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Susan Scott Rowland passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 at age 79. Susan lived a full life, as an artist who was endlessly looking, exploring and producing. I knew Susan and her artwork, during the later years of her life. Susan’s output was prolific, first as an abstract expressionist painter and then expanded to ceramics and botanical monoprints.

Below: Amaryllis Again, Oil paint on canvas, 1991


Below: Pod with Dodies Blue, crayon, oil stick and charcoal on paper, 1999.


Below: Pod/Yellow (diptych), crayon, oil stick and charcoal on paper, 1999.


I was first drawn to Susan’s work through her writing. She was smart, well read and engaging. She thought deeply about creativity and its context. You can read her own words here about her Carlas and here about her 9/11 Weed Prints.

Below: Carla, high fired glazed stoneware, 2004.


Below: 9/11 Weed Monoprint, 2002.


Susan’s creativity surged with her exploration of ceramics – she twisted and distorted classic vessel shapes and then developed glazes that drew from her gestural abstract expressionist knowledge. During this period, Susan also experimented with monoprints. She printed weeds, snow, dog fur, ice and then, after 9/11, conceived of her 9/11 series.

Below: Pitcher, high fired glazed stoneware.


Below: Bell, high fired glazed stoneware.


Below: Vessels, high fired glazed stoneware.


Below: Grasses monoprint with Bird, multimedia, 2009.


Susan loved Brooklyn, where she last lived, with her husband, Judge Charles P. Sifton. Susan was a trustee of the Brooklyn Arts Council and sat on the New York State Council of the Arts and NYCDCA panels.

Susan’s family and her Ft Greene community came together to produce a retrospective show of her work, “Uncontained Forces”, in 2013 in the Charles P. Sifton Gallery at the Federal Courthouse. We all loved Susan’s work, and had not fully appreciated her prodigious output until then.

Below is Susan’s work in the process of being collected for her show.


Susan with the poet and collaborator, Frederick L. Seidel.


Below: Vessel, text – Frederick L. Seidel, 1991, high fired glazed stoneware.


Below: Susan and Donald Sultan, friend and fellow artist.


Below: The opening of Susan’s show, “Uncontained Forces”.


Susan Rowland has work in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum and has had shows in Manhattan at the Kate Ganz, Marlborough and Spike Galleries, and at Susan Youngblood in Sag Harbor.

Thank you, Susan, for the gifts you left us. We will miss you.

Posted by Marla Dekker August 29, 2019 / No Comments Filed Under Classical Modernism, Mid-Century Modern, Sculpture, Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

Susan Rowland continues to contribute to her longtime community, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn…

Learn more about Theater Three Collaborative‘s work and upcoming productions.

Posted by Marla Dekker May 16, 2016 / No Comments Filed Under Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles, What Is...

The Susan Rowland show is down from Guild Greene and can be viewed by appointment. Please call 718.398.6792 or contact us by email.

Posted by Marla Dekker October 31, 2015 / No Comments Filed Under Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

Artist and architect Maya Lin,
President of Pratt Institute Thomas F. Schutte,
Judge Raymond J. Dearie and
The Charles P. Sifton Gallery
invite you to the May 16th opening of

Contact: Marla Dekker

The Charles P. Sifton Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of UNCONTAINED FORCES, Susan Rowland’s solo exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings, and ceramics. For more than 40 years, Rowland has
pursued an artistic path of bold experimentation and passionate expressivity. Uncontained Forces surveys Rowland’s development following her move to Brooklyn in 1986; a move that precipitated the artist’s significant shift and expansion of her creative practices past the
confines of abstract painting.

During this period, Rowland dedicated herself to mastering the art of individually crafted ceramics. Parallel explorations of large-scale drawing and the monoprint furthered her efforts to push the technical and creative boundaries of traditional glazed stoneware. Created from the artist’s distinctive formal vocabularies of gestural abstraction, drawing, and collage, Rowland’s sensual and sensitive vessels and figures operate as both functional objects and potent metaphors of the tensions between the visceral and the visionary.

Rowland was born in 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated at Vassar College and the Arts Students League, Rowland also studied with Richard Diebenkorn at the Santa Fe Institute and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Rowland has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in Santa Fe, Sag Harbor, and New
York City. Her work is in major public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Historical Society,Santa Fe’s Fine Arts Museum, and New Mexico’s Roswell Museum
and Art Center.

Opening reception:
Thursday, May 16th, 6 – 8pm
Showing through:
May 16th – August 16th, 2013
The Charles P. Sifton Gallery
The Eastern District Courthouse
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Interested in Susan’s work? Contact: Marla Dekker

Posted by Marla Dekker May 15, 2013 / No Comments Filed Under In the News, Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

Plans are jelling for Susan Rowland’s upcoming show this spring. A dedicated crew is curating Susan’s work – including Kimberly Loewe, formerly of MOMA; Alix Finkelstein, art writer; Peter Riesett, NY Public Library archival photographer; Karen Malpede, playwright and great friend of Susan’s; Susan’s wonderful family and humbly, me.

What is sure to be a standout at Susan’s show is her large ceramic pieces and how their shapes are reflected in her paintings.

Stefanie Dworkin, filmmaker and photographer, captured Susan’s studio. Her photographs give us a glimpse of Susan’s prodigious creative range – paintings, ceramics and printmaking. And of course wherever we turned, there was one of Susan’s Carlas keeping watch.

Stay tuned – date and location to be announced!

All photographs © Stefanie Dworkin, 2013.

Interested in Susan Rowland’s work? Contact: Marla Dekker

Posted by Marla Dekker March 21, 2013 / 2 Comments Filed Under In the News, Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

One from the series of artist Susan Rowland’s 9/11 Weed Prints, April 11, 2002.

From Susan:
During the winter after the attack on the World Trade Center I obsessively read W.G. Sebald’s novels about destruction, memory and landscape. His stories reminded me that the butterfly bush, Buddleia, is revered by Europeans as the first plant to return after the firebombing of their cities. I wondered what would grow around our ruins in the first spring after 9/11.

I know the persistence of plants as for several years I have been making monoprints of city weeds from parking lots, cracks in the sidewalk, gutters and demolition sites. When the first spring growth of 2002 appeared on my Brooklyn sidewalk, I went over to the chaotic destruction area to look for green.

On that day, March 11, 2002, the only sprouts I found were at the base of the south side of a building on Edgar Street. With Marina Ancona at Ten Grand Press, I printed those tiny green leaves. I was never allowed into the center of the site, hardhat territory, but all summer I walked the circumference and collected 22 annual species growing from seeds that had been buried under rubble and ash. On each print I have written where the plant was growing and have stamped the latitude and longitude of the center of the World Trade site, the target.

Susan Rowland’s 9/11 Weed Prints have been exhibited and written about extensively. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a print.

Posted by Marla Dekker September 9, 2011 / 3 Comments Filed Under In the News, Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art, townhouse.bz chronicles

Susan Rowland at home with Carla, her muse. Her clay Carlas are featured at townhouse.bz Art.

About the Carlas from Susan
A woman, after hearing Bertrand Russell describe the structure of the universe said, “Very clever young man, but the world is a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise, and it’s turtles all the way down.”

She was wrong. Actually, it’s dogs all the way down. North of Barcelona, in a medieval church I saw two small lions holding up a sarcophagus, but the itinerant sculptors who worked on the churches hadn’t seen any real lions and those lions are dogs with manes. I have seen working dogs everywhere, supporting Chinese temples and French drainpipes, hunting Italian dragons and guarding the dead in Mexican, Etruscan and Egyptian tombs.

These clay dogs, the Carlas, are not monumental, but they are from a pack of important little dogs, made to hold up New York.

About Susan
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940, Susan Scott Rowland graduated from Vassar in 1962, where she had studied painting with Alton Pickens. Married and with two children she lived in New Haven, Kentucky and in Chinle, Arizona on the Navajo reservation before divorcing and moving to New York City in 1968. In 1972 she began studying painting with Bruce Dorfman at the Art Students’ League until moving to New Mexico, north of Santa Fe. She painted and showed there for 5 years, at the Elaine Horwitch and Linda Durham Galleries. In 1976 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Returning to New York City, she worked in a studio on the corner of Broadway and 79th street until moving to a loft in downtown Brooklyn where she started to work in clay after studying at Long Island University. During that time she worked with Richard Diebenkorn in a master class at the Santa Fe Institute. Recently she has had shows in Manhattan at the Kate Ganz, Marlborough and Spike Galleries, and at Susan Youngblood in Sag Harbor.

Susan is a trustee of the Brooklyn Arts Council and sits on New York State Council of the Arts and NYCDCA panels.

Posted by Marla Dekker November 30, 2010 / 1 Comments Filed Under In the News, Susan Rowland, townhouse.bz Art

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