I came to the making of visual art later in life. I’ve brought to my art practice the depth and breadth of my earlier incarnations: my academic training, my years of living in Europe and Africa, my three decades as a psychotherapist, my spiritual practices in Judaism and Buddhism.
As I’ve studied and grown as an artist, I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Visual Artists Beit Midrash under the guidance of artist and teacher Tobi Kahn and to become a member of Ceres Gallery, a women’s cooperative gallery in Chelsea, NYC.
Raising Women’s Voices, group show, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2018.
The Art of Jewish Prayer, group show, Bernard Museum of Judaica, NYC, 2018.
Red, group show, Textile Study Group of NY, Noho-M55 Gallery, NYC, 2017-18.
Out of Bounds, solo show, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2017.
Vulvacular, group show, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2017.
Summer Celebration, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2016
Objects and Symbols, Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica, NYC, 2016
Pirkei Avot ve Imahot, Ethics of the Fathers and Mothers, Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, 2014.
The Jewish Art of Healing, Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, NJ, 2014.
The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, HUC-JIR Museum, NYC, 2013.
The Sexuality Spectrum, Sherwin-Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK, 2013.
The Sexuality Spectrum, HUC-JIR Museum, NYC, 2012-13.
Putting Women Back in the Picture, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, NYC, 2011.
Rebound, curated by Tobi Kahn, Society for the Advancement of Judaism, NYC, 2009.
Hard Blessings: Jewish Ways Through Illness, Susan Kaplow, 2012. Book of stories of illness and healing enhanced by Kaplow’s artwork.
An Artists Beit Midrash, CCAR, The Reform Jewish Quarterly, winter, 2013.
Sexuality Spectrum Exhibit of Jewish Art Starts Discussion at Sherwin Miller, James D. Watts, Tulsa World, December 2013.
Pirkei Imahot, Lillith Magazine, Fall 2012.
An Unorthodox Guide to Sexuality, Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Jewish Daily Forward, November 2012.
Coming Out at Auschwitz, in Beginning with a Broken Heart, Dresser and Cunningham, eds., 1999.
Oswiecim Means Enlightenment, Turning Wheel, summer 1997.
Visual Arts Professional Activities
Co-curated Vulvacular, Ceres Gallery, NYC, 2017
Arts Fellow, Drisha Institute, NYC, 2007-2008.
Member, Visual Artists Beit Midrash, led by Tobi Kahn, Skirball Center, NYC, 2008 to present. Yearly art show on themes such as: sacrifice, depicting the divine, water, and transformations.
Making art from Torah: conceived and led two art-making workshops at Congregation Beit Simhat Torah, NYC, 2012-13.
Classes in drawing, painting, sculpting, felting, natural dyeing, book-making, and metal working at Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union, Textile Art Center, National Academy, JCC Studios, Spring Studio all in NYC and intensive felting workshop with Lisa Klakulak, Asheville, North Carolina. Personal mentoring by Tobi Kahn.
Other Education and professional experience
Phd. Columbia University, 1971. MSW, The University at Albany, 1981. BA, NYU, 1964.
Psychotherapist in private practice, Albany, NY, 1982-2008.
Social Worker, Parsons Child and Family Center, 1980-82.
Faculty Member, Empire State College and The University at Albany, 1971-1979.