I am a painter, who also makes monotype prints and draws. I have been painting since 1971. I use color and line to create depth, light and atmosphere in my work. My intent is to create images evocative enough to stop the viewer - to make them wonder and to move them to unknown places.
My traveling solo exhibition: Explorations: Egypt in the Art of Susan Osgood, will open at the University of Leipzig Museum in Germany in 2017. A Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993 allowed me to work in NYC. The culminating body of paintings and drawings became an exhibition traveling to six major cities in Germany, where I continue to exhibit. Preceding artist grants were from the Vermont Council on the Arts in 1992; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in 1991; Change, Inc./the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 1990; Money for Women/the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund in 1989; the Women's Advertising Agency of Rhode Island and the Cogswell Benevolent Trust Fund in 1975.
I was guest lecturer for The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center in 2015, Marlboro College in 2007; the American University in Cairo in 2005 and 2001; the Art Institute of Chicago School’s Egypt Study Trip and the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Burlington, Vermont in 1996; and Wellesley College in 1993 and 1989.
I was awarded residencies at Yaddo Artists Colony in 1991; the Vermont Studio Center in 2009, 1988 and 1985, where I studied with Judy Pfaff, Jim Gahagan, Pat DeGorgoza and Wolf Kahn; and at Artists for Environment, Delaware Water Gap National Park, New Jersey in 1976.
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 in 1977 and 1978. 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 has been featured in: DAS ERBE DES ECHNATON und sein Atmen im Mose-Land, a poetry publication by Peter Grabowski, Hemmingen, Germany in 2012; Construction Lit the online magazine out of Brooklyn in 2011; art: Das Kunstmagazin, Hamburg, Germany and KMT magazine in 2010; Harpers Magazine in 2007; on Canadian TV’s One: Body Mind & Spirit and on Radio Cairo in 2003; in the 2000 catalogue: Kunstsammlung der Stadt Gerlingen/Art Collection of the City of Gerlingen; on Maine Public Radio in 1989; and on the covers of eleven 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 other part of the year I work in my Vermont studio, finding stimulus in both the natural and ancient worlds, translating these sources into my art.