Susan Chorpenning             


Curriculum Vitae


MFA, Art, University of California, Berkeley 1979

MA, Art, University of California, Berkeley 1978

AB, Art, University of California, Berkeley 1973

Solo Shows, Siteworks and Projects

“100 Gifts”, sculpture project, mailed to various locations, tracked on website, 2012-2017

“Fiat Lux IV”, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach CA (sitework), December, 2009 - March, 2010

"Granite Lookout", permanent public work, Firehouse 4, 450 Temple, Los Angeles CA, October, 2009

"Fiat Lux III", Phantom Galleries, City of Long Beach, CA (solo), January - March, 2008

"Fiat Lux II", Phantom Galleries, Pasadena CA (sitework), December, 2006-January, 2007

Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles CA  (solo), May 8 - 29, 2004

Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France  (solo), January 9-February 7, 2004

"Fiat Lux", Jim Kempner Fine Arts, NYC  (solo), December 18, 2003 - January, 2004

Two Siteworks, Chinati Foundation, Marfa TX (solo), June, 2001

"Drawings", The Locker Plant, Marfa TX (solo), June, 2001

Installation, Masonic Building (concurrent w/Flavin Symposium at Chinati), Marfa TX (solo), May, 2001

Gail Gates, NYC (sitework), September-October, 2000

Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France (solo), September, 1999

Florence Lynch Gallery, NYC (solo), June, 1999

Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Germany (sitework), May-July, 1999

Städtische Galerie Würzburg, Germany (sitework), February,1999 - 2001

Brian Gross Fine Arts, San Francisco CA (solo), July-August, 1998

2 Siteworks, ART/OMI, Omi NY, July, 1997

Sitework, 476 Broadway, NYC, June, 1995

Nancy Driscoll Gallery, Sea Cliff NY  (solo), September, 1992

Sitework, Fulton Ferry Landing State Park, NYC, April - May, 1990

Performance, Dixon Place, NYC, April 26, 1990

Performance, The Knitting Factory, NYC, March 12, 1990

Sitework, 55 Central Park West, NYC (commission), March, 1988

Performance, BACA Downtown, NYC, April, 1987

Windows on White, NYC (solo), December, 1984 - January, 1985

Installation, Proarts Gallery, Oakland CA (solo), July, 1982

Sitework on location at 230 Seventh Avenue, NYC, June, 1981

2-4 Person Shows

Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France, May-July, 2005

Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France, February-March, 2001

P.S. 122, New York NY (with Elena Berriolo), November, 2000

Bellevue-Saal, Wiesbaden, Germany (with Thorsten Goldberg), September, 1998

Dedicated Space, NYC, February, 1994

Financial Guaranty Ins. Co. Corporate Headquarters, NYC, May - October, 1993

Boathouse, Prospect Park, NYC, August -September, 1990

Performance, Claremont College, Los Angeles CA, November, 1986

Performance, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia PA, March, 1986

Installation, The Women's Interart Center, NYC, April, 1984

ASUC Studio Gallery, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA, July, 1979

Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach CA, September, 1977

Selected Group Exhibitions

"Sketchbook Project 2015", Brooklyn NYMarch, 2015

“2012 World Tour”, Space Gallery-Portland ME, Painted Bride-Philadelphia PA, Gladstone-Toronto2012

(Mass Collective-Atlanta GA, Co-Lab-Austin TX, Canada Water Library-London, NGV Studio-Melbourne)

“After Darkness, I Hope for Light”, Godine Gallery, MA College of Art & Design, Boston MAJan-Feb, 2012

"Turtle Show", Galerie Arnaud LeFebvre, Paris, October, 2011

"Expo Retrospective", Galerie Arnaud LeFebvre, Galerie Ivana de Gavardie, Paris, Sept-Oct, 2011

"The Value of Water", St. John the Divine, New York NY (electronic show), September, 2011

"The Canvas Project", Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn NY, December, 2010

"The Sketchbook Tour", Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago IL, May-June, 2009

"The Sketchbook Tour", Museum of Design, Atlanta  GA, April, 2009

"The Sketchbook Tour", MOCA, Washington DC (9 venues in all), March, 2009

"A Language More Powerful Than Words", 2nd City Art Gallery, LA, April 16 - May 26, 2005

Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, Paris, France, January-March, 2003

8 Invited Artists:  Proposals for Public Work, Bergkamen, Germany, October-November, 2002

"Faculty Exhibition", Fullerton College, LA, September, 2002

"The Magic of Light", Hudson River Museum (catalogue), February-May, 2002

"Out of Site", Pasadena City College Art Gallery, November, 2001

"Minimal 2000", Jim Kempner Fine Arts, NYC, March, 2001

"Light as Object", Gail Gates, NYC, Sept-October, 2000

"Blurring the Line", RareArt, NYC, April, 2000

"Generations: A Survey of Women Artists at the Millenium", AIR Gallery, NYC, February, 2000

"FarbLicht", Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Germany, May-July, 1999

"FarbLicht", Städtische Galerie Würzburg, Germany, February-April, 1999

"25th Anniversary Invitational", A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, October, 1997

"Gregnik Proto-II", radio broadcast, NYC, October, 1997

Open Studio Exhibition, Art Omi, Omi NY, July, 1997

"Drawn Conclusions", Riverside Art Museum, Riverside CA, Sept-October, 1996

Group Show, City College of NY, NYC, October, 1996

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany, September, 1996

Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA (invit), April, 1996

"Mass Exposure", NYC, December, 1994

"Wall to Wall", Art Initiatives, NYC, December, 1993

O.I.A. Salon Show, NYC, March-April, 1993

Krasdale Corporate Headquarters, NYC, October, 1992

"The Other Landscape", Art Initiatives, NYC, October, 1992

Competition Diomede, The Clocktower, NYC, May - July, 1989

Installation, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition, NYC, April - May, 1989

Invitational, Blackthorn Gallery, Portsmouth NH, October,1986

Installation, The Arsenal Gallery Annex, NYC, March, 1982

Installation, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA, February, 1981

Installation, S. F. Airport, San Francisco CA (invitational), February - April, 1981

Heller Gallery, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA, February, 1981

Small Works, Wash. Square East Gallery, NYU, NYC (nat'l. juried), January, 1980

Installation, Sacramento State, Sacramento CA (invitational), October, 1980

Group Exhibition, Humboldt State, Arcata CA, November, 1979

University Art Museum, Berkeley CA, July - August, 1979

California Institute for the Arts, Valencia CA, March, 1979

53rd Annual Crocker Kingsley, Crocker Art Museum, Sac'to CA (juried), May, 1978

CA - Hawaii Biennial, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, CA (juried), March, 1978

Grants and Awards

Los Angeles DCA Award:  Public Sculpture at Firehouse #4, 450 Temple St. LA, January, 2008

Chinati Foundation Residency, Marfa TX, May-June, 2001

Artist in Residence, City of Wiesbaden, Germany, June-September, 1998

ART/OMI International Residency, Omi NY, 1997

Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship, 1989

Artists' Fellowship, NYC, 1989

General Electric Corp. Materials Grant, 1979


Fullerton College, Los Angeles 2001-4

City College of New York, CUNY 1996-1998

Rockland Community College, SUNY1995-96

California College of Arts & Crafts Fall, 1981; Summer, 1982

University of California, Berkeley Fall, 1980

California State University, Humboldt 1979-80


Scripps College, Pomona CA, Lecture, October, 2001

Bellevue-Saal, Wiesbaden, Germany, Lecture, September, 1998

CAA Panel, “Light as Medium, Light as Vehicle”, NYC, Moderator, February, 1997

City University of New York, Visiting Artist, 1993

Claremont College, Los Angeles CA, Visiting Artist, 1986

School for Visual Arts, NYC, 1985

Hampshire College, Amherst MA, Visiting Artist, 1984

Panel, WCA National Conference, "Women Collectors", Moderator, 1981


The Canvas Project: a visual encyclopedia, Art House, Brooklyn NY, October, 2011 (photo), December 29, 2009, December 22, 2009, December 18, 2009, December, 2009   

"Fiat Lux", CD by Doug Tornquist, images from "Fiat Lux II" on cover & as inspiration for CD, 2009

"Fourteen Saturdays at Dangerous Curve", gallery publication, 2008

Whole Life Times, "Ghost World" (picture, page 20), February, 2007

LA Times Calendar, "Ungallery", by Cindy Chang, December 28, 2006

National Public Radio, interview with Liza Simone, December 15, 2006

ArtScene, "It's About Time", by Suvaan Geer, December, 2004

       also at:

LA Weekly, "Art Picks of the Week", by Peter Frank, May 28, 2004

Florence Lynch Gallery Presents:  A Site-Specific Installation, catalogue, 2002

The Magic of Light, catalogue, Hudson River Museum, 2002

"Light Magic", Westchester Family, April, 2002

"Experience the Magic of Light", Connecticut Parent, March, 2002

New York Times, review, Grace Glueck, March 1, 2002

"Show Turns a Spotlight on Light Itself in All Forms", New York Times, W. Zimmer, February 17, 2002

Photo-caption, The Riverdale Press, February 7, 2002

Review, Antiques & Arts Weekly, January 18, 2002

Chinati Foundation Newsletter, Vol. 6 (photo), December, 2001

Alpine Observer, Alpine TX, Kate Hunt, July 4, 2001

Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa TX, May 3, 2001

Mudfish 12, New York, ed. Jill Hoffman, May, 2001 magazine, Germany, photo/caption, May-June-July, 2000

TV Interview, KSW, Ute Hoffarth, Germany, May 19, 1999

Radio Interview, SWR 2, Kultur, Petra Mauwir, Germany, May 17, 1999

"Kunst unter Strom", Actuell Kunst, Nicole Bubenzer, May, 1999

Heidenheimer Zeitung, "Dem Leben auf der Spur", Bettina Schmid, May 7, 1999

Heidenheimer NP, "Wie der Fleck vors Museum kan", bes, May 7, 1999

Bayerische-Staatzeitung, "Asthetische Electroschau" Thomas Senne, April 16, 1999

Front page w/photo, Stadt Würzburg, ake, March 23, 1999

Front page w/photo, Volksblatt Würzburg, Rö, March 10, 1999

TV Interview, "Capriccio", Kulturmagazin, Channel B3,Germany/Switzerland, March 4, 1999

"Ohne Licht keine Kunst", Mainpost, Achim Schollenberger, February 27, 1999       

Frankisches Volksblatt, Rö, February 26, 1999

Farb/Licht, catalogue, Stad. Gal. Würzburg/Kunstmus. Heidenheim, February, 1999

Mudfish 11, New York, ed. Jill Hoffman, February, 1999

"Zwischen Erinern und Verschwinden", Wiesbadener Kurier, September 21, 1998

"Erinnerung in Licht und Wort", Wiesbadener Tageblatt, September 14, 1998

"Gallery Watch", San Francisco Examiner, David Bonetti, August 14, 1998

"Das grosse Thema Erinnerung", Wiesbadener Tageblatt, July 23, 1998

"Mit Licht und Video", Wiesbadener Kurier, July 22, 1998

Review, Bay Area, Colin Berry, July 22, 1998

Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, July 16, 1998

ART/OMI 1997-1998, catalogue, 1998

Jahresgaben 1996, catalogue, Kölnischer Kunstverein, September, 1996

Art at FGIC, catalogue, May, 1993

The Other Landscape, catalogue, Therese Byrne, October, 1992

Atmospheric Tension, brochure, NYC Parks Department, August, 1990

Photo-caption, The Phoenix, April 2, 1987

Review & color photo, HG Magazine, October, 1984

Review, Berkeley Gazette, Melinda Levine, July 23, 1982

Review, Artweek, Judith Dunham, April 25, 1981   

Review, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Robert Atkins, April 8, 198

Video Documentary, Women Arts Video, Los Angeles CA, 1979


San Diego Civic Art Collection, San Diego CA

ART/OMI Foundation, Omi, NY

Ayala Land Company, Philippines

Stefan Boddeker, Los Angeles CA

Bonnier Collection, Stockholm Sweden

Alfred Frankenstein, San Francisco CA

Ann and Mario Fioravanti, Rome, Italy

Anna Gardner, Stinson Beach CA

Alex and Cecile Gunst, Berkeley CA

Mr. and Mrs. John Kaiser, San Francisco CA

Charles Kohler, San Francisco CA

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany (commission: edition of 3 sculptures)

Hanna and Jeffrey Moskin, NYC

Perkins Coie LLP, Los Angeles CA

Price Waterhouse Corporation, NYC

Marjorie and George Shea, NYC (commission)

David and Dee Simpson, Berkeley CA

Mme. Alice Teriade, Paris, France

Troop, Meisinger, Pasich & Steuber, Los Angeles CA

Rob Wiener, NYC and Marfa, TX