About the work

I search to find meaning in my interactions and relationships with people, tasks, situations, language, objects and roles played out or utilized at home, at work, and in social settings. Within the endless repetition of domestic duties, his and hers expectations, impersonal and empty exchanges with casual acquaintances, hierarchies of papers, tasks, objects and people, love and sadness, I find curious, hopeful and fleeting moments. These moments set the stage for pivotal events and interactions, real and imagined. My work builds off of these tiny and fragile clues, seeking to find the heart of human relationships. These exchanges, routines and encounters become a bridge toward understanding the ways in which people (myself included) interact and form, build or break relationships. I see such interactions as mysterious and heartbreaking.

The power of materials, to carry content, is critical to my art making process. Aside from obvious visual content, I use materials to add or enhance layers of meaning in my work. This necessitates work in mixed media. I choose materials appropriate to each individual concept for each piece of art I make. Many key ideas in the work are “coded” in this way, by the materials and processes they are made out of. The work asks a lot of the viewers in that respect. If it is passed by too quickly, layers of information can be lost to the viewer. It is one more stage in my interest in relationships, as then the piece of art functions as a person. It is judged on first impression and left or lingered over. You will find more, the more you look or you might get the wrong idea if you leave too quickly.

I enjoy and wonder about the vicarious relationship that I have with the viewer through their interaction with my art. I wish people to linger over the work physically or psychologically, as if lingering over a kiss or a thought.

Thank you for wondering too...

About ME

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts. June 1999. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

Bachelor of Fine Arts. December 1994. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017       Unanswered Prayers. Christ Church Cathedral. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2010      Hot and Bothered. Heyde Center for the Arts. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

2008       Love and other strange stories. Heyde Center for the Arts. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

2001       Domesticated. Backdoor Gallery. Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

1999        Mine. Midway Studios. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016       Faith. Non-Fiction Gallery. Savannah, Georgia.

2016       Never not Broken. Gallery 117. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2014       Imagining Otherness: Catching Sight of Monstrosity. Janet Carson Gallery. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2013       The Vision and the Word 5. Janet Carson Gallery. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2012       Into the Night: A 20 year Retrospective with Alexander Uncapher.  Janet Carson Gallery. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2010       The Vision and the Word. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2009      School of the Arts Faculty Art and Photography Exhibition. Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Exhibited at the James Williams Middle School, Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

2008        UWEC Department of Art and Design Faculty ExhibitionFoster Gallery. Haas Fine Art Center. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2008      Common Threads. Backdoor Gallery. Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2007        UWEC Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition.  Foster Gallery. Haas Fine Art Center. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2005        Poetry and Art Exhibition: Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women; La Eliminacion de Toda Forma de Violencia Contra la Mujer. Edna Carlsten Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

2005       Love: Lost and Found. Hue Art Gallery. Madison, Wisconsin.

 2003       Sight, Sound and Song. Backdoor Gallery (Exhibition) and Phillips Theatre (Performance). Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2002       Domesticity. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2002       Wisconsin Artists Biennial. Anderson Art Center. Kenosha, Wisconsin.

2001       Wisconsin Artists Biennial. Rahr-West Museum. Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

2000       Touch. USM Art Gallery. Invitational with Kiki Smith, Mona Hatoum and other notable international artists. University of Southern Maine. Gorham, Maine.

1999        UWEC Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition. Foster Gallery. Haas Fine Art Center. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

 1999      On Time. Chicago Project Room. Chicago, Illinois.

1998        Artscape ’98. Hyde Park Art Center (Exhibition) and 61st Street (Site Specific Installation). Chicago, Illinois.

1998        The Vision and the Word. State Office Building. Madison, Wisconsin.

1997        First Time. Chicago Humanities Institute. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

1997        The Vision and the Word. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

           

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013       Emerson, Julian. “Individuality in Harmony.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (August 11, 2013): 4F.

2013       Albrecht, Emily. “Looking and Listening.Volume One (August 1, 2013): 18.

2012       Kaldjian, Marni. “Into the Night.Volume One (July 26, 2012): 21.

2010       Swanson, Kelly. “Sculpture Exhibition Explores Female Viewpoint.Volume One (July 29, 2010): 18.

2008       Tirrel, Victoria. “Fellows News Briefs.Giving Strength 5, no. 3 (Winter 2008-2009): 23.

2008         Tirrel, Victoria. “Fellows News Briefs.Giving Strength 5, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 25.

2005       Smoot, Frank. “The Art of the Object Theatre.CVM Currents (Winter 2005-2006): 5.

2005         Tirrel, Victoria. “Fellows News Briefs.Giving Strength 2, no. 2 (May 2005): 27.

2003       Smoot, Frank. “My Town, Your Town” and “Susan Sveda-Uncapher” CVM Currents (Winter 2003-2004): 6-8.

2003       Barsness, Ann. “Museum Exhibit links visitors to 1920s Eau Claire.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (December 11, 2003): 1C-2C.

2002       Schultz, Leslie. “In Brief: Recent Activity of Alumni and Current Fellows.Bush Fellows News (Spring 2002): 11.

2000         Schultz, Leslie. “In Brief: Recent Activity of Alumni and Current Fellows.Bush Fellows News (Autumn 2000): 8.

2000        Cann, Valerie R. “Getting in ‘Touch’ with seldom-touched areas of awareness.Maine Sunday Telegram (February 27, 2000).

1999       Schultz, Leslie. “In Brief: Recent Activity of Alumni and Current Fellows.Bush Fellows News (Fall 1999): 11.

1999          Bulka, Michael. “Art 1999 Chicago Preview.The C.A.C.A. (Chicago Art Critics Association) Newsletter” 2, no.1 (May 1999).

1998        James, Jonathan. “Taking it to the Streets.Chicago Weekly News 4, no.2 (October 8, 1998): 18.

1997       Schultz, Leslie. “In Brief: Recent Activity of Alumni and Current Fellows.Bush Fellows News (Spring 1997): 9.

1996       Johnson, Jennifer. “American Politics.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (November 17, 1996): 1F and 3F.

1996       Johnson, Jennifer. “Well worth the effort.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (June 9, 1996): 1F and 3F.

1995       Johnson, Jennifer. “Exhibit pays tribute to late photographer.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (December 14, 1995): 1C.

1995       Madden, Terry. “Under Fire.UWEC Spectator (January 23, 1995).

1994       Chromey, Jodi. “Risque’ Business: Artists bare all in coffee lounge show.UWEC Spectator (April 12, 1994).

1994         Reiland, Dan. “Bottled Up.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (January 8, 1994). Photo.

1992       Friedman, Dick. “Water Work.Eau Claire Leader Telegram (August 6, 1992). Photo.

 

WEB

Wisconsin Visual Artists  http://wisconsinvisualartists.com/public/artistsnews_detail.php?user_id=1240 

WQOW TV 18 Eau Claire http://www.wqow.com/story/15916745/in-person-susan-sveda-uncapher

Bush Foundation http://www.bushfoundation.org/sites/default/files/Web_Content/Communities/PDFs/Fellows%20by%20Name.pdf

Museum of Wisconsin Art (online archive)  http://www.wisconsinart.org/archives/artist/susan-sveda-uncapher/profile-6133.aspx

 

CATALOGUES

2001       Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Rahr-West Art Museum. Kenosha, Wisconsin. Anderson Art Center. Wisconsin Artists Biennial, 2001. Texts by Jan Smith, Gary John Grest, Robert Lee Mejer and Frank C. Lewis.

2000       Gorham, Maine. USM Art Galleries. Touch, 2000. Text by Malgorzata Anne Lisiewicz.

1999       Chicago, Illinois. The Project Room. On Time, 1999. Texts by Malgorzata Anne Lisiewicz.

1996       Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Bush Foundation. Bush Artist Fellows 1996, 1996. Editor Vince Leo.  http://www.worldcat.org/title/bush-artist-fellowships-1996/oclc/38906221

 

BROADCAST

2011       WQOW TV 18. In Person. ABC, TV 18 Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Interviewed by Steve Betchkal.  October 31, 2011.

2008       Wisconsin Public Radio’s Spectrum West. WPR, 88.3 WHWC and 88.7 WRFW. Featured Artist. February 7, 2008.

1997       Wisconsin Public Radio’s Spectrum West. WPR, 88.3 WHWC and 88.7 WRFW. Featured Artist. March 1997.

 

AWARDS

Residency. 2016-2017. Christ Church Cathedral. Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Best of Show. 2016. Faith. Non-Fiction Gallery. Savannah, Georgia.

Honorary Initiate Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for Freshmen. 2010. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Nominated by UW Eau Claire students.

Full Tuition and Stipend. 1997 through 1999. University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.

Bush Artist Fellowship (Visual Art2-D). 1996. The Bush Foundation. St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

GUEST ENGAGEMENTS

Guest Artist/Speaker. March and April 2003. Foster Gallery. Haas Fine Art Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Brown Bag Luncheon series “From Concept to Image and Back Again”. Artist talks on conceptual art practices culminating in a panel discussion. Individual presentation “The Question IS the Point”.

Guest Artist/Speaker. April 1999. University of Chicago, Department of Art History. Chicago, Illinois. “Forms of Intimacy” colloquium.

Visiting Artist. August 1997.  Rochester Art Center. Rochester, Minnesota.

 

CONTACT

Email : ssvedau@att.net