I came to the making of visual art later in life. I've brought into my art practice the depth and breadth of my earlier incarnations: my academic training as a researcher and teacher; my thirty years as a psychotherapist; and my love of Judaism and of text study.
I've brought all these together by participating in the Visual Artists Beit Midrash of the Skirball Center and being a member of the Jewish Art Salon of NYC. I've continued to study Torah at Drisha Institute, where I was an Arts Fellow from 2007-2008.
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
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.
Member, Jewish Art Salon, New York City.
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. 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.