One of the more than 60 artists listed in the Bellefonte Art Museum’s registry is Susan Parsonage. Here is her statement:
My images have their origins in perceptions of life experience, with a concern for the underlying forces and elements that tie me to the natural world. Based on my glimpse of the world, I work to find equivalent means to express the feelings and ideas that grab my attention. To me, there is a distinction between what is merely seen and that which is felt and tacitly understood.
Susan grew up in Minneapolis. In 1967, she moved with her husband and children to State College. She earned a B.A. in art, with highest distinction and an MFA in printmaking from Penn State University. As a graduate student and after graduation, Susan taught for Penn State’s School of Visual Art at for 11 years. In 1988, Susan was a visiting professor of art at Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, where she taught printmaking and helped to plan a print program and delivered several public lectures. For four years, Susan worked as a resident artist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005, Susan was awarded a fellowship to the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Susan’s work has been juried into numerous state and national exhibitions. Her work is included in both private and public collections and she is currently represented by Studio Gallery 234 in York.
The Bellefonte Art Museum celebrates the human spirit through the arts, recognizing the importance of art in our lives. In 2011, the museum experienced a large increase in attendance, private donations and membership and completed refurbishing the historic Linn House. The museum opened three new galleries: the Children’s Creativity Center, the Anna Wagner Keichline Gallery and the new Louise Bloom Sieg Gallery. The museum is opened Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Phone 814.355.4280