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Selected Publications

2009    Orion Magazine, print & online magazine: “Digital Gardens”, montages by Susan Felter

2009    Clowns and Divas, book published by George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco

2007, on-line fine art magazine. “Conversation with Susan Felter” by Fred Setterberg.

1994    On Line Design, printed magazine, San Francisco, March

1991    Computer Graphics World, printed magazine, February

1986    American Photographer Magazine, January

1984    California Magazine, June

1983    Cowboy: The Enduring Myth of the Wild West, book pub. by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, N.Y.

1982    ZOOM, Magazine de l'Image, Paris, Summer

1980    Popular Photography Annual, New York

1980    Photo Show Magazine, Los Angeles

1978    Latent Image Photographic Quarterly, San Francisco

1975    Nueva Lente Photography Magazine, Madrid

Major Awards

1986    First Prize, Art From The Computer, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1981    Ferguson Grant, Friends of Photography, Carmel and San Francisco, CA

1980    Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography

1975    Featured Photographer/Filmmaker on the French National Television series Hieroglyphs

Selected Solo Shows

2010    Gallery IV, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA. Working With Dreams: Susan Felter 1978 - 2010  

2009    George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco  Clowns & Divas

2007    De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA    Group of solo shows by Santa Clara University Art Faculty

2006    871 Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco     Paint & Pixels  (two person show)

2006    Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica Center for the Arts, Pacifica, CA   Two person show

1997    De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA    Group of solo shows by Santa Clara University Art Faculty

1990    Galerie Viviane Esders, Paris  American Rodeo

1989    Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA 

1987    Vision Gallery, San Francisco

1985    San Francisco International Airport, Arts Exhibition Program

1985    Gallery IV, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA  Circus Work

1981    Robert Samuel Gallery, New York City   American Rodeo

1980    San Francisco Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco   American Rodeo

1975-7 U.S. Information Agencies & Cultural Centers at Embassies in Paris, Madrid, Bonn

1974    Festival D'Arles, Arles, France  (international photography festival)

Selected Group Shows

2011    Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi, India    American Psyche

2009    De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara Univ., Santa Clara, CA.   Natural Blunders

2009    Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA   Assemblage+Collage+Construction

2007    Syracuse University, Florence Campus, Italy.  Santa Clara University Photo Exchange Exhibit

2004    The Byrnes Institute, German-American Center, Stuttgart, Germany.  Santa Clara University Artists

2003    Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose:  Bytes & Pieces: The Art of Contemporary Collage

2003    Continental Gallery, Sapporo; Otaru Museum of Art, Otaru, Japan.  Pacific Rim Art Now

2001    Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.  Winter Work

2000    Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL.  Fresh Work 3

1994-5 Holmes Fine Art Gallery, San Jose, CA.   Action Experimental Art, Part I, and Part II

1992    Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco.  The Fire and the Aftermath

1989    Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.  Alternate Applications: Computer Technology in Art

1986    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Cross Currents II: Recent Additions to the Collection

1981    Institute of Contemporary Art, London.   New American Colour Photography

1976    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in conjunction with the show Women Artists: 1550-1950

Selected Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Bibliotheque Nacionale de France, Paris

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


1991-2010    Assoc. Professor of Art, Santa Clara University

1983-1991    Assist. Professor of Art, Santa Clara University

1971             M.F.A. in Motion Pictures, U.C.L.A.       

1966             B.A. in Psychology, minors in Art and English, U.C. Berkeley

Susan Felter grew up in the Bay Area, receiving a BA in Psychology and Art from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Motion Pictures from UCLA.  Her film "Pescados Vivos" won awards in short-film festivals in the 1970s.  In 1980 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her photo project “Rodeo Work.”  After her next series, “Circus Work”, she became interested in digital techniques.  Her current project is the digital montage series "Hunting and Gathering."  Susan’s photographic art has been exhibited and published in the U.S. and abroad. She taught Photography at Santa Clara University from 1983 to 2010.

San Jose Museum of Art

Houston Museum of Art

De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA