La Grande, OR
Susan Murrell’s work investigates an expanding concept of landscape as our perspective continues to shift amid the climate crisis. Her paintings, installations, and works on paper have been created as a meditation on passageways, life transitions, and the constancy of matter. She has been awarded residencies at international programs such as Yaddo, Ragdale and, most recently, Arteles in Finland and Westfjords in Iceland. Recent exhibitions include Edge and Mirror: Landscape in the Anthropocene, a group exhibition curated by Kirsten Furlong at the Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts at Boise State University, Outland About, a two-person exhibition curated by Patrick Collier at the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University, and the solo exhibitions Absent Presence at Carnation Contemporary in Portland, Oregon, and we are all cosmic dust at the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University. Susan has received multiple Golden Spot and Mid-Career Artist Awards through the Ford Family Foundation, and in 2017 she was awarded sabbatical and won an Oregon Arts Commission’s Career Opportunity Grant. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon, where she explores this spectacular corner of the state with her dog, Amiga.