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Statement

The earth beats and hums with zillions of tiny (or not so tiny) systems that are perfectly calibrated to maintain the balance of life. What we actually see is temporary, but the unseen is where the magic lies. Landscapes are like memories­-- layers upon layers of history are recorded in one person’s psyche or one plot of land. Not just human memories, but those of all the plants and animals with whom we share this planet. Like people, the landscape reinvents itself. It heals when it’s wounded, but sometimes it scars for life. Elements of the whole are nurtured or rubbed away. I draw inspiration from the land around me. My work is an ongoing exploration, which endeavors to portray the natural world and those who live in it (or on it) as strangely beautiful -- yet enormously fragile.

 

Biography

Suzanne Keith Loechl was born in England and moved to the United States as a young child. Growing up she had opportunity to experience many places including the English countryside, New York, Washington DC, London and Central Illinois. This unique multicultural upbringing is a source of inspiration for Suzanne.  She is particularly drawn to cultural patterns and human behavior in a variety of settings. She explores the natural and human made landscape, at times depicting it laced with organic and spiritual patterning. In the pursuit of helping create a more peaceful world of coexistence, Suzanne was recently ordained as a interfaith minister through a seminary in NYC. Her studies of Eastern and Western religions and indigenous faiths are infusing her work. Suzanne holds an undergraduate (with a minor in art) and master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Virginia Tech and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively. She lives Champaign, Illinois with her husband and two children.

Solo/Two/Three Person Exhibitions

2014                        Imagined Landscape, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois

2014                        “Observing American Culture,” (with Robin Riggs) Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2012                        “Habitat,” Indigo Artist Co-Op, Champaign, IL

2011                        “American Made,” Open Studios, Vincennes, IN

2006                        Woman Made Gallery, Chicago (June/July)

2004                        Verde Gallery (Gallery 2), Champaign, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015                       “Around the Block,” Parkland College, Champaign, Ill

2011                       “American Dream: A Juxtaposition’” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2009/2008            Swope Art Museum, Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition,

                                               Terre Haute, IN

2008                       “The Art of Real Estate,” Gallery 180, Illinois Art Institute - Chicago

2007                        All Star Smiles, Bolingbrook, IL

2006                        Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006                        Art Attack, The Gallery at Gordon Beach Inn, Union Pier, MI

2006                        Holiday Treasures Exhibition, McLean County Art Center,

                                             Bloomington, IL

2005                        “Modern Landscape,” Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

2005                        Annual Members’ Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2003                        Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

Awards

2008                        Illinois Art Institute, Chicago Permanent Collection Purchase Award

2008                        Indiana State University Permanent Collection Purchase Award, Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition

1998                        Best in Show, Illinois State Town and Country Art Show,

                                               Judge: Jerry Savage, Professor of Art, University of Illinois

Publications 

Book cover, Survivor’s Picnic, by Debra Bruce, 2012

Featured artist: “Perceptions of the Landscape,” by Jodi Heckel, At Home in Central Illinois, July/Aug/Sept 2012

Book cover, House Where a Woman, Poems by Lori Wilson, 2008

Book cover, Eden in the Rearview Mirror, Poems by Susan Elbe, 2007

Selected Collections

Art-in-Architecture Illinois Commission, Sociology Department, Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Lowell Cancer Center, Lowell Massachusetts. Commission

Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Urbana, Illinois. Commission

Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, Illinois

Woman’s Health Practice, Champaign, Illinois

Educational Background

2015                      One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, New York City, New York

1987                      Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Art minor

                                       Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

1994                       Master of Landscape Architecture,

                                       University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

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