Susan Budge
Susan Budge

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 
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ARTIST'S
STATEMENT

Touching clay for the first time was my epiphany.  The physical, sensual, direct qualities of this material have challenged me for the past thirty-three years. While the majority of my work has been abstract, there have been periods interspersed with figurative and narrative series.  When my life was in trauma and turmoil, my work served as catharsis. When my emotional life is stable, my work has no need for imagery or text.

My preferred method of creating is to work in a spontaneous manner to try to capture information from my subconscious. I also createworks for public commissions and to honor people I respect. For “Tribute”, the ceramic hard hats, my inspiration came from my grand-dad’s oil field hard hat.  He worked as a rough neck, driller and tool pusher, before he started his own small drilling company. He had little education, but was extremely intelligent, ethical, hardworking and kind. My dad, his only son, also worked in the oil industry, as a Geologist. My respect, admiration and love for him is beyond measure. My tribute to him are the ceramic drill bits.  “Out of the Depths” will be a combination of these tributes, a reference to my spiritual beliefs and a vehicle to draw attention to our continuing need to protect our environment.

My interest in mythology, illusions and psychology all inspire my work. When in a period of introspection my work is quiet and contemplative. When issues arise that concern me I use my work to address them.  Now I am balancing concerns, turning back to the sensual and mysterious, celebrating the unknown, cherishing the moment and anticipating life’s surprises.

ARTIST'S BIO

Susan Budge (b. 1959) has been making ceramic sculpture for forty years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University in 1983, a Master of Arts degree from University of Houston in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999.

Budge’s work has been included in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the United States and is included in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia and Greece. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Angelo Museum of Art, the Art Museum at Northern Arizona State University, the Art Museum of South Texas, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Budge has completed public commissions for Brackenridge Park, The South Texas Center for Blood and Tissue, and Lady Bird Johnson Park in San Antonio. Corporate Collections include Five States Energy, Dallas, The University of Texas San Antonio, Tesoro, Project Control, San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Wyatt Energy, Houston.

Budge’s thirty year teaching career began with Artist in Education Grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts. In 1995 she  became Department Head of Ceramics at San Antonio College where she earned tenure, full professor, was awarded the NISOD excellence in teaching award and established an endowed ceramics scholarship fund prior to retirement in 2015.  Budge now lives in Houston where she continues her studio practice and teaches ceramics at the Art League of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School.

 
 

Education
M.F.A. University of Texas San Antonio; 1999
M.A. University of Houston, Clear Lake; 1987
B.F.A. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; 1982

Teaching Experience

2015 – 2016 Professor, The Glassel School Houston
1998 – 2015 Professor, Head of Ceramics, San Antonio College
1995 – 1998 Instructor, Head of Ceramics and Art Metals, San Antonio College
1991 – 1994 Adjunct Instructor, San Jacinto College, Houston
1990 – 1991 Art Instructor, Corpus Christi Catholic School, Houston
1990 – TCA Artist in Education, Levelland, Texas
1988 – TCA Artist in Education, Victoria, Texas

Public Art Commissions, Grants & Residencies

ATELIERHAUS HILMSEN, Germany, Residency July 2018
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist in Residence 2015/2016
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, San Antonio, TX
Tesoro, San Antonio, TX
Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, TX
The Children’s Museum, Victoria, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Park, San Antonio, TX
Texas Commission on the Arts, Levelland, Texas 1990 
Texas Commission on the Arts, Victoria, Texas 1988

Permanent Collections

The Fuller Craft Museum
The Honolulu Museum of Art
The Art Museum of South Texas
The University of Texas San Antonio
The New Orleans Museum of Art
The Smithsonian
The San Antonio Museum of Art
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art
San Angelo Museum of Art
Northern Arizona State University Museum
San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
Tessoro,San Antonio
Saks Fifth Avenue, Houston
Baites Container, San Antonio
Project Control, San Antonio
Five States Energy, Dallas
Wyatt Energy, Houston

Awards, Honors, Service

Board member, Texas Sculpture Group 2014- present
Best of Show, Round Top Winterfest
Award of Merit, Potter’s Guild  Annual Juried Exhibition, Centro Cultural Aztlan, 2015
Mayor’s Appointee, City of San Antonio Cultural Arts Board 2006 - 2008
Award of Merit, CraftHouston, 2006
Artist of the Year, 2004, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Director’s Purchase Prize, San Antonio Art League Annual Juried Exhibition, 1999
Cash Award, San Antonio Art League Annual Juried Exhibition, 1997
3rd Place:  Juried Show, University of Houston Clear Lake, 1993
Best of Show – East End Show, Lawndale Arts & Performance Center, 1988
Edith McAshan Award:  Hill Country Arts Foundation Ingram, Texas, 1987- 1988
Exhibitors’ Award:  Texas Designer – Craftsmen; Juried Membership, 1985
Honorable Mention:  Annual Juried Art Exhibition; Jewish Community Center of  Houston
Critic’s Choice:  12th Annual Spring Exhibition; Galveston Art League, 1985
Certificate of Merit:  Texas Fine Arts Association; Lubbock, Texas, 1991; Austin, Texas, 1989

Publications/Television/News

KLRN Arts in San Antonio 2015
The San Antonio Express News, Enchanted Garden, Dan R. Goodard, 2008.
Inside Magazine, The Heart Collection, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center collects works by local artists that reflects its mission, Dan Goddard, 2009
The San Antonio Express News, For sculptor Budge, the eyes have it/Houston exhibit shows off whimsical creations, Dan R. Goodard, 2006
Ceramics Art and Perception, Issue 53, Referencing, Peter Drake,  2003
21st Century Ceramics, 2003
Voices of Art, Summer 2001
San Antonio Express News; March 10, 2000, Bloomin’ works offer a fresh take on art,Dan Goddard
City Search San Antonio; November, 1999, Jennifer Wehut, Stones and Clay
San Antonio Express News; November 19, 1999, Colorful Guardians, Dan Goddard,
San Antonio Express News; August 8,1999, Evolution of style is point of ‘Points in Time’ D. Goddard
Southwest Art Magazine; 4th Dimension, November 1991
The Houston Press, April 1991
Siren Magazine, May 1991
The Houston Chronicle, January 1990
The Houston Post, January 1990
Montrose Voice, January 1990
Houston Metropolitan Magazine, True to Form, February 1989
The Victoria Advocate, September 1988

Solo Exhibitions

2017   “Gifts, Guardians & Objects of Affection”, Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX
2015 Susan Budge, Dock Space Lone Star Studio, San Antonio,TX
2014 “Secrets Concieved, Visions Revealed”; Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, TX
2013 “Funk and Budge”, Darke Gallery, Houston TX (two person show)
2011 “Out of the Depths”, The Nave Museum, Victoria, TX
2011 “Out of the Depths”, Thom Andriola, New Gallery, Houston, TX
2009 “Myth Magic and Mystery”, Thom Andriola, New Gallery, Houston, TX
2009 “Myth Magic and Mystery”, The Goddard Museum of Arts, Ardmore, OK
2008 “Myth Magic and Mystery”,  Galleria Ortiz Contemporary, San Antonio, TX
2008 “Myth Magic and Mystery”, The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 2008-2009
2006 “Eye Spy”, New Gallery, Houston
2004 New Gallery, Houston
2002 “Susan Budge  Works in Clay”, Houston Art League
2001 “Celebration/Transformation” New Gallery, Houston
1999  “Clay”, UTSA Satellite Space, Blue Star, San Antonio
1998  “New Work”, New Gallery, Houston
1995 “Secrets Conceived, Visions Revealed”, Visual Arts & Technology Center San Antonio
College, San Antonio, Texas
1994 Apex Collection, New Orleans, Louisiana, in conjunction with the National Council
for the Education of Ceramic Arts annual conference
1993  New Gallery; Houston
1991  Judy Youens Gallery; Houston
1990  “West Texas Visions”, HWCA Firehouse Gallery, Houston
1990  “X-Rays & Other Vision”, Art League of Houston; Houston
1989  “Falling Angels & Other Tragedies”, La Strada; Houston
1989 Victoria City Hall; Victoria, Texas
1987 University of Houston, Clear Lake; Houston
1985 Galveston Artists’ Guild; Galveston, Texas
1983 Eastfield College; Dallas
1983 Soft Earth Gallery, Richland College; Dallas
1982 Texas Tech University; Lubbock Texas
1982 “Fragmented Remains” Lubbock Lights Artists’ Cooperative; Lubbock, Texas
1981 Texas Tech University; Lubbock, Texas

Invitational and Juried Exhibitions

2018
Houston Art Alliance Juried Exhibition, William’s Tower, Houston TX
“Obstacle Art Path”, Heights Blvd. Houston TX
Empty Bowls Invitational, Archway Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Diverse Works, MATCH / DIVERSEWORKS, Houston TX
“Cameo”, University of Houston Clear Lake
“Workhouse Clay International 2018”, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton Virginia
“Clay Connection- Teil 1 Amerikanische Keramikerinnen erkunden die Altmark”, 
MÖNCHSKIRCHE MUSEUM, Salzwedel, Germany
Futures/Faculty Selection, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX
Art League Faculty Show, Art League of Houston, Houston TX
“HEART, Houston Elite Art Exhibit & Auction”, the Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum
“Ofrendas Y Flores”, The Orange Show Gala

2017
“Seven Ceramic Artists”, The Nave Museum, Victoria, TX
Houston Art Alliance Juried Exhibition, William’s Tower, Houston TX
Glassell Faculty Invitational, University of Houston Clear Lake
Empty Bowls Invitational, Archway Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
“The Flower Show”, hosted by James Surls, Splendora Gardens
“Goodbye, Farwell, Amen”, Spring Street Studios, Houston TX
“WinterFest”, Round Top TX
“In Residence”, Houston, Center for Contemporary Craft, curator, Sara Darro
“21st Century American Clay Artists”, Leedy/Voulkos Art Center, KC MO, curator, Jeff Wyman
“Profusion in the Void”, Texas Sculpture Group, Artspace 111, Ft. Worth TX
“Art For Hope”, Spire, Houston TX, curator, Paul Pettie
“Art on the Green”, Kemp Center for the Arts, Wichita Falls, TX curator, Joe Barrington
SFASU Collective Transference, curators, Michelle Mathews, Jeff Forster. Nacadoches TX
VAA juried show. Juror, Cindy Lisca, Spring Street Studio, Houston TX
8 x 8, Biblical Arts Center, Dallas TX
“Myth and Symbol”, Art League of Houston
“Once Upon a Time”,The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, Houston TX
“Back to the Future”, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Art Museum of South Texas
International Sculpture Conference: Cerbera Gallery's “Sculpture Salon” Kansas City MO
“The Small Show”, Red & White Gallery, Fayetteville, TX

2016
“Above and Below”  Sculpture Month Houston, Decorative Center Houston. Curators, Tommy Gregory & Volker Eisele 
“Above and Below”, Rudolph Blume Artscan Gallery, Houston
“The Big Show” Lawndale Art Center Houston, TX
“THIRST”, Capsule Gallery, Houston, TX
“Project Space”, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

2015
“Professors Picks”, Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio,TX
“Palo Alto Invitational Drawing Show”, curator Mark Hogensen, San Antonio, TX
“Art at the Plaza Club”, San Antonio, TX
“Potter’s Guild  Annual Juried Exhibition”, Centro Cultural Aztlan, San Antonio, TX
“Texas Sculpture Group Invitational”, William Cambell, Ft. Worth, TX

2014
“A Panoramic View”: Texas Sculpture Group 2014, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
“Craft Texas”; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
“Love Street, The Houston Scene”: Phoenicia Market & First Ward Edition, Houston TX
“Due South”, Mark Clark’s Galleria, Brownsville, TX
“Texas Artists Group Show”:  Red & White Gallery, Fayetteville, TX

2013
“In Depth”, Texas Sculpture Group Member Exhibition. The Art Car Museum, Houston.
“Connections Artists Supporting Art Students”, Say Si, San Antonio
Art Museum of South Texas Pop Up Show
“The Color of Blind”, ZaZa Gardens, San Antonio, TX
Texas Sculpture Group, Lone Star Studios, San Antonio, TX

2012
“Espoused”, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
“Breaking the Mold”, Four Texas Sculptors, Rockport Center for the Arts
Group Show, Anarte Gallery San Antonio, TX
Group Show, New Gallery, Houston TX
Group Show, Darke Gallery, Houston, TX

2010
“Regional Expressions in Vitrified Clay”, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
“Family”, curated by Barbara Justie and Adriana Barrios, South West School of Art
“New Arte Nuevo”: San Antonio 2010, jurors: Malaquieas Montoya and Valerie Cassel Oliver UTSA Art Gallery

2009
The Texas Biennial,  An independent survey of contemporary Texas  art, The Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin , TX , Currator: Michael Duncan

2008
“Postmodern Primitives”, HCG Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Curator: Ansen Seale

2007
Texas Uprising, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX , Curator, Bill Fitzgibbons

2006
CraftHouston, juror, Suzanne Ramaljak

2005
Area 405 NCECA Baltimore, Curator: Thomas Pergola
Airport Art Space, Curator, Diana Roberts, San Antonio
Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio

2004
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Juror: Lawrence Rinder
Texas Clay, UTSA, Curator : Ron Boling, San Antonio
Blue Star “Arts and Eats”, San Antonio

2003
SOFA, New York
Loveed Fine Arts, New York
21st Century Ceramics, Columbus OH
North Harris County College Outdoor Sculpture Invitational
New Gallery, Houston

2002
SOFA, New York
Loveed Fine Arts, New York
Art and Charity, Finesilver, San Antonio
The Waco Art Center, Waco, TX 

2001
Loveed Fine Arts, New York
San Angleo Museum of Art
New Braunfels Museum of Art
The Center for Spirituality at Incarnate Word University, San Antonio

2000
Loveed Fine Arts, New York
“San Antonio Spring Show, A Flower Invitational”, Finesilver Gallery; San Antonio
“Earth and Fire: Ceramic Sculpture”,  San Antonio Museum of Art.  Curator:  George Nuebert

1999
“Crosswalk”, New Gallery, Houston, Curator: Annette Wilzig.
Sculpture Invitational, Stephen F. Austin University; Nacogdoches, Texas. Curator:  Eloiuse Adams
“Point in Time”, Center for Spirituality and the Arts, Incarnate Word University; San Antonio. Curator, Dianna Roberts
“Art 2 K PASA”, A Millennial Survey by San Antonio Artists, curated by Michael Mehl. Sponsored by the City of San Antonio Departments of Aviation; and Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Airport Art Space, San Antonio International Airport
“objects, blurring the line between fine and decorative arts”, UTSA Satellite Space, Blue Star, San Antonio. Curators: Frances Colpitt & Jennifer Davy.
The Red Dot Sale, Blue Star, San Antonio

1998
“Constructure, An Exhibit of Constructivist Art”, curated by Michael Mehl. Sponsored by the City of San Antonio Departments of Aviation; and Arts and Cultural Affairs. Airport Art Space, San Antonio International Airport
The Red Dot Sale, Blue Star, San Antonio
National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum; San Angelo, TX. Juror:  Ronald Kuchta
The Art League of San Antonio

1997
The Art League of San Antonio
“Blue Star on “Fredericksburg Road”; San Antonio
“Women on Women”, New Gallery; Houston
“Form by Fire”, Martin Rathburn Gallery, Blue Star; San Antonio
“Uniqueness From The Hand”, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 

1996
“The Singular Object”, New Gallery; Houston 
Martin Rathburn Gallery, Blue Star; San Antonio 
The Blue Ball, Blue Star Art Space; San Antonio 
Art in Public Places Program, Exhibition in the Mayors Chambers; San Antonio

1995
“Bodies in Evidence”, New Gallery; Houston; Curator:  Annette Wilzig 
“Texas Summer”, Craighead-Green Gallery; Dallas 
“Female Energy”, Martin-Rathburn Gallery; San Antonio

1994
“CLAY”, an exhibition of work by Houston area University/College Instructors; Houston; Curator:  Betty Polifka

1993
Third Canyon Gallery; Denver, Colorado; Bader-Melnick Gallery; Vail, Colorado
“Angel Invitational”, Artables Gallery; Houston 
Faculty Invitational, San Jacinto College; Houston 
“Showgirls”, The People’s Art Store; Galveston, Texas 
Juried Show, University of Houston Clear Lake; Juror:  Benito Huerta

1992
“The Winter Group”, New Gallery; Houston 
Faculty Show, Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Conference; Brazosport, Texas 
“Contemporary Artifacts”, Transco Gallery; Houston; Curator:  S. Sprout
“State of Art”, Saks Fifth Avenue; Houston
“Ceramic’s Invitational, University of Texas El Paso; El Paso, Texas
University of Dallas Ceramics Invitational; Dallas
“Narrative Vision”, Beverly Gordon Gallery; Dallas
Houston Area Exhibition, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston; Houston Jurors: Andres Serrano, Patrick Murphy, Michelle Barnes

1991
“Angelic Enlightenment”, Judy Youens Gallery; Houston 
New Forms Exposition @ Navy Pier; Chicago 
“Chain Reaction”, Austin Visual Arts Association; Austin, Texas 
“Rejoice”, Lubbock Fine Arts Center; Lubbock, Texas

1990
“Passages, Eight Alumnae Artists”, University of Houston Clear Lake; Houston 
“International Women’s Day Sculpture Show”; Austin, Texas

1989
The Greater Midwest International Exhibition IV, The Art Center Gallery; Warrensburg, Missouri; Juror:  Richard Koshalek
Dimensions “89, Lenexa National 3D Art Show; Jurors:  James Ballinger, Lawrence Fame, Harriet Traurig
Materials Hard and Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council; Denton, Texas; Juror:  Sandra Blain
May Festival 1989, Llano Estacado Art Association, New Mexico Junior College
Southern Regional Exhibition; Jurors:  James Watkins, Sarah Waters
Tri-State Exhibition 1989; The Beaumont Art League; Beaumont, Texas. Juror:  Mark Grote

1988
“Bay Area Artists’ Exhibition; Houston
East End Show; Lawndale Arts and Performance Center; Houston. Juror:  Richard Marshall
Past Experience/Future Vision, National Juried Exhibition; Montana Institute for the Arts,     Great Falls, Montana; Juror:  Dennis O’Leary
Ninth Desert West Juried Art Exhibition, Lancaster Museum Art Gallery; Lancaster, California; Jurors: Patricia Archer, Trever Bennett
Confluence; 16th Annual National Juried Art Exhibit, Hill Country Arts Foundation; Ingram, Texas; Juror: Trent Read
The Galveston:  An Annual National Spring Exhibition; Galveston, Texas; Juror: Ronnie McMurtrey
Counterpoint; Hill Country Arts Foundation; Ingram, Texas; Juror:  Joseph Dagel, Jr.
University of Houston Clear Lake Group Show; NASA Johnson Space Center. Juror:  Nick DeVries

1987
Lubbock Festival of the Arts Invitational Show; Lubbock, Texas Market House, A National Juried Craft Exhibition; Conestoga Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Jurors:  Jack Troy, Vera Kaminski, Anne Graham
Materials Hard & Soft; Center for the Visual Arts; Denton, Texas; Juror: Shigeko Spear Counterpoint; Hill Country Arts Foundation; Ingram, Texas; Juror:  Brian Row Open 
Juried Show; Mari Galleries of Westchester; Mamaronek, New York 
Women Artists of Three States; Dallas Women’s Caucus for Art,  City Hall,Dallas; Juror:  Judith Brodskey
Works in Clay 5; Wichita Falls, Texas
Art League of Houston Membership Show; Houston

1986
National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts; San Marcos & San Antonio, Texas
Texas Selects Small; One Bell Plaza; Dallas; Juror:  Susan Freudenheim
Texas Designer/Craftsmen Juried Membership Exhibit; Moody Exhibition Space
Texas Christian University; Fort Worth , Texas; Juror:  Joel S. Ledi
Celebrating Texas Sculpture- 150 Years of Liberty; Texas society of Sculptors; Republic Plaza; Austin, Texas; Jurors: Jim Edwards, James Surls

1985
Austin Contemporary Visual Arts Association; Citation Exhibition Designers Space; Austin, Texas; Juror: Tony Moore
Texas Designer/Craftsmen 1986 Juried Membership Exhibition; Texas Tech University Museum; Lubbock, Texas; Juror: Joanne Rapp 
Annual Juried Art Exhibition; The Jewish Community Center of Houston; Juror: Henry T. Hopkins
Diversity “85, Texas Sculpture Association; D-Art visual Arts Association; Juror: William Struve Lenexa National 3-Dimensional Art Show; Lenexa, Kansas. Jurors:  Tony Hepburn, Dianne Vanderlip, Louis Cork-Marcheschi 
Works in Clay 4; Wichita Falls, Texas; Juror: Suzanne Stephenson
Twelfth Annual Spring Exhibition; The Galveston Art League; Galveston, Texas; Jurors: David Crosby, Carol Crow, Clint Willour
Surfaces Man-Made; the Art League of Houston; Houston
Jurors:  Robert McCoy, Eileen Montgomery, Jana Vanderlee 
Women’s Art Exhibit in conjunction with Womens’ Equality Day Celebration; Dallas City Hall; Dallas, TX
University of Houston Clear Lake Group Show; NASA Johnson Space Center; Houston; Jurors:  Sandria Hu, Nick DeVries