arts education

2006 Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), NYC - MFA Sculpture

2003 Hunter College, CUNY, NYC - B.F.A. Sculpture

selected solo exhibitions

2016 Gomez Mill House, Marlboro, NY

2016 Nolen Art Lounge, Smith College, Northampton, MA

2014 Gomez Mill House, Marlboro, NY

2013 Gomez Mill House, Marlboro, NY

2013 Bloomingdale Branch NY Public Library, New York, NY

2012 PAS Gallery, New York, NY

2010 chashama gallery 266, New York, NY

2010 Naregatsi Art Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

2009 Culpeper Gallery Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY

2009 Jeffrey’s Gallery Essex St. Market, New York, NY

2006 Dam Stuhltrager Gallery Sculpture Garden, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

selected group exhibitions

2024 Riverfront Gallery, Yonkers, NY

2023 Heller Museum, New York , NY

2022 YNY at The Heller Museum, New York, NY

2019 Still Point Art Gallery, On-line

2018 Still Point Art Gallery, On-line

2018 YNY at City Lore Gallery, New York, NY

2017 YNY at City Lore Gallery, New York, NY

2017 Riverfront Gallery, Yonkers, NY

2017 Evanston Art Center, Chicago Area, IL

2016 YNY Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Lazarus Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

2014 Citigroup Showcases, Long Island City, NY

2014 Lazarus Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

2013 Bloomingdale School of Music, New York, NY

2012 Sterling National Bank, Long Island City, NY

2012 The Sketchbook Project, World Tour

2012 Still Point Art Gallery, On-line

2012 Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Certificate of Commendation, London, England

2011 Grass Gallery, North Adams, MA

2011 A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Clocktower Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2010 Missing Peace Art Museum, On-Line

2009 St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, North Carolina

2009 Paintcan Studios, Long Island City, NY

2008 Gallery Korea, New York, NY

2008 LBI Foundation of Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

2008 East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

2008 Galerie Ecce Terra, Prague, Czech Republic

2007 Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY

2007 Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY

2007 Brooklyn Artists’ Gym, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 Dam Stuhltrager, Brooklyn, NY

2006 70 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Brooklyn War Memorial, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Nippon Gallery, New York, NY 

2005 The Cathedral Foundation, Recipient JURORS AWARD, Covington, KY

2004 Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, Finalist (Sculpture), London, England

2004 A.I. Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2003 Leubsdorf Gallery, New York, NY

2002 W. 105th Street DOG RUN, New York, NY

2002 Nippon Gallery, New York, NY

2001 Nippon Gallery, New York, NY

2001 W. 105th Street DOG RUN, New York, NY

awards & honors

2013/2014 Frankel Fellowship, Frankel Inst. for Advanced Judaic Studies, UMich, Ann Arbor, MI

2012 Manhattan Community Arts Fund,  NYC DCA/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC, NY

2010 Artists Grant, Puffin Foundation Ltd., NJ

2010 Lighton Intl. Artists Exchange Program Grant, Kansas City Artists Coalition, KC, MO

2009 Manhattan Community Arts Fund, NYC DCA/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC, NY

2008 Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY

2006 MTAA-RR, Dessel heads Hoggard’s 2006 HIGHLIGHTS list

2006 Research Award, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

2006, 2005 Cerf Award for Excellence in Art, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY
2004/2005 Graduate Merit Award, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY


2011 Visiting Artist, Umm el-Fahem Palestinian-Israeli Art Gallery, Umm el-Fahem, Israel

2010 A.I.R. ACSL (Art & Cultural Studies Laboratory), Yerevan, Armenia

2008 Artist-in-Residence Tondach Brick Factory, Prague, Czech Republic

publications & presentations

2021 dessel, susan c. “Martha Gruening: ‘Brick in a Soft Hat’,” THE ART of BEING DANGEROUS: Exploring Women and Danger through Creative Expression, Edited by Shaw, J. and Fletcher-Watson,B. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2021, 126-131. Print.


2016 – 2017 Dessel, Susan C. "Martha Gruening  BRICK IN A SOFT HAT", The Dangerous Women Project, University of Edinburgh Inst for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, On-line


2015 Cover Art. Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Vol 12 No 2 (2015)  Publication Date 23 Dec. 2016

2015 dessel, susan c. "An Illustrated presentation. Brick in a Soft Hat: Activist, Suffragist, Crusader – Martha Gruening ‘1909’,” Smith College Otelia Cromwell Day, Northampton, MA


2014 Dessel, Susan C. “A Voice From the Black Maria: Martha Gruening (1889-1937).” New Perspectives on Gender & Jewish Life, 2014 Frankel Institute Journal. Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies Univ. of MI, pp 24-27.


2013 Presentation, “A Word From the Black Maria,” Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Dec. 5, 2013)


2012 “"An Introduction to the Visual & Material Culture of NYC Jews, 1654-1865." Linden, Diana L.,Visual Ed. CITY of PROMISES, Dash Moore, Deborah, Ed., Rock, H.B. NYU Press 2012. (Vol. 1, pp  276-7).

2012 Kansas City Artists Coalition, Lighton International Artists Exchange Program Panel:  Susan C. Dessel, Ehren Tool, & Jessica Segall. Kansas City, MO

2011 Dessel, Susan C. “Art in the Arab Sector,” PEACE X PEACE Raise Women’s Voices Build Cultures of Peace, On-Line


2010 Presentation, “The Women Buried in Manhattan’s Jewish Cemeteries: First Shearith Israel Graveyards,” with conceptual artist, susan c. dessel, Mid-Manhattan Main Branch NY Public Library, NYC, NY

2009 A CONCEPTUAL ARTIST LOOKS AT JEWISH CEMETERIES,” Gotham History BLOTTER, Gotham Center for NYC History, CUNY Graduate Center, On-line

professional affiliations/experience

2012 - Present Trustee, American Friends of Umm el-Fahem Museum of Contemporary Art

2012 - Present Member, New York Artists Circle (NYAC)

2009 - Present Member, The Jewish Art Salon

2007 - Present Member, Long Island City Artists Inc., NY

2005 - Present Member, Women’s Caucus for Art

2004 - 2010 Panelist. ARTS in the SCHOOLS GRANTS Panel, Queens Council on the Arts, NY

2004/2005 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Ceramic Mold Making Assistant, Hunter College, CUNY, NY, NY

2000 Artist's Assistant”, Lower East Side Print Shop, New York, NY

web site

reviews, …

2023 "Pic of the Day," Your Daily Phil, eJP, 25 Jan. 2023

2016 Zax, Talya. “Superstition Vies With Faith at Yiddish New York.” THE FORWARD,

21 Dec.  2016

2010 For reviews of Dessel’s “nothers” exhibit in Yerevan, Armenia, scroll up & click "press" at top

2009 Up Close With Susan Dessel’s ‘Still Lives’.” The Lo-Down: News From the Lower East Side

2009Leah, “‘still lives’ and the Women of the 23 Souls”.”

2009 Stone, Amy. ““FEMINIST FUNERALS Art Opens the Conversation.” Lilith Magazine, vol. 32, no. 2, Summer 2009, p.31.

2008 ARTIST CLAIMS ACTION IS CENSORSHIP.” The Sandpaper, 14 May 2008

2008 Winkleman, Edward. “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (or An Exhibition Space’s Responsibilities with Regards to Potentially Offensive Materials).” 12 May 2008

2008 Wagner, James. “NOT MY VOICE.” 12 May 2008

2008 Wagner, James. “Susan Dessel’s ‘OUR BACKYARD’ Censored by Gallery.” 11 May 2008

2008 Burket, Brent. “Hiding the Bodies in Our Backyard.” HEART AS ARENA, 12 May 2008

2006 Burket, Brent. ““Body Count”.HEART AS ARENA, 6 Nov. 2006 

2006 Moody, Tom. ““Dangling Between the Real Thing and the Sign in the Window”.” 4 Nov. 2006

2006 tinsquo. “Dangling at Dam, Stuhltrager.” 1 Nov. 2006


2006 Wagner, James. “Brooklyn College MFA works resurrected, with scars.” 6 June 2006