The artist, Susan Carney, continues to evolve in terms of what inspires her choice of subject matter, the media and mediums she employs, and the art forms and or processes in which she engages. A longstanding intrigue with change has always informed Carney’s work.  Watercolor, spray paint, acrylic paint, varnish, and collage combine on wood, canvas, and paper … with a vocabulary of images such as birds, insects, knots, weaving, and fragments of the human body.  
Susan has recently taken up residency in Southern Maryland, where the deeply rich, largely unknown indigenous history of the area has sparked an almost obsessive fascination with creating works encompassing nature (in all its geographical and animal splendor), as well as adding elements of the peoples that have populated and influenced the landscape.
A graduate of West Virginia’s Shepherd University, with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Carney completed an MFA at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


BFA cum laude Painting/ Printmaking: Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

BA cum laude Art Education: Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV 1999
MFA The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2007

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

2008 Bridge Gallery: Shepherdstown, WV

2005 Fire House Gallery: Charles Town, WV

1999 George Washington University, Virginia Campus, Ashburn, VA

Benefit Actions

Contemporary American Theater Festival


West Virginia State Museum

Roger Chavez and Snow Fielding

and Kay Kodak
Kim Lowry and Bill Neufeld

Juried Exhibitions

2008 Best of West Virginia: Dickirson Gallery Tamarack:    Beckley,WV
2007 West Virginia Juried Biennial: Parkersburg, WV
2006 WIP Exhibition: The University of the Arts: Philadelphia, PA

West Virginia Juried Biennial: The Cultural Center:    Charleston, WV
Cumberland Valley Exhibit: Washington County Museum of Fine

Arts: Hagerstown, MD
Dickirson Gallery Exhibition: Tamarack Arts Center, Beckley, WV

of the Fallen: Arlington Museum for Women in the Military:

Arlington, VA
2003 Contemporary American Theater Festival, Frank Center    Gallery:

Shepherdstown, WV
2002 Blue Elephant Group Exhibit, Rockville Arts Place: Rockville,    MD
2000 Select Solos, Four Person Exhibit, Delaplain Arts Center:
Frederick, MD
1999 Printmaking Invitational Two Person Exhibit: Montgomery    College,

Rockville, MD

Georgetown Annual International    Exhibition: Frasur Gallery,

Washington DC
1997 Prints– Washington ’97 Corcoran Gallery of Art: Washington    DC

Honors & Awards

West Virginia Division of Culture and History 2007 Award of Excellence
The University of the Arts Merit Scholarship 2005

The University of the Arts Merit Scholarship 2006

Freeman Foundation National Consortium for Asian Studies

Study Tour- China 2004

West Virginia Division of Arts and Humanities 2003

West Virginia Individual Artist Fellowship

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Lab School Wash DC 2003

Power of Art Award

Cumberland Valley Art Exhibit: Hagerstown, MD 1999

Grand Purchase Award

Blue Ridge Arts Council Front Royal, VA 1999

Best in Show: Annual Printmaking Exhibition

Cumberland Valley Art Exhibit: Hagerstown, MD 1997

Purchase Award


African Sun ( Monotype image displayed ) CBS Sunday Morning 2005, 2008
Broadhurst, Nan: Good News Quarterly, Shepherdstown WV 2004

Schiele, Crystal: Martinsburg Journal, Martinsburg, WV 2005


Susan Carney