The Sketchbook Habit  •  Textile Center  •  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19, 2018, 9 am-4 pm


Susan Moss has an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Nebraska and teaches in the Department of Art & Design at Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO.  She has drawn since a child, on paper tablecloths, blackboards, white boards, notebook paper (in the margins, around the edges), paper bags and sumptuous, archival surfaces. Much of her work has focused on large-scale drawings that explore domesticity, memory, and the ordinary as recurring themes.  A few years ago she took up the study of historic and contemporary textiles and began using stitch, especially hand embroidery, as a way of drawing.


In her stitched drawings, often personal narratives, she is interested in integrating the spontaneity of drawing with the stitched mark, creating play between the restraint that embroidery often requires and the looser approach that drawing invites.  Her current work entails little planning, relying instead on improvisation and responsiveness as the work progresses.


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 Susan Moss



2018 Material Improvisation/Restraint II (solo)

WCA/CO 2017 Fiber Arts VIII


SDA Small Works A Common Thread WCA/CO

Red, TSGNY Art-o-Mat

2016 Transgressing Traditions: Contemporary Textiles from the

Surface Design Association Fiber Innovations II

Sediments, Sequences & Solitude (traveling)

A Common Thread

Sketchbook Project Tour: Brooklyn Art Library


Faculty & Staff Biennial

2015 Evolution: Women’s Caucus for Art/ CO


The Art of Fiber

D’Art Center, Norfolk, VA

Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

Red Rocks Community College Gallery, Lakewood, CO Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR

Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

Noho-M55 Gallery, New York, NY

Varied venues including Santa Fe, NM; Cedar Rapids, IA; Smithsonian, Washington, DC; Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Scwheinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

Parker Arts, Culture, & Events Center, Parker, CO

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR; Atelier 6000, Bend, OR; World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Chicago, IL; Cedar Rapids, IA; Boulder, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Fort Smith, AR; New York, NY (Whitney Museum of American Art)

Varied venues including Washington, DC; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Los Angeles, CA; Reno, NV; St Petersburg FL; New Orleans, LA

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO Bemis Library, Littleton, CO

Varied venues including Winston-Salem, NC; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Ballard, WA; Santa Fe, NM; Amarillo, TX

Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO


    2014 - 15



2012 2011






A Common Thread Faculty & Staff Biennial

New Directions: Textile Society of America Symposium

Focus Fiber: Textile Art Alliance

3rd Biennial Fiber Options (juror’s award)

Improvisation/Restraint (solo)

A Common Thread

Threads: Contemporary Fiber Art Down to Sleep

The Raw & the Cooked

Merge & Flow: Surface Design Association

Sketchbook Project Tour: Art House Co-op

From the Tongue

Susan Moss (solo)

Inside the Box

National Works on Paper Small Treasures

Take Four

Strength in Numbers

Summer Group

23rd Harper College National Exhibition

Great Plains National Juried Exhibition

Works on Paper XII Artstravaganza

Small Treasures

17th National Juried Exhibit

Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Museum of Craft & Folk Art, Los Angeles, CA

Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Durango Art Center Library, Durango, CO Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Brooklyn, NY; Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL

Lotus Gallery Space (Tribeca), New York, NY

University Gallery, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

Haydon Gallery/Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE

Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts & James Monroe Center of Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA

Haydon Gallery/Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE Palatine, IL

Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN Haydon Gallery/Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA


  Cooperstown Art Association’s 2000 National

1999 Small Treasures

1998 20th Annual Jurored Art Exhibition

Texas Fine Arts Association Art on Tour

1997 Small Treasures

Texas Fine Arts Association Art on Tour

1996 Pulp Fictions: Works on Paper Maximum Drawings


Summa Composite Art Exhibition (purchase award)

1995 10th Annual Combined Talents Florida National

Susan Moss: Drawings (solo)

16th Annual Jurored Art Exhibition

Robert A. Peck Arts Center Exhibition 1995

1994 Susan Moss at Reed Whipple Cultural Center (solo)

Ancient Vessels (solo) Susan Moss Drawings (solo)

10th Annual National Juried Exhibition

Form & Texture Drawn West Positive/Negative #10

1993 ANA 22

Pattern: New Form/New Function

Cooperstown, NY

Haydon Gallery/Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

Del Rio Council for the Arts, Del Rio, TX; Wichita Falls Museum & Art Center, Wichita Falls, TX; Loredo Community College, Laredo, TX

Haydon Gallery/Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE

J. Wayne Stark Gallery, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

College of Santa Fe/Santa Fe Council for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City, FL Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY

City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Haydon Gallery/Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE

Emmanuel Gallery, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, & University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley Art Center Association, Berkeley, CA

Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA

Utah State University, Logan, UT

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN


  Larson Biennial Drawing Competition (purchase award)

Drawn to the Extreme 14th Paper in Particular Women’s Art Works Works on Paper (solo)

1992 National Juried Show ’92 (drawing award)

National Annual Juried Competition Drawing 1992

8th Annual National Juried Exhibition

Hand-Pulled Prints: A National Juried Printmaking Exhibition

Creating Ourselves: A Regional Women’s Art Exhibition

50th Annual Juried Competition (purchase award)

1991 Greater Midwest International VI

Fourth National Drawing/Print Competitive Exhibition

Fourteenth Annual North Dakota National Juried Exhibition

Hilo National Drawing Exhibition (purchase award)

Fifth Clemson National Print & Drawing Exhibition

12th Annual Jurored Art Exhibition (award of distinction)

Images of Nebraska

Images 1991

1990 49th Annual Juried Competition

9th Annual National Graduate Drawing Exhibition

Works on Paper

Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Galeria Mesa, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ Columbia College, Columbia, MO

Greater Rochester Women’s Fund, Rochester, NY Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV

Arts Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ

Lafayette Art Association, Lafayette, LA Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley Art Center Association, Berkeley, CA

Blue Star Art Complex, San Antonio, TX

Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD

Minot Art Gallery, Minot, ND University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI Clemson University, Clemson, SC Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

Art Space, Metropolitan Arts Council, Omaha, NE Highland Community College, Highland, KS

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA

Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI

                      Syracuse University Gallery, Syracuse, NY



 Jeff & Susan Gwilliam Appalachian State University Austin Peay State University

Sioux City Art Center

State of Hawaii Art in Public Places First Data Resources

Baltimore, MD Boone, NC Clarksville, TN Sioux City, IA

Omaha, NE

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE University of Missouri, Columbia, MO University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Good Hart, MI Saratoga, WY

Ucross, WY Summer Lake, OR Oysterville, WA Lake Forest, IL

Surface Design Journal Winter

Embroidery: The textile art magazine Mar/ Apr


 1991 MFA Painting & Drawing 1983 MS Psychology

1979 BA English


1991-present Professor of Art & Design


2018 Good Hart Artist Residency

2017 Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts

2016 Ucross (invited) 2015 Playa

2014 Willapa Bay

1992 Ragdale Foundation


2016 “Crafting Creativity” “Claire Benn”


  2014 “Janet Echelman”

“International Quilt Study Center”

“From Viking to Vesterheim” 2013 “Marks in Time & Place”

Embroidery: The textile art magazine Nov/ Dec

Embroidery: The textile art magazine Jul/ Aug

Embroidery: The textile art magazine May/ Jun

Embroidery: The textile art magazine Nov/ Dec

A national center for fiber art


 Surface Design Association Textile Center, Minneapolis Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) WCA - Colorado

Textile Study Group of New York Textile Society of America

Front Range Contemporary Quilters


© Susan M Moss 2018