I am a painter and printmaker, using color and line to create depth, light, and atmosphere in my work, with the intent to make images evocative and moving enough to stop the viewer and make them curious. Each winter I make my living in a most inspiring way − drawing ancient monuments and artifacts for a University of Chicago archaeological project in Luxor, Egypt. The rest of the year I work in my Vermont studio, finding stimulus in both the natural and ancient worlds, translating these sources into my art.
A major turning point in my career came with a Pollock-Krasner Foundationn award. This grant allowed me to live and work in New York City and the culminating body of work became an exhibition that traveled to galleries and cultural centers of major cities in Germany from 1993 to 2005. Preceding awards came from the Vermont Council on the Arts with a grant to help fund the traveling exhibition Mowing the Mountain/Tree Preserve; an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant; Change, Inc./the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Money for Women/the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund; and funding that helped support my education at the Rhode Island School of Design: Women's Advertising Agency of Rhode Island, Cogswell Benevolent Trust Fund, and U.S. Government Pell Grants.
I was guest lecturer for Mapping the Unknown, a solo exhibition at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts; for The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Marlboro College; the American University in Cairo; the Art Institute of Chicago School’s Egypt Study Trip; the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Burlington, Vermont; and the Wellesley College Art Department.
I was awarded residencies at Yaddo Artists Colony; Welcome Hill Studios; Zea Mays Printmaking; Vermont Studio Center; and Artists for Environment in the Delaware Water Gap National Park, New Jersey.
I graduated with honors in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978, where I was awarded four years of scholarships and taught as an assistant drawing instructor in the Freshman Foundation and Summer Session Programs. I was an art instructor for the Community College of Vermont, from 1979 to 1985, teaching oil and watercolor painting, drawing, and art history.
My artwork is in international collections and is featured in: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts; the 2017 ekphrastic book of art and poetry: A Ghost of Water Poems by GennaRose Nethercott Inspired by the Art of Susan Osgood; the catalogue for the exhibition: Explorations - Egypt in the Art of Susan Osgood, that opened at venues in Germany and Portugal from 2012-2017; in Art New England magazine and Nile Magazine; in Yale University's online journal LETTERS Literature/Visual Arts and the Spirit with an artist interview; in the poetry publication The Legacy of Akhenaten and his Breathing in the Land of Moses, by Peter Grabowski of Hemmingen, Germany, published; in Construction Lit the online magazine out of Brooklyn; in art: Das Kunstmagazin, Hamburg, Germany, and KMT magazine; in the catalogue for the exhibition Archaeology and Art of Susan Osgood, a retrospective show of my archaeological drawing and fine art that opened in Bonn and Hannover and included ancient antiquities from the museum collections; in Harpers Magazine; on Canadian TV’s One: Body Mind & Spirit, and on Radio Cairo; in the catalogue: Art Collection of the City of Gerlingen, Germany; and on the covers of a number of poetry/prose reviews.
Each winter I make my living in a most inspiring way − drawing ancient monuments and artifacts for a University of Chicago archaeological project in Luxor, Egypt. The rest of the year I work in my Vermont studio, finding stimulus in both the natural and ancient worlds, translating these sources into my art.