A resident of New York City, Susan Hauptman earned her B.F.A from the University of Michigan and her M.F.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit. Throughout her career, she has worked only on paper and only in charcoal and pastel, portraying her trademark self-portraits and still-lifes with a level of realism that is nearly trompe l’oeil. Her deftly executed, life-size charcoal self-portraits depict the artist with near-photographic exactitude, staring directly and enigmatically at her viewers while symbolically surrounded by the landscapes of her real and imagined lives. Drawn with complete candor and sparing no wrinkle or blemish, the stark self-portraits toy with gender roles, presenting an androgynous-looking Hauptman and challenging notions of feminine beauty. These works, Hauptman’s most celebrated subject matter for the past twenty years, display not only her technical mastery but also serve as the artist’s own means of self-revelation and reinvention. Hauptman has had solo shows at Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY; and Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Group exhibitions have included shows at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT; Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA. Hauptman’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR; and Norton Gallery of Art, Palm Beach, FL. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and held the Lamar-Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia from 1997-2000. She has been a visiting artist at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; University of California at Santa Barbara; San Francisco Art Institute, CA; and Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Solo Exhibitions 2007 Susan Hauptman: Drawings, Forum Gallery, New York, NY 2004 Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2002 Drawn from the Heart, Forum Gallery, New York, NY 2000 Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA Walter Gropius Masters Workshop Series: Drawing the Figure, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV 1999 Animations, Forum Gallery, New York, NY 1996 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY Tatistcheff/Rogers Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1993 Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1992 Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1990 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Group Exhibitions 2009 Summer Selections, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Contemporary Women's Self Portraiture: The Kahlo Legacy, Spheris Gallery, Hanover, NH 2008 The Figure Revealed: Contemporary American Figurative Paintings and Drawings, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI Scrutiny: Artist Self Portraits, Suzanne H. Arnold Art, Annville, PA Vision: Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Naples Museum of Art, FL; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA 2007 The Fine Art of Drawing: Modern & Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, New York, NY About Face, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA The Feminist Figure, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Real and Imagined: Works of Art by Wayne State University Alumni Ed Farga, Susan Hauptman and Carol Pylant, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI The Figure in Pastel, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2006 2005 Collector’s Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR Singular Expressions: Sheldon Invitational, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE 2005 Figurative Impulse, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Looking at Herself, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT 2004 Artist Talk: Five Years, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT Drawings VII, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Self-Evidence: Identity in Contemporary Art, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA Masters and Mavericks, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA Displacement: Contemporary Drawings, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL Contemporary Art from a Figurative Perspective, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA 2003 Go Figure! Manifestations of the Human Form in Contemporary Art, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC Transforming the Commonplace, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA Modern and Contemporary Portraits curated by Townsend Wolfe, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Magic Realism: A New Generation, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Collector’s Show, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR The New York Collection 2003-2004, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY 2002 Dog Days of Summer, Savannah College of Art Design, GA Representations: The Art of Drawing, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA Magic Vision, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 2001 Drawings, McNeese State Univeristy, Lake Charles, LA 2000 Visiting Lectures, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Nude + Narrative, P.P.O.W., New York, NY Still Lifes, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA 1999 Contemporary Still Life, The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA New Visions by Nine Contemporary Women, Forum Gallery, New York, NY 1999 Nexus Biennial Celebrating Local Figures, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA Self Portraits, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI 1998 It’s Still Life, Forum Gallery, New York, NY The Figure, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA Still Life Painting Today, Jerald Melberg Gallery Inc., Charlotte, NC The Figurative Impulse, Miami-Dade Community College, Kendall Campus Art Gallery, Miami, FL Drawings IV, Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Realism Knows No Bounds, van de Griff Gallery, Sante Fe, NM Theater of Self-Invention: Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art, J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY Table Tops: Morandi’s Still Lifes to Mapplethorpe’s Flower Studies, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA The Artist’s World, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY 1997 Gillespie, Hauptman, Stelzmann: Works of Art, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL Old Faces, New Faces, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Objects of Personal Significance (traveling exhibition), Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN Composite Persona (traveling exhibition), University Art Gallery, San Diego State University and Fullerton Museum Center, CA V.E.S. Visiting Faculty, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1996 Narcissism: Artists Reflect Themselves, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA 1995 Self-Portraits, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI Collecting with Richard Brown Baker, Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT The Reconstructed Figure, Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY Re-Presenting Representation, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY Vital Signs, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1994 National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK 1992 Susan Hauptman and William Beckman - The Female Nude, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN Black and White, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 1991 43rd Annual Academy-Institute Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Part Two: 1950-1991,California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA