The passing of visionary artist Susan Hauptman marks the end of a storied career.

Forum Gallery reporting:

“With great sorrow, Forum Gallery notes the passing of Susan Hauptman on July 18, 2015.  The world has lost a gifted artist and we have lost a great friend.

“Susan Hauptman was born in Michigan in 1947 and studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (Pittsburgh, PA), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). A unique American artist, Susan Hauptman’s many awards began with the Yaddo Grant (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 1976 and included grants from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (New York), 1989; California Arts Council, 1990; and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1985 and 1991.  Susan Hauptman held the Lamar Dodd Chair at the University of Georgia (Athens) from 1997 to 2000.

“In addition, Susan Hauptman received grant awards from the Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in both 2002 and 2009.

“Susan Hauptman first exhibited in New York with the Allan Stone Gallery in 1984; her first Forum Gallery solo exhibition was in 1999.  Since then, in addition to five exhibitions at Forum, she has shown in Washington, DC; Pennsylvania, Arkansas, California, Michigan, Istanbul (Turkey), Massachusetts and Georgia.

“Susan Hauptman’s works may be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock), California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco), Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Hood Museum of Art (Hanover, NH), the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Norton Gallery of Art (West Palm Beach, FL); Oakland Museum (CA), and the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska.  A work of hers is also included in the Richard Brown Baker Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery.

“For Susan Hauptman, art-making was a fully devotional act.  In her absence, Forum Gallery remains devoted to the inspiration she brought to us and countless artists and patrons, and to the exhibition and dissemination of her art.”

To learn more, visit Forum Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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