Susan Silvester

Susan J. Silvester is an interdisciplinary artist who is originally from the New York City area, before presently making her home in Sacramento, Ca. Her prior work experiences of working on TV shows and sculpting prototype toys has influenced her current artwork. Her art practice includes working with digital media, painting, drawing, sculpture, encaustics, and altered photography.

While living in New York City, Susan fabricated art pieces for Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselman, Marisol, and Lynda Benglis. During this time, she also worked on many TV commercials and several shows. Examples were The P illsbury dough boy, Twizzlers candy, Teddy Graham cookies, P ee Wee’s Pl ayhouse, Santa and the Snowmen (a computed animated TV and IMAX movie), and the retired Back to th e Future ride at Universal Studio. In addition, she sculpted prototype toys for Burger King and for Texas Instrument’s educational division creating Disney and Warner Brother characters based electronic toys. Susan also worked as a digital artist, originally as an animator on the PC game R ise of the Triad, and later as a designer of websites, such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame an d vvmf.org, a site dedicated to vietnam veterans.

All this work experience adds to an active imagination which can be seen in the unique vision for her artwork.


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SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018 Vanishing Acts, Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA, November
2017 Chasing Rabbits and Other Beast, Sparrow Gallery, November
2017 Looking Forward, Looking Back, Uptown Studios, Sacramento, CA, March - April
2017 Storytime, The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA, May - July
2014 Bunnies, Bees and Me, James Kaneko Gallery, Sacramento, CA, January
2013 2110 K Street Gallery, Susan J Silvester, Sacramento, CA, July

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
In the Fields: Botanical Lore, Jennifer Perlmutter, juror, Arts Benicia, November
All Things Wicked, Pence Gallery invitational, October
CSP 105th Annual Exhibition, Piedmont Art Center, Piedmont, October
Open Studios, Verge Center for the Arts, September
Mixed Media Show, Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA, July
Things You Shouldn’t put in your Mouth, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA April
The Crow Show, Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA, March

2017
Pink Week, 1616 Artspace, November
104th Annual Membership Exhibit, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA, October
Open Studios, Verge Center for the Arts, September
Bluets, juried by Jack Fischer, Gear Box, Oakland, August
Tiny Monsters, Fe Gallery, August
Fauna Anomaly, Fe Gallery, April
Art Benefit for the Short Center North, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA, January
Beneath the Surface, Davis Art Center, Davis, CA, January

2016
Holiday Show, E Street Show, Sacramento, CA, December
Interconnected, Arthouse, Sacramento, CA, July
Big Names Small Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, May
Silent Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, June
Fauna Anomaly, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA, April - May
A Peek Behind the Scenes, Dada Art Gallery Boutique, Sacramento, CA, February
Achy Breaky Heart Show, E Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA, February

2015
Prints, 1616 Art Space, Sacramento, CA, August
Mixed Media and Small Treasures, 2110 Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Nov - Dec
Imagine the Fantastic, JH Horton Jr Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton
20 Years Inside Publications Covers, 33 Bistro Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Sept
Sac Open Studios Exhibition, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, July - Sept
IArt, Roseville, Blueline Gallery, Roseville, CA, August
Member’s Show, Blueline Gallery, Roseville, CA, July - August
Slice: Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, July - August
Fauna Anomaly, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA, April - May
Get your Heart On, E Street Gallery, Sacramento, CA, February
Decontextualize, juried show Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA, February

2014
Sugar Rush, En Em Art Space, juried show,Sacramento, CA, December
The Holiday Show, E Street Gallery, invitational show, Sacramento, CA, December
Mixed Media, E Street Gallery, invitational show, Sacramento, CA, November
Synesthesia, Nelson Gallery, juried show, Davis, CA, November
Slice, Pence Gallery, juried show, Davis, CA, July - August
First Look, Axis Gallery, member’s show, Sacramento, CA, June
Cosmic Heart, E Street Gallery, invitational show, Sacramento, CA, February
Buddy System, Milk Gallery at E Street Gallery, invitational show, Sacramento, CA

2013
Gems II, Benicia Art Gallery, juried show, Benicia, CA, November
The CCAS Benefit Art Auction, Elliott Fouts, Sacramento, CA, November
Pink Week Show,CCAS, Sacramento, November
Atelier 20, The Crow Show, October
Sierra 2 Community Center Art Show, May
Heart Show, E Street Gallery,, Sacramento, April

2012
The CCAS Benefit Art Auction, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA, November
The End, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA, July
San Francisco Art Market, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, May
Faux Show, Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA, May
Mail Art Show, Milk Gallery, Sacramento, CA, April

2011
Art Benefit Auction, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA, November
KVIE Art Auction, on air Art Action for KVIE, Sacramento, CA, September
Temporary Gallery, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, September
San Francisco Art Market, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, May

PUBLIC ART

2018
Finalist for Character on K Street Project, Sacramento
Paper Works, SMUD Gallery, invitational July - Sept
Turning Heads, SMUD Gallery invitational, January - March
Art Auction, Verge Center for the Arts, November
Silent Art Auction, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, June
Two Utility Box Wraps, Alkali Flats, Sacramento, CA
Water Pump Wrap Project, Sacramento, CA
Utility Box Wrap, Railroad Art District, Napa, CA

2017
Sacramento Knows - Augmented Reality, Art Street Project, Sacramento, CA, Feb

2016
Big Names, Small Art, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2014
Masked, SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Sept - November

2013
Power Inn Alliance Dumpster Project, Sacramento, CA, June - August

2012
Free Press, SMUD Gallery, juried print show, Sacramento, CA, March - May
Drawing the Line,SMUD Gallery, juried show, Sacramento, CA, May - July

PUBLICATIONS, RESIDENCIES, & AWARDS

2009-2016
Beyond Childhood Artist Spotlight, Inside Publications, Sept, by Debra Belt, 2015
Art Pics for August, Sacramento News and Review
Art Previews, Inside Publication, August
Cover Art for Inside Publication, April
Voted Best Visual Artist in Sacramento News and Review’s Best of 2014
Cover Art for Inside Publication, April
Artist in Residence, The Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Ca, 2012
Award of Excellence, California State Fair Fine Arts Award, 2010
Increase Robinson Memorial Fellowship Award, 2009

EDUCATION

M.A. in Painting, CSUS, Sacramento, CA, 2010,
B.F.A. in Studio Arts, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY
B.A. in Art History, SUNY at Buffalo, NY