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Professor of Art, Painting & Drawing

Susan Zurbrigg

zurbrisd@jmu.edu
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Susan Zurbrigg, Professor of Art, teaches undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing.

Artist Susan Zurbrigg grew up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.  She studied painting at Bard College in New York, and received her M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Hope School of Fine Art.  She is an abstract painter and sculptor whose work examines issues of identity and autobiography within the language of abstraction.  She describes painting as “exploratory thinking” and as  “the puzzle piecing analytical act of ‘finding’ a painting while referencing body movements, gesture, and eliciting the sensual/senses through color, mark, nostalgia and memory.”  Her work has been presented in numerous national and regional exhibition venues.  Recent shows include: “Funktified” an exhibition exploring the visual manifestations of the Funk aesthetic at The Stellar Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, New York, “Building Picturing” at The Painting Center in New York City, “I Live Here” at The RKL Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, “Personal Business” at The Haas Gallery at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, and “Zenda” an Installation/Performance collaboration with the Metro Washington, DC Jane Franklin Dance Company.  Regional exhibitions include Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Capital One Galleries and The Arts Council of the Valley: Darrin McHone Art Gallery.  She is an Associate Professor of Art at James Madison University where she has taught undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing since 2000. 

Previous to James Madison University, Ms. Zurbrigg was Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and Director of Media Studies and Fine Art at Calumet College in Whiting, Indiana.  Additionally, she has taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, and as a Visiting Artist in the Department of Graduate Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.