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Viewed as a spiral, my life has continued to circle back to my identity as a visual artist, each time returning with deeper insight.  The arts defined my family’s cultural identity; and drawing gave me satisfaction, solace, and an integrated sense of self as a child, adolescent, and young adult.  I majored in painting at the Boston Museum School and studio arts at Brandeis University.  In September of 2009, I received my MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

My various careers in the arts have contributed to the depth and maturity of my visual art today: a writer at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; an art therapist focusing on the creative abilities of abused children and adults with severe mental illness; the Associate Editor of the journal, Art Therapy; a full-time faculty member and Associate Professor in Lesley University’s Expressive Therapies Division; the Coordinator of Lesley’s Art Therapy Program; and a Senior PhD Advisor in their PhD Program.  Now a full-time artist living in CT, I have exhibited works on paper in over 40 exhibitions in the past four years. I also teach studio and art therapy courses at Springfield College, and facilitate workshops in various venues.

BRIEF VITA

Education

MFA 2009 – Mass. College of Art and Design, Drawing & Mixed Media, Boston & Provincetown, MA

EdD 1993 – Boston University, School of Education and Counseling, Boston, MA

MEd 1979 – Lesley University, Expressive Therapies, Cambridge, MA

BFA 1965 – Brandeis University, Studio Arts, Waltham, MA: Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Louis D. Brandeis Honorary Scholar

Awards

2012 – Second Prize, CT Women Artists’ Juried Exhibition, Gallore Gallery, Middleton, CT

2011 – Drawing Prize, Members’ Juried Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2010 – Juried Prize, CT + 5, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2010 – First Prize, Annual Juried Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, CT

2008 – Third Prize, Artist’ Reactions to War, Truro Center for the Arts, MA

2007 – Gallery Choice, Women’s Stories, Huron Valley Council for the Arts. Highland, MI

2006 – Second Prize, Artist Members’ Juried Exhibition, Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA

Solo Exhibitions

June, 2015 – Event at Herring Cove, Noah Webster Library, West Hartford, CT

2012 – Natural Dynamism: Works on Paper by Susan Spaniol, Downtown Gallery, New Britain, CT

2005 – Dual Exposure/Domestic Art, Marran Gallery, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 & 2013 Springfield College Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, Blizzard Gallery, Springfield, MA,

2014 – Surface and Depth, The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2014 – Wonder, The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2012 – 2014 – Art Walk Exhibitions, West Hartford Art League

2011-2014 – Members’ Juried Exhibitions, West Hartford Art League

2011- 2014 – CT+6 Exhibitions, West Hartford Art League

2013 – Surface and Depth, The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, CT

2013 – Elected Artists Exhibit, West Hartford Art league, West Hartford, CT,

2013 – Unitarian Society of Hartford Gallery, Hartford, CT

2013 – Connecticut Women Artists Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich

2012 – ArtAround the West End, Unitarian Society of Hartford, Hartford, CT

2012 – Women’s Caucus for Art 40th Anniversary Exhibit, Los Angeles, CT

2012 – New Haven Paint and Clay Club 111th Juried Exhibition, (Two works), John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT

2012 – Vernon Community Arts Center Grand Opening & Juried Exhibition, (Two works) Vernon, CT

2012 – Connecticut Women Artists Members’ Exhibition, Gallore Gallery, Second Prize, Middleton, CT

2012 – Drezner Gallery, Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT

2012 – New Haven Paint & Clay Annual Juried, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT

2012 – SYNTAX* – Anything But Ordinary, University of CT, Storrs, CT

2012 – Members’ Juried Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2012 – New Britain Museum of American Art 42nd Members’ Juried Exhibition, CT

2012 – SHE: Mothers and Daughters, Women’s Caucus for Arts, Greenwich, CT

2012 – Nature Nurtures, ArtSpace, Hartford, CT

2012 – Black & White & Shades of Gray, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT

2012 – All Women Art Exhibition.  Light & Space Online Gallery, Jupiter, FL

2012 – Connecticut Women Artists’ 82nd Annual, University of CT, Storrs, CT

2011 – SYNTAX* – Independent Voices: Shared Visions, River Street Gallery, New Haven

2011 – CT+6, All New England Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2011  SYNTAX* –  Independent Voices/Shared Visions, River St. Gallery, New Haven, CT

2011 – Members’ Juried Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2010 – Art Walk, West Hartford Center, West Hartford Art League

2010 – Faculty Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2010 – Nine Lives, Doran Graduate Gallery, Mass. College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2010 – CT + 5: All New England Exhibition, West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT

2010 – SYNTAX* –  Shared Visions/Different Voices, Noah Webster Library, W. Hartford

2010 – Members’ Juried  Show, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

2010 – Lasting Impressions, Salem Fine Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC

2005-09 – Members’ Juried, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA

2005, 07 – Spring Arts Festival Competitions, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown

2008 – Artists’ Reactions to War, Castle Hill, Truro Center for the Arts, Truro, MA

2007 – Passages and Process: The Unique Print, Printmakers of Cape Cod, Barnstable

2006 – From Our Perspective, Womancenter, Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI

2005 – L’Or V’Dor: From Generation to Generation, Jewish Women Artists’ Network and Hebrew College National Juried Exhibition, Hebrew College, Newton, MA

2005 – Overtures: Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2004 – Art by Healers, School of Art and Design, Endicott College, Beverly, MA

2004 – Linking the Arts & Healthcare: Fresh Ideas/New Voices, Regional Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

SYNTAX* – Group of nine CT mixed media artists

MFA Thesis Exhibitions

2009 – Alden Gallery and Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA

Teaching Experience

2010 – present – Springfield College, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts, Springfield, MA

2010 – present – West Hartford Art League, Instructor, West Hartford, CT

1994 – 2005 – Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, Graduate School of Arts and Social Social Sciences – Associate Professor, Art Therapy Program Coordinator; Research and Thesis Coordinator, Senior PhD Adviser & Fellow for the Center of Research; Adjunct Professor, Counseling Psychology & Creative Arts in Learning Programs.