A resident of New York City, Susan Hauptman earned her B.F.A from the University of Michigan and her M.F.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit. Throughout her career, she has worked only on paper and only in charcoal and pastel, portraying her trademark self-portraits and still-lifes with a level of realism that is nearly trompe l’oeil. Her deftly executed, life-size charcoal self-portraits depict the artist with near-photographic exactitude, staring directly and enigmatically at her viewers while symbolically surrounded by the landscapes of her real and imagined lives. Drawn with complete candor and sparing no wrinkle or blemish, the stark self-portraits toy with gender roles, presenting an androgynous-looking Hauptman and challenging notions of feminine beauty. These works, Hauptman’s most celebrated subject matter for the past twenty years, display not only her technical mastery but also serve as the artist’s own means of self-revelation and reinvention. Hauptman has had solo shows at Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY; and Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Group exhibitions have included shows at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT; Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA. Hauptman’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; and Norton Gallery of Art, Palm Beach, FL. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and held the Lamar-Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia from 1997-2000. She has been a visiting artist at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; University of California at Santa Barbara; San Francisco Art Institute, CA; and Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
BORN: Michigan, December 8, 1947
1969-70 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – M.F.A.
1967-68 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI – B.F.A.
1965-66 Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA
AWARDS AND GRANTS:
2009-10 Artist Residency, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
2009 Pollock-Krasner Foundation
2002 Pollock-Krasner Foundation
1996 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant
1995, 1989 Art Matters, Inc.
1991, 1985 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
USA/France Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
1990 California Arts Council, Visual Artist Fellowship
1988 American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
1984 Oakland Museum Artist of the Year Award
1976 Yaddo Grant, Summer Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY
1997,2000-02 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Visiting Artist
1997-2000 Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair, University of Georgia, Athens
1996 University of CA, Santa Barbara, Visiting Artist
Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Visiting Artist
1990 San Francisco Art Institute, CA, Visiting Artist,
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Visiting Artist
1985 University of California, Davis, CA – Visiting Artist
1981 University of Pittsburgh, PA, Semester at Sea
1974-78 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY – Asst. Prof.
1974 St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY – Visiting Artist
1972-74 University of Pittsburgh, PA – Instructor
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