Susan Anne Russell

Susan Anne Russell

Chicago, IL, United States

About Susan Anne Russell

Susan Anne Russell
"I am an artist. I live, breathe and feel art everyday. Art is my inner world of dreams, fantasies and exploration." Art is everywhere. Being an artist is learning how to see, perceive, enlighten, and evoke. My textbook" Exposing Yourself to the Performing Arts" has been published by BVT. The paintings : Beatrice and Aphrodite are printed in the book. The book is in many international libraries, including: Oxford University Bodleian Library, Harvard University Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Yale University Sterling Memorial Library, Columbia University Music and Arts Library Dodge Hall, Cornell University- Sidney Cox Library, Rutgers Douglass Library, The RADA- Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, University of Chicago Regenstein Library, Oberlin College Library, The Spertus Museum Library, Jewish Theological Seminary Library, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni Venice, Italy, UCLA Music library, University of Tel Aviv -Buchamann Mehta Music Library, Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Fondazione Maxxi Museum, Rome, Italy, The Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Musee d'orsay, Paris, France, The MCA Sydney, Australia, The Jewish Museum in Prague, Lake Forest Library, Eastman School of Music Library, St. Mark's Bookstore, NYC Orwig Music Library at Brown University, New York University Library, and the Art Institute's Ryerson Burnham Library.
Having traveled to Rome and Paris I returned with a unique aesthetic, balancing the inner spirit and the material world. Reworking the ideology of mythological imagery, busts, religious figures, icons, abstracts, nudes, the celestial, and the power of landscape, I seek to uncover a common denominator in our civilization. The techniques employed include subtractive effects, layering, washes, varnishes, and glazes, bringing forth dreamlike visions. I paint many different genres. From landscapes, to abstracts, nudes, portraits, still life, to full scale commissioned murals. My paintings attempt to explore voyages through epiphany and fantasy.
The sepia toned oil paintings incorporate the pigment burnt umber. The decision to work on a monochromatic series has been very liberating. An image reveals itself without the luxury of a full palette. The pigment burnt umber recalls the hue attained from the ruins of Pompeii to Renaissance drawings.
My work stems predominantly from dreams that are orchestrated and filtered through the vehicle of pigment, achieving perspectives with light and atmosphere. I consider art an evolving process and feel my art comes from an exterior muse that enters and inspires. I have been an art professor since 2005. A few of the recent Highlights of my art career are selling paintings to a collector in Milan, Italy, Honored as the Judge at The Annual Festival of The Arts. Solo Show at The North Shore Art League presented at The Winnetka Community House, Solo Show at The Woodstock Opera House, Solo Show at Adler Mansion, and Solo Show Show at Pilsen Art District Oxala Gallery; Exhibiting in at the Marin MOCA Museum in California.


Columbia College Chicago, IL MA 1999
School of the Art Institute Chicago, IL BFA 1996
Bennington College Bennington, Vermont
New York University New York NY

2005- 2021 present- College of Lake County Adjunct Faculty Instructor of Art - and Humanities
2017- Studio Art The Highland Park Art Center
2017-Studio Art- David Adler Music and Art Center
2017-Classic Violins
2008 Film class Instructor- Facets Multimedia Film School
2009- 2013 McHenry County College-Adjunct faculty
Areas of Concentration: Fine Artist, Performance Artist, Television and Film Actress, Interviewer, Professor, Author
Reviewed in Chicago Reader, Illinois Entertainer, UR Chicago, Scene Chicago, Everything Girl, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald,


School of the Art Institute BFA
Columbia MA
Susan Anne Russell
Highlights in Susan Anne Russell’s artistic career include: In January 2020, Susan Anne Russell’s paintings were exhibited at The Elmhurst Art Museum featuring the painting Sunset Over Clouds which later sold to a collector in California. In March 2020, Sacred Falls was featured on the poster for The Art and Soul Show in The Gallerie in Lake Forest. In 2019 Susan Anne Russell had a Solo Show: Ethereal Dreams at The North Shore Arts League. The 2018 Susan was granted a Solo Show at the Woodstock Opera House: Reaching for The Sublime. In 2018 she exhibited at The Marin MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, California in an Altered Book show. In 2018 Susan's painting Spirit Messenger was the featured artist selected for the Artists on the Bluff Spirit Poster. In 2017 Susan was selected as Judge of the Annual Festival of The Arts at Cook Mansion. In 2012 Dreamscapes was the title of her Solo Show at the Adler Mansion. In 2016: Deer Path Gallery in Lake Forest- Deck the Walls show. Susan's work appeared at the Miami Spectrum 2015 show concurrent with the International Miami Art Basel show. Contemporary Art Projects in Miami was selected to host the Nepal Mural project. Susan was selected for the NY Biennale Art Show 2009, receiving international recognition and accepted in New York’s Agora Gallery located in the Chelsea District. From 2009-2011 she exhibited at Gallerie MK in the River North District and in 2008 at Robert Wayner’s Black Walnut Gallery located in the Fulton Market Gallery District. Aphrodite was selected and printed in the Chicago Reader’s Art section accompanying the Oxala Solo show. She is an author of a textbook on The Performing Arts which is found on the shelves of Oxford, Harvard and Yale. With a number of Solo Shows throughout her career, from Chicago to the North Shore, her work has sold to collectors Internationally and nationally throughout Chicago, California, Florida, and Italy.

“My work stems predominantly from dreams that are orchestrated and filtered through the vehicle of pigment, achieving perspectives with light and atmosphere. I consider art an evolving process and feel my art comes from an exterior muse that enters and inspires."


Palette and Chisel Academy- 2020 Virtual Fall show
Faculty Show 2020 Wright Gallery
Solo Show-North Shore Art League-2019
March 12.2020"Art and Soul" Exhibit-Lake Forest- "Sacred Falls" selected for Poster
September 2020-"Art Stroll" Lake Forest
October 2020 College Faculty Art Show
Elmhurst Art Museum- Beyond The Surface
Reception 2020
Highland Park Art Center- Ritual and Spirituality Show
Palette and Chisel Academy Works on Paper Show 2019
Rochester Contemporary Art Center- NY 2019
Rochester Contemporary Art Center International Small Art Phenomenon-2019- Painting-Pop Art SOLD
Solo Show Woodstock Opera House-2018
Adler Mansion Group show-2020-19
Spirit Show- Featured on Poster- Artists on the Bluff 2018
Marin MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art- California
Speakeasy Auction Adler-2018
Libertyville Festival of the Arts-Judge 2017
Artists on the Bluff- Holiday Show 2017
Mixed Palettes-Adler Mansion 2017-Featuring 3 artists
Miami Spectrum 2015- Help Hope Nepal
Adler Mansion Shakespeare Show 2016
Author Reading- Exposing Yourself to the Performing Arts -BVT Publlishiing April 15, 2016 Esper A. Peterson Reading Room


2021-2019 North Shore Art League-Water show
Landscape/City Show
2021: Art POP Lake Forest
2020-Elmhurst Art Museum
2020-Art and Soul- Poster of "Sacred Falls"
2020-17 Artists on The Bluff-Lake Forest
2020-12 Adler Mansion
2020-19 Ice House Gallery- Evanston
2020 Palette and Chisel Academy
2020-Highland Park Art Center
2017-19 Artists on the Bluff Gallery-Lake Forest
2019 North Shore Art League
2019-Rochester Contemporary Art Center-NYPainting-
2019-10 Morpho Gallery EMA Show
2019-17-Frame Forum-Lake Forest- Solo Display
2018-Marin MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art
2018-Woodstock Opera House Solo Show
2017- Adler Mansion Group Shows
2016-Shakespeare Show-Adler Mansion
2015-Contemporary Art Projects-Miami
2014-15 Deer Path Gallery Lake Forest
2014-12 Reinvent Gallery Lake Forest
2013-14 Saatchi Gallery London, England
2013 Desdimi Gallery Chicago
2013 She Art Gallery Chicago
2012-17 Robert T. Wright Gallery, Faculty Show
2013 Adler Mansion Solo show, Libertyville
2013 The Art Store and Gallery, Lake Forest
2012-17 The Frame Forum, Lake Forest,
2012 Richard Mark Fine Art Gallery, Lake Forest
2012-Oxala Gallery Chicago
2009-2011 Gallerie MK, SUHU GalleryDistrict, Chicago
2011-MCC Faculty Show
2009 Rowland Gallery
2009 The Attic Gallery, Crown Point, IND
2009 Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Gallery
2009 Pandora's Box Gallery, Wilmette
2008 Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, New York
2008 Robert Wayner Black Walnut Gallery, Fulton Market Gallery District- Chicago
2008 Omar Valencia Gallery, Pilsen Gallery District, Chicago
2008 Karen Solem Gallery, Elmhurst
2008 Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago,
2006-2008 High Risk Gallery, Chicago,
2005 Gallery Munoz, Long Grove
2005 Home SH Gallery,
2004 Cassandra Gallery, Long Grove
2004 Amers Gallery, Long Grove, IL,
2004 Pegasus Gallery, Vernon Hills, IL
2002-2006 Fine Arts Foundation
2002 Moonstone Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI
2002 Matisse Gallery ,Lake Geneva, WI
2001 Lake County Art League Gallery
Millenium Art Gallery, Libertyville
The Art Store and Gallery, Lake Forest
One Hundred Gallery Annex, Chicago
Art Werk Gallery, Chicago
Waller Boldenweck Gallery,Chicago
2019-Rochester Contemporary Art Center International Small Art Phenomenon
2012-1Adler Mansion Group shows-
2016-Morpho Gallery
2015-Miami Spectrum-Help Hope Nepal
2014-2015 Deer Path Gallery, Lake Forest
2014-2015 College Faculty show, Wright Gallery
2014 Reinvent Gallery, Lake Forest
2012 Catzilla -Prop Theatre Chicago
2020-03 Robert T. Wright Gallery
2013 College of Lake County Faculty show
2012 Highland Park Art Center - Members show
2009-2011 Gallerie MK-Chicago South Huron District
2011-MCC Faculty Show
2010 Chicago Art Open- River East Galleries
2009 Robert T. Wright Gallery,Faculty show Grayslake, IL
2009 Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Gallery
2009 New York Biennale Art Show, NYC New York
2009 Highland Park Art Walk, Highland Park,IL
2008 Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, New York
2008 Black Walnut Gallery, Chicago
2008 Karen Solem Gallery, Elmhurst
2008 Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago
2008 SIU School of Medicine , Carbondale
2008 Chicago Guest House, Chicago,
2006-2008 High Risk Gallery, Chicago
2004-2006 Fine Art Foundation Studio Tour
2003-2008 Robert T. Wright Gallery
2001-2003 Chicago Art Open, Chicago
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
2019 North Shore Art League
2018-Woodstock Opera House
2011- Adler Mansion Solo show, Libertyville
2013-18 Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest
2012-Catzilla Prop Theatre, Chicago
2009 Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Gallery- White Room
2009 Pandora's Box Gallery, Wilmette
2008 Omar Valencia Gallery, Pilsen District- Chicago
2007 Lake Villa Township
2006 Antioch Fine Arts Foundation
2002-2005 North Point Marina
2001 Lake County Court House
2000 Lake County Jury Assembly Room
2000 Lake County Circuit Court
2000 City Hall, Lake County
Member of Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
North Shore Art League, Artists on the Bluff, Art Makers