susan c. dessel

Brick In a Soft Hat (Portrait of Martha Gruening, No.1)

Brick In a Soft Hat (Portrait of Martha Gruening, No.1)

Martha Gruening Bibliography POSTED. Dessel’s BIBLIOGRAPHY based on her research as a Frankel Fellow on the life and work of Martha Gruening — suffragist, civil rights activist, journalist, lawyer, … — is now posted on University of Michigan Library’s Big Blue website. See LINKS page under “Academic Blogs, Publications, Links to Artist Talks”.

Dessel is currently working on creating an installation “Pieces of Peace”.

The artist’s KITCHEN CABINET exhibited in “Home Is Where The Art Is” at the Lazarus Gallery (New Rochelle, NY) through March 2015.

For a link to a video of Dessel’s public colloquium about her research as a Frankel Fellow, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies University of Michigan (2013/2014), on the life and work of Martha Gruening (1889-1937) and the body of work she created inspired by Gruening’s life go to the LINKS page.

Go to WORKS page (under 2014, page two) for details about Dessel’s exhibit “Brick in a Soft Hat” at the Gomez Mill House (GMH) — the oldest existing Jewish residence in North America — during the commemoration of this national landmark’s 300th Anniversary. Gruening, owner of the GMH 1919-1923, purchased the Mill House to create an International Libertarian School.


Dessel, a Visiting Artist (2011) at the Umm el-Fahem Palestinian-Israeli Art Gallery, serves today as a Board Member, American Friends of the Umm el-Fahem Museum of Contemporary Palestinian Art in Israel. The gallery, located in Umm el-Fahem off the main road between Tel Aviv and Haifa, is a great place to add to your itinerary when visiting Israel.

To read about the artist’s experience at the Umm el-Fahem Gallery: Go to LINKS page, Click on Dessel’s Blog, go to 2011.
Also under Academic Blogs click on PEACE X PEACE.

INSPIRED ART, benefit for America Scores


America Scores Inspired Art Project & Raising Voices Gala
May, 2014

Dessel was honored to be among the local artists invited by The Inspired Art Project to create and donate an original work inspired by a piece of original poetry written by a young poet-athlete of America Scores New York’s soccer and literacy program.

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May 15 - June 30, 2014

CITIGROUP showcases L.I.C. Artists small works in Citicorp HQ Atrium.

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Dessel awarded 2013/2014 Frankel Fellowship

Dessel awarded Frankel Fellowship, Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan. On-site Fall 2013, off-site Spring 2014.

Project Title: “A VOICE FROM A BLACK MARIA Process and Work by Artist susan c. dessel based on the life of Martha Gruening: Suffragist, Journalist, Civil Rights Activist”

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