 Curator, Doelger Art Center, Daly City, CA, "Resident Artists at Work"
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
American Poetry Center, San Francisco, California “Word”
Auckland Museum, Fletcher Challenge Premier Award Winners, Auckland, New Zealand
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
Clos du Bois, Napa, California
Leslie Ceramics, Berkeley, CA “Anima”
Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, California
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, American Ceramics Collection
Mission Clay Products, Pittsburg, Kansas, "Made in Kansas"
The visual parade of urban life is a potent source of inspiration for my art work. Crisp and vivid or fleeting and fugitive, a constant montage of images provides me with rich source materials while at work in the studio.
My approach to my materials, whether clay or paint, is a rash combination of practiced skill and reckless disregard for established conventions. I willingly sacrifice lifelike anatomy to questions of composition and gesture. I use both high and low-fire clays. I am also a confirmed alchemist, always testing new glaze formulas for the perfect surface.
My artistic practice is a fusion of planning, process, and discovery. I begin with a series of drawings to develop a concept; I make notes about clay color, texture and finishes; when working directly with the material, I am alert to its expressive possibilities. I want my work to convey a sense of this journey from perception to realization.