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Susan Togut is a public artist, educator and therapeutic facilitator who has balanced her artistic evolution with the demands of diverse populations in the public realm.  She believes wholeheartedly in the power of creativity to fully engage in life, managing its challenges and uncertainties.  She strives to create her most evolved art from a deeply personal perspective, as well as a community-based and worldly consciousness. Simultaneously she facilitates others, leading to heightened engagement for all.  She earned a BFA from Washington University, St Louis and an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.  In 2019 she received a Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship in recognition of mature work and her sustained commitment to deeper goals.  Numerous grants over the years include Pollack Krasner, Ford Foundation and NYFA Fellowships and a 2019 Gottlieb Foundation Recipient.

Her self created, public and gallery art, inspired by the cycles of nature, focuses on the fragility of life, living with uncertainty, metamorphosis, regeneration and ascension. Interweaving natural and man-made, often ephemeral elements including simulated stained glass, she creates dimensional wallpieces, sculptures, installations and contemplative environments.  Her installation and environmental work is typically layered and reflective, activated by changing sun, wind and light cycles, to achieve holographic effects.  The range of her art is seen in solo and group exhibitions, sculpture gardens, galleries, museums, hospitals and private collections, internationally.

Recent outdoor public places include Unison Arts Center’s Sculpture Garden, 2010-ongoing, New Paltz, NY with installations in the ecological What’s Next? Exhibitions 2018-20; the Brydcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY, Psych Out Exhibition, 2019-20, 2014-16, 2002-03; and the Catskill Interpretive Center, Wisdom Trees; Embracing the Cylces of Life, Mount Tremper, NY, 2015-19.  An outdoor sanctuary, Embracing the Circles of Time, begun in 2019, is growing long term in Mount Tremper, NY. 




 

Recent indoor exhibitions of dimensional wallpieces, sculptures and installations include the Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, in Undercurrents, 2017; and the recent indoor exhibitions of dimensional wallpieces, sculptures and installations include the Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, in Undercurrents, 2017; and the NY, 2019.  This year her work was also exhibited in the Far and Wide and Focus GAIA 2019 WAAM exhibitions, as well as a Kleinart James Gallery, exhibition, both in Woodstock, NY.

For thirty-five years Susan facilitated individual and neighborhood revitalization in community settings, schools and healthcare facilities with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, throughout NY State and nationally.  She orchestrated Engagement With Life arts programs with mainstream participants, as well as those challenged by cancer, mental illness, autism, dementia and other conditions.  She was Director of Fine (and Performing Arts), conducting a cutting-edge program for traumatic brain injured people at Northeast Center for Special Care, Lake Katrine, NY, 2004-2012.

With these groups she orchestrated collaborative public art projects, such as the Healing Arbor, created on the Kingston, NY waterfront with those touched by cancer,1997-2010; moved to the Benedictine Hospital campus through 2017.  The Living With Uncertainty Sanctuary proposal grows out of this highly trafficked public place.

Susan seeks to impart comprehensive lessons to a larger audience through the synthesis of public art, gallery exhibitions, teaching, curating, lecturing and writing.  She is writing a book and lecturing about community and individual renewal through the arts.

For many years she forged relationships with key community organizations to manifest ongoing arts programs that include public art.  Since 2012 she’s worked as a consultant with diverse groups, including most recently, Holocaust survivors, developmentally disabled adults and youth, and elders with dementia.  In 2020 she hopes to establish an ongoing, intergenerational arts program that includes public art in Woodstock, NY.