“Gross McCleaf Gallery is offering “The Landscape Abstracted,” featuring eight area painters…. Unhesitatingly, I’d say the show’s most impressive works are by Susan Ziegler and Eric Huckabee, who seem at opposite poles from each other stylistically at first glance, she Penn-trained, he at PAFA. Ziegler’s single, very large, awesome landscape painting Promise of Escape has key elements both pictorially and emotionally. There’s unity of color and atmosphere and something enigmatic about it. At the same time, it engages our eyes, giving us entrance into this panoramic scene that stretches into the far distance, so we’re slow to take our gaze away from it. And even then, the image stays in our mind long after. Something highly unusual has been achieved, a fine balance between the specific and the abstract.”

– Victoria Donohoe. “Linked in Landscape” The Philadelphia Inquirer (June 8, 2012)


Susan Ziegler (b.1974) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Mt. Kisco, NY. Through a practice of drawing, painting, and printmaking, Ziegler explores abstract form through observation. Her solo and two-person shows include The Faint Edge of the World, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2007); and Amoenus Locus, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2010). Her group exhibitions include Aspects of Summer, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Lovelies, NJ (2012); B-Sides, York College Art Gallery, CUNY, Queens, NY (2011); and Uncharted: Imaginary Landscapes, Hayes Valley Art Center, San Francisco, CA (2008). She received The Charles Addams Memorial Prize, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2003); and Susan Cromwell Cosset Traveling Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2002). Ziegler completed her B.A. at Amherst College and her post-baccalaureate in Studio Art at Brandeis University. Ziegler also holds an M.F.A. in Painting from University of Pennsylvania.


Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist