“Four Seasons”, a retrospective exhibition of ceramics and textiles by Susan Schroeder, is being unveiled on September 7 at Hiram College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Gallery, 12000 Winrock Road in Hiram.The exhibition opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception and Schroeder will talk about her work at 6 p.m. Various pieces produced between 1959-2018 will be on display until October 26.
Schroeder is a native and life-long resident of Northeast Ohio, growing up on the Lake Erie coast in Conneaut, Ohio. This proximity to the colors, tones, patterns, and textures of the coastline has influenced her work throughout her career. She completed her undergraduate education at Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. Returning to her alma mater for her Master of Fine Arts degree, Schroeder specialized in Fiber Arts, where her thesis exhibition explored modular color systems presented with batiked cloth.
Most of Schroeder’s life has been dedicated to creating art and sharing this gift with others as a teacher. For over 15 years, she taught courses at Hiram College, where she created a specialized program in fiber arts. The majority of her professional teaching career, however, was spent at Kent State University’s Trumbull campus. For 18 years, she taught a wide variety of classes and later served as the director of the Link Art Gallery.
As a practicing artist, Schroeder has an expansive exhibition resume that records her continuous involvement in the Northeast Ohio art scene, as well as much further afield in numerous European venues. In the heyday of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s prestigious May Show, Susan’s work was accepted on four occasions. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in Cleveland and Columbus, as well as New York City, San Diego, and North Carolina. Her works have also travelled abroad to Istanbul, Turkey and various locations in France, including Annecy, Tours, and Paris.
“What you see here is the sum of some formative early influences, refined and tempered by an extensive formal education in art, many years of teaching at all levels, much travel where art and architecture was the focus, and a lifetime of thought and reflection,” says Schroeder about her work.