Solo Exhibitions

  • San Jose Museum Of Quilts and Textiles San Jose, CA, 2018
  • Mendocino Art Center Mendocino, CA, 2017
  • Visions Art Museum San Diego, CA, 2017
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival Santa Clara, CA, 2015
  • Peninsula Museum of Art Burlingame, CA, 2013-14
  • National Quilt Museum Paducah, KY, 2011
  • Back Porch Gallery Pacific Grove, CA, 2010
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles San Jose, California, 2007
  • Triton Museum of Art Santa Clara, California, 2002
  • Thirteen Moons Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000

Grants

  • National Endowment for the Arts 2018-2019. Sculpture We Live Here installed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, California. Administered by Silicon Valley Creates in partnership with San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Selected Publications

  • Art of Connection: How Art Heals Andra Stanton, Schiffer Publishing, upcoming
  • Art Quilt Quarterly "Focus on Commissions," Studio Art Quilt Associates, Spring 2019
  • Without a Net: the Artwork of Susan Else Exhibition catalog with essay by Joe Cunningham, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 2018
  • Art Quilts Unfolding: 50 Years of Innovation Sandra Sider, Nancy Bavor, Lisa Ellis, and Martha Sielman, 2018
  • Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists Andra Stanton, 2018
  • Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2: SculptureAnne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney, 2017
  • Susan Else: Content Wrapped in Whimsy Fiber Arts Now, Spring 2016
  • Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting Linda Seward, Sixth and Spring Books, 2014
  • The Quilt Show (internet television program), episode airing October 2013
  • Niche Magazine "What's New," 2013
  • The Quilt Life "Susan Else's Make-Believe World," August 2013
  • American Style "The Art Quilt Is What They Say It Is," Summer 2012
  • The Studio Quilt, NO. 8, Quilted Sculpture Sandra Sider, 2012
  • Art Quilting Studio Magazine "Quilting in Three Dimensions," Winter 2012
  • Quilting Art: Inspiration, Ideas, and Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Quilters Gillespie, 2009
  • Mixed Media Self-Portraits: Inspiration and Techniques Prato, 2008
  • The Art of Quilting (PBS documentary), 2007
  • The Quilt, A History and Celebration of an American Art Form Roberts, Fall 2007
  • Quilting Arts Magazine 6-page profile, Oct-Nov 2007
  • Surface Design Summer 2006
  • Selected Presentations

    • Who says you can't motorize a quilt? Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2019
    • Three Takes: A Critique Session with Judith Content, Susan Else, and Delores Miller Studio Art Quilt Associates Threads of Innovation Conference, San Jose, CA, 2019
    • Leap of Faith Closing presentation at NEXT Symposium, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder CO, 2017 (an educational video based on the original presentation can be found at Leap)

    Public Collections

    • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose, California
    • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles San Jose, California
    • Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, California
    • Kamm Teapot Foundation Sparta, North Carolina
    • P&B Textiles Burlingame, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Layered and Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art Studio Art Quilt Associates, traveling 2019-2023: International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, NB, Dairy Barn Center for the Arts, Athens OH, Ross Art Museum, Athens, OH, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA, Quilt Festival Houston, Texas Quilt Museum
  • Women Pathmakers Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, CA, 2020
  • Craft Nouveau Blue Lines Arts, Roseville, CA, 2019-2020
  • Stitching California Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, CA, and traveling with Exhibit Envoy, 2019-2022
  • Mi Casa es Tu Casa Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville, CA, 2019
  • Elements Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA, 2019
  • Play Date Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, 2019
  • Fiber Theatrics Studio Art Quilt Associates, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, 2018
  • Things That Matter Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA, 2018; Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ, 2018; St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah, 2019
  • Expressions of Identity: 40th Anniversary Exhibition San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA, 2017-2018
  • H2OH! Studio Art Quilt Associates, travelling 2017-2019: National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
  • California Art Quilt Revolution San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, 2016
  • Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. 2016
  • By Hand Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, 2016
  • Yuma Symposium Presenter Exhibition Yuma Symposium, Yuma, AZ, 2016
  • Form, Not Function Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN, 2015 (Best of Show and Viewer's Choice)
  • Strata: New Works From the Studio Art Quilt Associates Harrington Art Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, 2015
  • Radical Elements Studio Art Quilt Associates, travelling 2014-2016: National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, Internation Museum of Art and Science, McAllen TX, Ruth Funk Center for the Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL, Cafritz Foundation Art Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, MD
  • Season X: Celebrating a Decade Osilas Gallery, Bronxville, NY 2015
  • Milestones: Textiles of Transition San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, 2013
  • Layered and Stitched Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, 2012
  • Art Quilt Elements 2012 Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA (Juror's Choice award)
  • The Teapot Redefined Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013, 2008, and 2007
  • Tactile Architecture 2011-12, 2005-06, and 2003-04 Houston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh
  • Celebration National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, 2011
  • Volusia Wrapped in Fiber Gateway Center for the Arts, DeBary, Florida, 2011
  • Visual Conversations with Women in the Arts University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011
  • Sew New: Contemporary Art Quilts Osilas Gallery, Bronxville, New York, 2010
  • Quilt National 2009 and 2005 Athens, Ohio, and touring
  • Modern Materials Untitled [Art Space], Oklahoma City, 2009 and Tulsa, 2010
  • Sculpture Is Pajaro Valley Art Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2009 and 2006
  • Reflections: The Human Figure Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz, CA, 2009
  • Figuratively Speaking Visions Art Quilt Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2008
  • Bloodline University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 2008
  • Puzzled and Board New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, 2008
  • Quilts=Art=Quilts 2007, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York
  • Santa Cruz Artists Look to the Boardwalk Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California, 2007
  • Harmony: On the Wall, Off the Wall Huntsville Museum of Arts, Huntsville, Alabama, 2007
  • Changing the World, One Thread at a Time Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona, 2006
  • Virginia Brier Gallery San Francisco, California, 2005-06
  • Solomon Dubnick Gallery Sacramento, California, 2005
  • The Ceremony of Tea Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, 2004-05
  • Remaking Tradition: Contemporary Art Quilts Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California, 2004
  • Six international fiber exhibitions Back Porch Gallery, Pacific Grove, California, and touring Australia, Britain, Japan, and France, 2001-2008