Suzy Spence grew up in Maine and New York; she currently lives and works in Brooklyn and Vermont.

Spence first exhibited her hunt scenes and society portraits at Colin De Land’s conceptual gallery, American Fine Arts, Co. at 22 Wooster Street in the 1990s, the archives of which are held at The Smithsonian Archives of American Art and Bard College Library. She currently shows with Sears Peyton Gallery (New York and L.A.), and is a frequent exhibitor with Cathouse FUNeral (Brooklyn).

Her work has received critical praise in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Paper Magazine, Artcritical, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications.

She has an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts, a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design (Paris and New York), attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Smith College.


THE LIST: Suzy Spence at Sears-Peyton

January 11, 2018 - David Cohen Editor & Publisher ARTCRITICAL

"Luxuriance is more than a painterly quality in the work of Suzy Spence. It is a symbolic form. Bravura paint handling conveys the very sense of sport that is her motif in images of the hunt. Riders throw themselves with panache into the chase without attendant loss of elegance or control. Their very sweat is decorous in an almost heraldic balance of vitality and poise. There is a corresponding dialectic in Spence’s attitude towards her subject matter. Her catalogue essayist, Amy Rahn, deftly describes the feminist and class critique at the heart of her gender-bending approach while equally acknowledging her personal investment in riding, her participation in the culture that she observes. “The way these paintings slip—between genre and critique of genre, between a love of the sartorial poses of foxhunting and a critique of their masculine power, and between portraiture and figurative painting—give us a glimpse of something dark and rich that hammers the ground between critical thought and sensuous painting.” The full throttle romance of “the drag” (the term for hunting with a substitute fox segues sexily into the fey innocence of Spence’s idealized sorority of latter-day Artemises) speaks to an artist who hunts with the hounds and runs with the hares." DAVID COHEN 

Hunters and Hustlers: Feminism and Theatricality in Suzy Spence and Heather Morgan

by Wen Tao Artcritical 



Suzy Spence: A Night Among the Horses at Sears Peyton Gallery

Reviewed by William Corwin for Deliciousline



Holiday Party at Eric Firestone launches Benefit Show for artcritical’s Redesign Campaign

David Cohen



ART WRITING by Suzy Spence

Jenny Saville ROUNDTABLE: Julie Heffernan, Brenda Zlamany, Dennis Kardon, Walter Robinson, Barry Schwabsky, and Suzy Spence


Lara Schnitger’s Suffragette City at Frieze

by Suzy Spence


Ann Agee’s Hand Warmers at Frieze

by Suzy Spence


Aspirational: Rico Gatson’s Icons at the Studio Museum in Harlem

by Suzy Spence


Feminism at Frieze: A Gendered Perspective on the Art Fair

by Suzy Spence


Open Casket: “Enquête” regarding the Dana Schutz affair, the painting, the protests



Nicola Ginzel at The Gallery at One Army Plaza

by Suzy Spence


M/E/A/N/I/N/G: The Final Issue on A Year of Positive Thinking,
"Plotting" by Suzy Spence

December 11, 2016 | Mira Schor's


A Season of Psychic Noise: An Interview with Bo Joseph by Suzy Spence

November 16, 2016







 Studio Photographed by Erin Little

Studio Photographed by Erin Little


2019 (forthcoming) Cathouse Proper, Brooklyn New York

(forthcoming) The Helen Day , Stowe Vermont

2018  Of Dandies and Drags, NeueHouse, 110 East 25th Street, New York

 A Night Among the Horses, Sears Peyton Gallery, New York

2014   NORTHEAST, Spence's limited edition novella about a town in Maine was acquired by M HKA Ensembles for The Book Lovers, a curatorial project that traces the phenomenon of artist's novels, organized by David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska

2008   Town and Country, Andrea Jenkins Gallery, Beaufort SC

2002   The Crackup, Rare, New York (New York Times review >)

1999    Visions of Grandeur, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

1998    Visions of Grandeur, American Fine Arts, Co., New York (New York Times review >)



2018  CMCA BIENNIAL 2018 , Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Nov 3, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Grace au Dessin, curated by Jason McKechnie, Woodbury University Gallery, Burbank, CA

2017  Artcritical Benefit Show, Eric Firestone Loft, curated by David Cohen, New York

2017  Light in the Dark, curated by Karin Schaefer

At a Langorous Pace, Sears Peyton Gallery, New York

2016  The Hunt Intensifies, organized by David Dixon, Cathouse FUNeral  at Coustav Waxman Annex, New York

Group Show Artist’s Week, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine 

2015   Summer Group Show, Sears Peyton Gallery, New York

2014    Northeast (The Book Lovers) M HKA, curated by David Murato and Joanna Zeilinska, Rotterdam Netherlands

The Hunt, curated by David Dixon, Cathouse FUNeral, Brooklyn

Le Show Des Amis’, curated by Jeannie Weissglass, Showroom Gowanus, Brooklyn NY organized by Jeannie Weissglass           

The Appearance of Clarity: Works in Black and White, curated by Amy Rahn for The Helen Day Art Center, Stowe Vermont

2011    Signs on the Road, Ed Winkelman Gallery, New York, organized by Leslie Brack, Michael Ashkin and Joshua Geldzalher

2010    Verge Art Fair, Dylan Hotel, New York

2009    Momenta Art, Brooklyn, The Mood Back Home, an exhibition inspired by Womanhouse, organized by Leslie Brack and Suzy Spence

Here's Looking at You, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles

Sarah Meltzer Gallery, Momenta auction, New York

2008    New York Foundation for the Arts commission, boxed edition, ‘Rachel & John’,

Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn,Born Again, Again, curated by Eduard Steinhauer

Bridge Art Fair Miami, with curator Eduard Steinhauer

2002   Colgate University Art Gallery, Metaforms, curated by Carol Kinne

2001    Muller DeChiara Gallery, Berlin, Wattage and Friendship curated by David Hunt

Rare, New York, Vice Versa curated by Michael Lieberman

De Chiara Gallery, New York, Slice of Life, organized by Laurie DeChiara,

Scope Art Fair Miami, Rare

2000  Momenta Brooklyn, I Saw Stars, curated by Leslie Brack

1999   Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, Paper Magazine's 15th Anniversary Exhibition

Accelerator, exhibition curated by Josephine Lanyon, Godfrey Worsdale, and Catherine Gibson, exhibited at Arnolfini Bristol, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, and Oldham Art Gallery, Oldham, United Kingdom

Leslie Heller Work Space, New York, Chocolate Kingdom, curated by Leslie Brack

Turner and Runyon Gallery, Dallas, Encyclopedia 1999

Momenta fundraising exhibition, Green Naftali, New York

Angela, Glarner Kunstverein, Glarus, Switzerland

1998    Matthew Marks and Pat Hearn Galleries, New York, Painting Now and Forever, Part I

American Fine Arts, Co, New York, E Pluralis Nihil, organized by Colin DeLand

David Beitzel Gallery, New York, A Skowhegan Decade

School of Visual Arts Gallery, Dataphilia organized by Ken Feingold



Heritage Radio Network, Roberta’s Pizza, Bushwick Suzy Spence and Irina Milahache, Author and Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, join Coral Lee in an interdisciplinary discussion. 10/28/18 EPISODE 37

Artcritical, Wen Tao, Hunters and Hustlers, Feminism and Theatricality in Suzy Spence and Heather Morgan, February 2018

Artcritical, David Cohen, cover story Suzy Spence A Night Among the Horses, January 2018

Delicious Line, Suzy Spence A Night Among the Horses, reviewed by William Corwin, January 2018

Amy Rahn, catalog essay: Genre Mis-en-Scenes: Suzy Spence’s A Night Among the Horses, January 2018

Artcritical, Critic’s Pick, The Hunt Intensifies, January 8, 2017

Hyperallergic, IN BROOKLYN, 600 Women Unite for a Photograph, by Christen Clifford, October 2016

1stdibs, The Enduring Appeal of Equine Art, by Ted Loos, October 2016

The Met Museum online, The Appearance of Clarity: Works in Black and White curated by Amy Rahn, 2014

C-Monster, Miranda, Carolina, “Photo Diary: Stuff artists are looking at,” April 2011

ARTslant, Yaelle Amir, Verge Highs and Lows, March 14, 2010

The New York Post, Jennifer Ceaser and Brian Niemietz, "All Dolled Up", March 6, 2010

The Brooklyn Rail, Sharon Butler,  "The Mood Back Home", 2009

Apollo Magazine, Vincent Katz, "The Women's Rooms," 2009

Artinfo, Rico Gatson in New York, "Picks" 2009

FemminstBloggers@BrooklynMuseum, Jessica Shaffer,  "Picks" 2009

Art21Blog, Nathan Townes-Anderson, "Bite Me", 2009, Laura Andre, “The Mood Back Home: an exhibition inspired by Womanhouse”, January 2009

Artinfo, Linda Lee,  “A Tale of  Two Bridges”, Dec. 5 2008

Blankscreenmedia, featured artist, “Eye Pop”, October 2007, Paul Laster, featured artist, "streams" section

The New York Times, Ken Johnson, Suzy Spence, “The Crackup”,  March 4, 2002

(t)here magazine, issue 5, Suzy Spence featured digital artist

Tema Celeste, Daniele Perra, websites reviews,, November-December 2001,  July 17, 2001

Artbyte,  Chris Kensler, “Brain Candy”, July-August, 2001 pgs. 115-116, review also featured, Christopher Elam,  featured website, July 2001, Teri McSherrie,  featured website, March 2001

The New York Times, Holland Cotter, “I Saw Stars,” May 19, 2000, pg. E34.

Smock, Victoria Leacock, "Vox Populi", July 2000 pg. 28.

Frieze Magaine, Alex Farquharson, Accelerator, summer 1999 pg. 99-100

Paper Magazine, Peter Davis, “Beautiful People” 1999, April 1999, pg. 72

Franz Niegelhell, Neue Zeit, Bewusstsein Industrie und Seifenopern, March 7, 1999

Ressort:  Kultur, Oesterreich Salzburg, "Disney, Jesus Christus und Warhol", SN vom 27.3.1999

Steirische Wochenpost, “Suzy Spence im Grazer Kunstverein”, March 4, 1999

Eva Stadler, “Visions of Grandeur” exhibition essay, Grazer Kunstverein, February 1999

Steirerkrone, Jagd-Bilder der besonderen Art, March 5, 1999

Walter Titz, Kleine Zeitung, Normen und Konventionen, February 26, 1999

The Independent, Phil Johnson, “Young Guns Go for It, Accelerator”, February 1999

Esquire Magazine, Tim Martienssen, “Be Here Now – Accelerator”, February 1999

Mark Harris, Art Monthly, “Accelerator”, January 1999, pp. 33-34

Accelerator, exhibition catalogue, Godfrey Worsdale, Jo Lanyon, Catherine Gibson, 1998.

The New Yorker, “Painting Now and Forever Part 1”, August 3, 1998, pg 14

The New York Times, Roberta Smith, “Painting Now and Forever”, August 7, 1998, pg. E33.

The New York Times, Grace Glueck, Suzy Spence, Visions of Grandeur, July 10, 1998, pg. E37.

The Village Voice, Kim Levin, Suzy Spence, July 7, 1998, pg. 89

Paper Magazine, “Guest Artist Room with a View” by Suzy Spence, June 1998

CNBC's Great Stuff, television interview with Suzy Spence, February 21, 1998

Artnet Magazine, Robert Goldman, “E Pluralis Nihil,”, February 6, 1998

Paper Magazine, Peter Davis, “Hollywood Hip 101, the Chateau Marmont has an Art Attack"  February 1998, pg. 24


Public Events

Pat Steir, Drawings | Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT, 2016

Suzy Spence presents the work of Pat Steir on the occasion of the exhibition Pat Steir, Drawings Curated by Rachel Moore


A Conversation with Critic and Painter Stephen Maine | Melville House, November 2014

On the occasion of the exhibition Stephen Maine: Paintings. Artists discuss Book#14-0103 and the motifs that emerge in an oversized, 80-page bound work on paper.


Christopher K. Ho Studio, a Conversation with the Artist  |  Brooklyn, December 2013

In collaboration with Gertrude salons, Suzy Spence in discussion with conceptual artist Christopher K. Ho. 


Nicole Cherubini, A Conversation with the Artist | Brooklyn, May 2013

Suzy Spence in discussion with Nicole Cherubini in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum and The Gallery at 1GAP.


The Mood Back Home, an exhibition inspired by Womanhouse | Momenta Art 2009

Co-curated with Leslie Brack. Artists Jessica Jackson-Hutchins, Kirsten Stoltman, Karyn Olivier, Nicole Eisenman, Bea Romeo, Pinar Yolacan, Karen Leo, Jeanne Tremel, and Alyson Aliano. 


Fellowships and Awards

2009-present   New York Foundation for the Arts, Fiscal Sponsorship, the online archive for Womanhouse (1972)

2018               H.A.R.P.  residency Barnag, HUNGARY           

2016               Great Spruce Island Maine, Artist’s Week

2011                Vermont Studio Center, Writing Fellowship

2001               New York Foundation for the Arts, Computer Arts

1996               Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fellow



Marc Lafia  April 2018 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Clintel Steed  January 2018 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn  

Nicola Ginzel September 2017 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Selena Kimball, May 2017 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

January 2017 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn Landscape with Susan Hamburger, Rob Stevenson, Isidro Blasco, and Kathryn Lynch

2016 , Anne Delaporte The News My Favorite Horror Show, Cathouse FUNeral, Brooklyn 

Kendall Shaw, January 2016 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Jeannie Weissglass May 2016 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Julia von Eichel & Ernst Fischer, a 2 Person Exhibition  2016 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

May 2015 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn We Live Here, a group show with Ana Delgado, Robin Sacks, Lucy James, Rachel O'Meara, Alejandro Vargas, Thomas Schmitt, Varda Yoran 

Louis Cameron, September 2015 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Lauren Collings, May 2015 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Margrit Lewczuk, April 2014 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Nicole Cherubini January 2014 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

Myles Bennett September 2014 The Gallery at 1GAP, Richard Meier on Propect Park, Brooklyn

2009  The Mood Back Home and exhibition inspired by Womanhouse, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, co-curated with Leslie Brack

2009 The Womanhouse Online Archive,, - website archive for the purpose of scholarship and public awareness of Womanhouse (1972), a landmark student art project led by CalArts professors Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro

Curatorial Assistant, New Museum 1992-1995, New York, assistant to Senior Curator France Morin, under the Directorship of Marcia Tucker, exhibitions Bad Girls, In Transit, Thornton Dial, Chen Zen and Huang Yong Ping



1998    MFA The School of Visual Arts, NY

1996    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1992    BFA Parsons School of Design, NY

1991    Parsons School of Design, Paris

1988    Smith College