Project Description

Susan Reep

Artist — Wilsonville, Oregon

I grew up in Los Angeles in a family of artists. (My father, Edward Reep, was a nationally renowned watercolorist with paintings hanging in museums across the country, as well as a World War II combat artist, with works in the Pentagon and the Smithsonian. My mother, Pat Reep, was a well-known quilter.) After living in Northern California, North Carolina, Virginia and Morocco, my husband and I settled in Bakersfield, CA for 40 years before moving to Wilsonville, Oregon. I’ve been married for 53 years and have three children and ten grandchildren. After retiring from teaching seventh-grade, I’ve been able to focus solely on my art.

I realized early-on that photography would be my medium. My training was not formal: I learned to “see” from growing up with art all around me and from listening to artists. I asked for my first camera when I was seven, and I’ve been taking pictures ever since.

My primary subject matter has gravitated over the years to travel and nature in all its aspects because I am a documentarian at heart. However, collage has taken center stage over the last five years or so, using my own photos as collage material, and working both digitally and using the analog, or cut and paste method. It’s been interesting to experiment with making statements about the world around me. Sometimes I’m not sure what the statements are going to be – the images sort of find their own way until the meaning emerges. It’s challenging, frustrating, and great fun.

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  • 2017 Visual Arts Festival, juried, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Best of Show, cash award
  • 2012 Selected artist to create monthly poster for First Friday, Bakersfield
  • 2010 Reflection: image+word exhibit, Younger Gallery, art selected for show poster
  • 2010 Younger Gallery, Kaiser Juried Exhibit, Purchase Award 3 photographs
  • 2009 Food Glorious Food exhibit, Younger Gallery, cash prizewinner, art selected for show poster
  • 1996 Visual Arts Festival, juried, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Award of Excellence for Photography with cash
    award for photography
  • 1996 ADDY Award, Kern County Ad Club, color photography
  • 1994 Visual Arts Festival, Bakersfield Museum of Art, juried, Merchant Award for Photography

Upcoming Shows

  • 2021 Sherwood, OR Four Eights, An Artists Challenge. Four canvases, 8×8, themed on Graham Oaks, photographic
  • 2021 Vector Arts Initiative, On the Consequences of Hate Speech, Juried Exhibit, online, ongoing, one work,
    photographic collage.
  • 2021 Lake Oswego, OR Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts One-Day Open Show, Multiple submissions of my own
  • 2021 Wilsonville, OR, Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council, Dream Beyond Covid, Juried Exhibit, online, Dream
    Beyond Covid Two, three works, photography
  • 2021 Wilsonville, OR, Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council, Dream Beyond Covid, Juried Exhibit, online, Dream
    Beyond Covid, two works, photography

Art in Show 2022