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"Tree of Life"


Artist Statement

I am captivated by the interplay of light, shape, color, line, texture, and form and seek to use these elements to support my own personal vision. 

The transformation of organic forms to abstractions through the play of light and the flow of water over rocky surfaces intrigues me. This, in turn, has led me to explore other subject matter and to go beyond reality to capture the expressive beauty of my subject. I work to create a surface that expresses my concepts while at the same time pushes the medium in a non-traditional way. 

This marriage of form and substance has informed both my paintings and drawings. It has enabled me to explore new materials and approaches as a way of articulating my own point of view. 


I have shown work at the following institutions:
College of New Rochelle , Chidwick Hall, New Rochelle, New York Dobbs Ferry Public Library , Dobbs Ferry, New York
Danbury Public Library , Danbury, Connecticut
Greenburgh Public Library , Elmsford, New York
Cassandra Art Gallery , White Plains, New York
Saint Mark’s School, Southborough, Massachusetts Salem College Fine Arts Center , Governor’s School of North Carolina, Winston-Salem, North Carolina C.W. Post College, Greenvale, New York 


The Art League of Long Island , Dix Hills, NY Pleides Gallery , New York, NY
Macy Gallery , Columbia University, New York, NY 

LIU/C.W. Post , Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, New York Fordham University Art Gallery , Bronx, New York 

University Council of Art Educators Exhibition , Brooklyn, New York The Rosenberg Gallery , New York University, NYC, New York
The Christina Mazzitelli Memorial Art Gallery , Cedarhurst, New York A FA Open , Scranton, Pennsylvania: Juror’s Award 494 Gallery Broadway , New York
Everhart Gallery , Basking Ridge, New Jersey Lumen Winter Gallery , New Rochelle, NY GALERIA UNO , Puerta Vallarta, Mexico The Katonah Gallery , Katonah, New York 

Cassandra Art Gallery , White Plains, New York The Bedyk Gallery , Kansas City, Missouri
The Northview Galle ry, Dobbs Ferry, New York Dulin Art Gallery , Knoxville, Tennessee 

Elder Gallery , Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska The Hudson River Museum , Yonkers, New York 

Neuberger Museum , Purchase, New York Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York 

Town of Greenburgh Arts and Culture Committee, NY Four-State Art Competition , Sioux City, lowa
C.W. Post College , Greenvale, New York
University of Colorado, Boulder , Colorado 


Numerous Grants from New York State Council for the Arts, Westchester Arts Council, The East End Arts Council, the Rauch Foundation, the Dolan Foundation, Bloomingdales, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY 

New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) Past President Award, 2007
Outstanding Service Award, 2007
National Art Education Association (NAEA) 

New York State Art Educator of the Year, 2005 National Art Education Association (NAEA) 

Eastern Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year , 2004 New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) 

Region 9 Art Educator of the Year, 2003 Nebraska Wesleyan University 

Alumni Achievement Award, 2003
Art Supervisors Association, Nassau County, NY
Outstanding Leadership Award , 2002-2004, 2006
New York State Art Teachers Association
Citation for Art Administrator of Year , 2001
College of New Rochelle Graduate of Education
Graduate School Hall of Fame , 1997
Council for the Arts in Westchester
Arts in Education Collaborative Grant Recipient, 1985-92, 1994-1996

Suzanne Bates


Artist Statement

Natural fibers and hand-dyed wools are the materials of my work. With them, I am working toward the illusion of landscape and deep space, while staying within the parameters of a fabric piece. My goal is to create an image in wool that elevates color, composition, and design to the level of a painting, yet does not sacrifice the inherent traits of a textile piece. Within these boundaries, I work in a “painterly” manner, balancing light and color within ever-changing patterns to suggest deeper patterns beyond the apparent image. 

Selected Exhibitions 

The Bedyk Gallery , Kansas City, MO
The Donald Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY
The Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson , Hastings-on-Hudson, NY Union Carbide Craft Show,New York, NY
TheMariGalleries, Mamaroneck,NY
The Westchester Art Society , Tarrytown, NY
The River Gallery , Irvington, NY
East End Art Association , Riverhead,NY
RuthCorwinGallery, Bridgehampton,NY
The Wool Bureau , New York, NY
Danbury Public Library , Danbury, CT
Marymount College , Tarrytown, NY
Dobbs Ferry Public Library , Dobbs Ferry, NY
The Ruth Raible Art Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Long Beach Public Library Art Gallery , Long Beach, NY Pleiades Art Gallery, New York, NY
Sweetwater Art Museum Fiber Show, Sewickely, PA
Gallery on 43rd St, Pittsburgh, PA

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