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 Susan Turconi— Mixed Media Artist

Susan Turconi

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Member of Flag since 2005
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Susan's Bio:

Susan Turconi is a recipient of a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and a B.A. from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.  Prior to matriculation, she was awarded scholarships and studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in Brooklyn, New York and the National Academy of Design in New York City.

Turconi is a mixed media artist who has exhibited, taught  and lectured extensively.  Her works are included in private collections in America as well as Switzerland, Spain, Wales, Japan, and France. The artist is represented in the public collections of City Hall in Venice, Florida, Pratt  Institute, Brooklyn New York, Rutger's  University, New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum and Bergen Museum of Art and Science, all in New Jersey.  Her work was also included in the Merrill Lynch Corporate Collection at the World Trade Center (destroyed 9/11/01).  

In 2005, Turconi was an invited featured speaker presenter at the World Forum Convention Center, the Hague, the Netherlands for the EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES (www.ecis.org) at their annual general meeting, conference and exhibition.  Her topic: "Break Through Barriers, the Cultural Challenge of Creativity in the World of Art."  She spoke on three occasions: as an artist, an educator and a survivor of the world of art and the ivory tower.  In 2006, ECIS invited her again to speak at the Acropolis, Nice, France.  "Visual Literacy in the 21st Century" was the topic and included: "Word as Art, Color as Art and Composition as Art".  On each occasion, Turconi displayed her work relevant to the particular topic.

Turconi continues to lecture and give workshops, presentations and act as juror for various community groups.  In 2010 she was the juror for the National League of American Pen Women National Exhibition.  The artist is an adjunct professor at State College of Florida, Venice Campus and teaches Art History I and II. She  has also taught an assortment of studio classes at the Venice Art Center and on the college level in the Northeast including Vermont Studio Workshop.

The artist has received many awards in her career including juried international competitions, specific invitations and juried grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Artist League of Central New Jersey, ART GOES PUBLIC artist in residence programs, Grumbacher Medal and others. Turconi has been included in Who's Who in American Art since 1985.

Artist Statement:

I am a true Pisces.  My work is always going in more than one direction at the same time.   Sometimes I will do a piece for the physical enjoyment of the working experience and other times, I will do a piece because I have something to say.  Ultimately, the goal is communication.                       

Selected Awards & Invitationals

2010                           Fine Arts Society of Sarasota 39th Annual Creators & Collectors Tour,
                                    Ringling College, FL
2007                          Venice Art Center (VAC), Venice, Fl.  Face & Figure, "Best of Show"
2006                          VAC, The Word as Art, "First Place"
2005                          Florida Artist's Group (FLAG), 55th Annual Exhibition, Florida Gulf Coast
                                   University, Fort Myers, FL,  "Elizabeth Upsham Davis Memorial Award"
                                    (catalogue printed)
2004                          COMBINED TALENTS, 19th Annual Florida International Competition,
                                   Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
                                   "Honorable Mention" (catalogue printed)
                                    underCURRENT/overVIEW 7, Tampa Museum of Art, FL, (catalogue)
2004-1993                VAC, VENICE, FL, (various exhibitions, assorted awards)
2002                          Women Contemporary Artists (WCA), Selby Gallery, Ringling College of
                                    Art & Design, Sarasota, FL 
1999                           CURATOR'S CHOICE: LEGACY II, Museum of Art & Science, Melbourne,
                                    FL, (catalogue)
1998                           Boca Raton Museum of Art, All Florida Juried Exhibition, FL
                                    William Paterson University (WPU) CHINA PROJECT, an invitational            
                                     Exchange with Nanjing College, China (catalogue)
1997                            Society of Experimental Artists (SEA) National, Visual Arts Center,
                                     Sarasota, FL, (catalogue)
                                     Boca Raton Annual, FL (catalogue)
1994                            SEA National, University of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX (catalogue)
1993                            SEA National, R. S. Barnwell Memorial Garden & Art Center, Shreveport,
                                     LA (catalogue)
                                     New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
1992                            LINES OF DIRECTION, WPU (catalogue)
                                     THE NEW JERSEY PROJECT, Robeson Center Gallery at Rutger's
                                     University, Newark, NJ (invitational)
1992, 1989                 Ringwood Manor Museum, Ringwood, NJ
1991                             Arts Council of the Essex Area, Roseland, NJ (purchase award)
                                     REALISM, A Woman's Perspective, Paterson Museum, NJ (invitational)
1990, 1986                 Bergen Museum of Art & Science (BMAS), Paramus, NJ
1990                            Morris Museum of Art & Science, Whippany, NJ (invitational, catalogue)
1989                            THE EXTENDED IMAGE, Raritan Valley Community College (ibid)
1988, 1989                 ART GOES PUBLIC, (artist in residence sponsored by Artist League of Central New
                                      Jersey & New Jersey State Council for the Arts, NJSCA) 
1986, '85                     New Jersey State Council for the Arts Fellowship
1980                             New Jersey Arts Annual, Newark Museum (purchase award)
1976                             New Jersey State Museum “WOMEN VISION” (invitational, purchase award)
1975                             “WOMEN VISION”, BMAS, Paramus, NJ     


Selected Exhibits


2012                           Florida Artists Group (FLAG) 62nd  Annual Symposium & Exhibition, Selby
                                    Gallery, Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL
                                    8th Biennial National Art Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL
2011                           FLAG, 61st Exhibition/Symposium, Art & History Museums, Maitland, FL
                                    FLAG Statewide Exhibition, Cornell Museum of Art & Culture, Delray Beach, FL
2010-1993                Venice Art Center (VAC), FL (annual group exhibitions, assorted awards)
                                   Women Contemporary Artists (WCA) Selby Gallery, FL
2010                          FLAG, 60th Exhibition/Symposium, BIG ARTS, Sanibel, FL
                                   Highlands Museum of Art National Juried Exhibition, Sebring, FL
2009                         FLAG, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, FL
                                   State College of Florida (SCF), formerly Manatee Community College,            
                                  (MCC) Faculty Exhibition, Bradenton, FL
                                   Harmony Hall Center, Beatrice Friedman Symphony, Sarasota, FL (solo)
2007, '08, 09          "O" Gallery, Venice, FL (solo exhibitions)
2007                         Manatee Community College South Campus, (solo exhibition)
                                  WCA, Museum of South Florida, Bradenton, FL
                                  WCA, Selby Gallery, FL
2002, 03, 06           The Art Center of St. Petersburg, Juried Exhibition, FL
2006, 2005             Florida International University, Miami, FL
2006                         ECIS, World Forum Convention Center, The Hague, the Netherlands
2005                         ECIS, the Acropolis, Nice, France
                                  FLAG, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL  (see awards)
2004                        FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL (see awards)
                                  Tampa Museum of Art, FL (invitational)
2002, 2003             Venice Little Theatre, FL (solo exhibition)
2003                         Lee County Alliance of the Arts Juried Exhibition, Ft. Myers, FL
2000-2002              Jan's Fine Art & Antiques, Sanibel, FL
                                   The Plum Door, Towles Court, Sarasota, FL
2000, 2001              Art Center of St. Petersburg, FL
1999                          THE BIENNIAL, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ (invitational)
1998                          NOTABLE VENETIANS, VAC, FL (invitational)
                                   90's ABSTRACTION, Manatee Art League, Bradenton, FL (invitational)
                                   WCA, Bakehouse Gallery, Miami, FL
                                   WCA, Long Boat Key Center for the Arts, FL
1997                           Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL (solo exhibition)
                                    Society of Experimental Artists, (see awards)
1996                          VAC, Venice, FL (solo exhibition)
                                   Women's Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
                                   Unity Gallery, Sarasota, FL (solo exhibition)
1995                          MCC South Campus, Venice, FL (solo exhibition)
                                   Boca Raton Museum of Art, 44th ALL Florida Annual, FL
                                   Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL
                                   BIG ARTS MUSEUM, Sanibel, FL (2 person exhibition)
1994,1986                Bergen Museum of Arts & Science, Paramus, NJ (solo exhibition)
1993                          Jersey City Museum, “NJ CONTACTS” (invitational)
                                   New Jersey Arts Annual, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ (catalogue printed)
1992                          William Paterson University, New Jersey (see awards)
1991                           La Grange National, Chattahoochee Valley Museum, La Grange, GA
                                   Paterson Museum, NJ  (see awards)
                                   Pascack County Art Association, Westwood, NJ
1990                          New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, National Juried Exhibition, Summit, NJ
1990, 1986               Bergen Museum Juried Exhibition, NJ
                                   The Gallery, Franklin Lakes, NJ (solo exhibition)
                                   Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, Dover, NJ
1989                          Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ (faculty exhibition)
                                   “LIGHT EXPLORATIONS”, Nabisco Brands, Hanover, NJ
                                   White Gallery, Franklin Lakes, NJ
                                   “NEW PRINTS”, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
                                   New Jersey State Council of the Arts Award Winners (traveling exhibition at art centers
                                   throughout the state and THE RECORD, Hackensack, NJ
                                   “ART GOES PUBLIC”, (traveling exhibitions of artists in residence throughout NJ)
1988                          Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ
                                   Morris Museum of Art & Science, Morristown, NJ
1987                           Museum of Hudson Highlands, Cornwall on Hudson, NY
                                   100 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, Jersey City Museum, NJ
1982, 1986               SOHO PHOTO, New York, NY, (solo exhibition)
                                   Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
1985                          Art and Architecture Associates, Butler, NJ (solo exhibition)
                                   Interchurch Center, New York, NY
                                   Simon Gallery, Montclair, NJ
1984                          Simon Gallery at PHOTO EXPO, New York, NY
                                   Exposures Gallery, Sugar Loaf, NJ
1983                          Tweed, the Gallery, Plainfield, NJ
1981, 1882               THE BUS PROJECT, Cleveland State University, OH
1981                          New Jersey Artists, Newark Museum, NJ
1980                         Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY
1978                         Morris Museum of Art & Science, Morristown, NJ
                                  The Pine Gallery, Fair Lawn, NJ (solo exhibition)
                                  Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ (ibid)
1977                          New Museum, Newark, NJ
1976                         “WOMEN VISION”, N. J. State Museum, Trenton, NJ (4 person exhibition)
                                  Cottage Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ (ibid)
                                  Edward Williams College, Hackensack, NJ (ibid)
                                  Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY  (M.F.A. thesis exhibition)
1975                          “WOMEN VISION”, Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ (4 person exhibition)


2012                          Is All Art ART? Who Says So? Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
2010                          One Person's Vision - "O" Gallery, Venice, FL
09, '08, '07              Exhibiting and Winning - Judging and Being Judged - Art              
                                   Collecting and  Narrative Art,  at the following:  Venice
                                   Art Center (VAC), Englewood Art Center, Women Contemporary
                                  Artists (WCA), Art Center Sarasota, Manatee Art Center, Selby Gallery
                                  at Ringling College of Art and Design
2006                        Visual Literacy in the 21st Century:  Word as Art, Color as
                                  Art, Composition as Art (see www.ECIS.org) European Council
                                  of International Schools Annual Convention and Exhibition, The
                                 Acropolis, Nice, France
                                 Abstraction, VAC, Venice, FL 
2005                        Break Through Barriers, The Cultural Challenge in the World
                                 of Art, World Forum Convention Center, the Hague, the
                                  Netherlands (see www.ECIS.Org)
2004                        Jazz up Your Art, WCA, Sarasota, FL
2003                        Out psyching the Judge - Art Center Sarasota, FL                         
2002                        Surviving the World of Art, New College Continuing Education, Sarasota
                                 Jewish Community Center, Venice, FL            
2001                       Celebrating Women in Art, Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL
                                 Photo Explorations, Venice Art Center, FL
2000                      Creativity, Finding the Muse Within, AAUW, Venice, FL
                                “FROM DADA TO ELECTROLUX”, a performance piece with assistance from
                                 Trish Kinghorn, Venice actress and Jan Findlay, Englewood writer, WCA, Sarasota, FL
1997, 1996             Paper Plate Printmaking vs Traditional, Art League of Daytona  Beach, FL
                                Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ
1996                       ART WORKS, Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville Convention
                                Center  and Donne Bitner Studio, Cocoa Beach, FL
1995                       Contemporary Photography, Venice Art Center, FL
1995, 1992             The Power of Paint - Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakefront Festival of Art, WI
94, '93, '90            The Art of Presentation and Making it as an Artist, Women's
                                Caucus for Art, Sarasota Chapter, FL, Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ
92, '91, '90             Monoprint Mania, Pascack Art Association, Westwood, NJ
                                Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Paramus, Art Center of Northern NJ
1992, 1991             Paper Plate Printmaking vs Traditional, Art League of Daytona Beach, FL
                                Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ
1990, '87               Women in Contemporary Photography - YMHA, W. Orange, NJ
1986                       Art Goes Public - UA Columbia  Cablevision (UACC) NJ
1983                       Censorship in the Arts, UACC
82, '80, '78, '76    New Jersey in the Arts, “Brides Play Bridge”, Venus, Hackensack
                                “Women Vision”, The Burial, UACC, Bergen Museum of Art
1976                       “The Burial” (a performance piece), Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY