NEA Award

Susan's piece "We Live Here" was just installed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. A year in the making, this large work incorporates life stories from people in communities touched by the hospital. The piece was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by Silicon Valley Creates in partnership with the hospital and San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

See the circus video!

See the video of Without a Net, Susan's ten-piece installation examining the old-fashioned circus and sideshow. Many of the works are mechanized, lit up, and produce sound, and together they create a total experience for the viewer. Susan's circus explores the confluence between the splendid and the macabre, between fantasy spectacle and gritty reality, and between the celebration of human prowess and a fascination with (and exploitation of) human peculiarity. The show debuted in 2018 at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Presentation at the deYoung Museum

"Who says you can’t motorize a quilt?" is what Susan will discuss at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Koret Auditorium at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. This presentation for the Textile Arts Council will focus on how Susan created Without a Net, a ten-piece installation examining the dualities of the old-fashioned circus and sideshow, replete with moving parts, light, and sound. Learn more at the TAC website:Textile Arts Council.

Memory of Water visits four museums

Susan's work "Memory of Water" has been selected by juror Linda Gass for the travelling exhibit H2OH!, sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates. In its three-year run, the show will appear at the National Quilt Museum, the New England Quilt Museum, the Arizona Desert Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

New Books

Susan's work is featured in Art Quilt Retrospective: 50 Years of Innovation, a new book published by Studio Art Quilt Associates. Several of her sculptures also appear in the recent release Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists, by Andra Stanton,, and in Artistry in Fiber: Sculpture, by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney

Susan Else Portrait