Biography and Press

Two Coats of Paint - S.S. Champlain

Review by Sharon Butler

Brooklyn Rail - The Mood Back Home

Review by Sharon Butler

New York Times - Visions of Grandeur

Review by Grace Glueck

New York Times - Painting Now and Forever

Review by Roberta Smith

Art Slant

Review by Yaelle Amir

Apollo Magazine

Review by Vincent Katz

New York Times

Review by Ken Johnson


Suzy Spence lives in Montpelier, Vermont and Brooklyn, New York. Her faux society portraits and genre paintings explore the relationship between art production and patronage. In a forthcoming illustrated novel, NORTHEAST, Spence examines the intimate relationship between a master and servant, and casts painting (hobby, object, investment) as a supporting character.

Spence has an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Parsons School of Design, and Smith College. She has exhibited in the United States and Europe in solo and group shows, including Winkelman Gallery, American Fine Arts / Colin DeLand Fine Arts, Pat Hearn Gallery, Matthew Marks, Rare, Momenta Art, Holly Solomon Gallery (New York), The Arnolfini, Southampton City Art Gallery (United Kingdom), The Glarner Kunstverein (Switzerland), the Grazer Kunstverein (Austria), and numerous art fairs.

Spence's paintings and curatorial efforts have received critical attention in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Paper Magazine and the Brooklyn Rail, among other publications.

She has taught digital media at Pratt University and worked in the Curatorial Department of The New Museum of Contemporary Art during Marcia Tucker's tenure. In 2009, she and fellow painter Leslie Brack, co-curated The Mood Back Home, an exhibition inspired by Womanhouse, at Momenta Art, Brooklyn. She is the Curator for The Gallery at 1 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, is a guest Curator with Gertrude, and she lectures at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont.

Independent Curating

Suzy Spence is the Curator for The Richard Meier Building, Gallery @1GAP at One Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn New York, where she develops an in-house art program that seeks to contribute to the creative culture and energy of Brooklyn with three art exhibitions each year. Visit for exhibition news, salons and more

Fellowships and Awards

2009 - 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship
2012 Vermont Studio Center Writing Fellowship
2001 NYFA Fellowship, Computer Art
1996 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellow


2010 – 2012 Visiting Critic, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA
2012 - 2014 Lecturer, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT
2002 Lecturer, Pratt Institute, New York City

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