About

About

Susan Moldenhauer, Buckhorn Bar & Parlor, photo by DPTurner Photography

Susan Moldenhauer explores place through image-making that embraces the landscape as a foundational element, seeks aesthetic and poetic experiences, and questions how to make sense of the world in the split-second magic of photography. Her approach embraces the tradition of composing at the moment of exposure. Her lyrical work evokes the synthesis of light, darkness, movement and moment.

Moldenhauer is a photographer, arts administrator, curator, artist advocate, and community leader who has worked to advance artists and the arts throughout her career. In 2017, she retired as Director & Chief Curator of the University of Wyoming Art Museum after 33 years of administrative and curatorial work. She co-founded artist and public art projects and continues to participate in these efforts. She is one-third of an artist-photographer-dancer partnership called Sequencing Through Time and Place, a creative collaboration that is place-based projects.

Moldenhauer received her MFA from Penn State University and BFA from Northern Illinois University. She is a recipient of the 2017 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award and the 2016 Wyoming Visual Artist Fellowship. She has a national exhibition record and is represented in numerous public collections. Moldenhauer lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming.

Moldenhauer Resume 2019

EDUCATION

1982     MFA, The Pennsylvania State University
1974     BFA, Northern Illinois University

EXHIBITION HISTORY

SOLO, TWO- AND THREE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO (scheduled)

Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, Clay Paper Scissors Gallery, Cheyenne, WY

2018
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, Lander Art Center, Lander, WY

Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2014
Sequencing through Time and Place: Venice, New Work by W. Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson, Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY

2011
Composition from the Land: Egypt, Synergy Gallery, Laramie, WY

Sequencing Through Time and Place: Ucross | London | Fort Laramie, an experimental series of exhibitions by Wendy Bredehoft, Margaret Wilson, and Susan Moldenhauer, Gallery 211, Laramie, WY

2009
Place | Mind | Spirit, photographs by Susan Moldenhauer, Brayham Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2007
Place | Mind | Spirit, recent photographs by Susan Moldenhauer, Brayham Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2006
Translucence / Transparency, New Work by Blinn Jacobs and Susan Moldenhauer, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT

2005
Place, Mind, Spirit—Susan Moldenhauer, photographs, New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Place, Mind, Spirit—Susan Moldenhauer, photographs 1988 – 2004, Rosenthal Gallery of Art, Albertson College, Caldwell, ID

2004
Touchstone: New Work by Wendy Bredehoft and Susan Moldenhauer, Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, Laramie, WY

2003
Landscapes of Mind and Place, Phototroph Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO

2001
Landscapes of Mind and Place, Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2000
Landscapes of Mind and Place, Western Wyoming College Gallery, Rock Springs, WY

1999
Landscapes of Mind and Place, Nicolaysen Art Museum and Discovery Center, Casper, WY

Desert Varnish and Other Works, Big Red Gallery, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

1997
Desert Varnish, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

1995
Desert Varnish, One West Contemporary Art Center, Fort Collins, CO

1994
Desert Varnish, Goodstein Gallery, Casper College, Casper, WY

Desert Varnish, Wyoming Arts Council Gallery, Cheyenne, WY

1992
New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

1990
Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX

1989
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA

Piedmont VA Community College Art Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

1988
McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA

1987
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY

1985
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland Center for Visual Arts, Portland, O

1984
The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

Greystone Gallery, Riverdale, NY

Graphics Gallery, University of Maine, Orono, ME

1983
Photography Gallery, University of Denver, CO

1982
Widener Gallery, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2020
2020 Juried Benefit Auction, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

2019
North X Northwest, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Julia Andrews, juror

2018
SWEET, Golden and Delicious….., Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

Ren-dez-vous 2018, Mystery Print Gallery, Pinedale, WY and Clay Paper Scissors Gallery, Cheyenne, WY

Worth a Thousand Words: Laramie Photographers, Clay Paper Scissors Gallery, Cheyenne, WY

2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
Touchstone Laramie, Laramie WY

2017

Place | Setting, 12 Wyoming Women Artists, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord, NC

Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibition, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY; Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, curator

Art5 | Pipeline Artist Project, Mystery Print Gallery, Pinedale, WY; traveled to The Boarding House Gallery, Laramie, WY

2015
Ley Lines: Intersecting Conversations, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY; H.L.Hix, curator

2014
Portrait of Wyoming Invitational, Pedal House Gallery, Laramie, WY; traveled to Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY and Lander Art Center, Lander, WY; a Wyoming Art Party project

Photography by Women: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection, Museum of Art, Bates College, Lewiston, ME; Dan Mills, curator

2011
Within the Landscape/the Landscape Within, Myers School of Art, University of Akron, OH; Charles Beneke, curator

In the Presence of Trees, 30th-anniversary invitational exhibition, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

2010
Ucross Foundation: Twenty-Seven Years of Visual Artist Residencies, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY; traveled to the Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY

Coe Library Invitational, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2009
CONTACT Photography Fair, Brayhem Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2005
Touchstone 2 + 3, Open Studio and Sale, Laramie, WY

2000
Photographic Imagination, Here Here Gallery: A Shelter for Ideas in Architecture, Art, and Design, Cleveland, OH

Kodachrome, Ron Judish Fine Art, Denver, CO

1999
Desert Wind: Contemporary Artists Working in NM: The Ray Graham Collection, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND

1998
Six Contemporary Landscape Photographers, Harmony Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

1995
Photographing the American West, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT

1994
You Call That Art?, One West Contemporary Art Center, Fort Collins, CO; Angela Brayham, curator

1993
Illuminance ’93, Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Lubbock TX; James Enyeart, juror

Mountain West Biennial Photography Exhibition, Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Logan, UT; Peter Goin, juror

1988
National Aperture 3, Sawtooth Building Galleries, Winston-Salem, NC; Helen Gee, Emmet Gowin, jurors

Photo Biennial III, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; Thomas Southall, juror

1987
Photo 21: A National Juried Exhibition, Kern Gallery, University Park, PA; Ray Metzker, juror

1985
PA Photography IV, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Susan Kismaric, juror

1984
Light Sensitive IV, Thomas Center Galleries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Jerry Uelsmann, Olivia Parker, jurors

1982
Contemporary Photography as Phantasy, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Fred Parker, juror

Cal Arts National Juried Exhibition, Valencia, CA; Douglas Heubler, Ken Josephson, jurors

1981
Imagism, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC; Tina Freeman, juror

CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS

Sequencing Through Time and Place, 2009 – present
Sequencing Through Time and Place is an artist collaboration with Wendy Bredehoft, artist, and Margaret Wilson, dancer/choreographer, who explore the creative process by working simultaneously on location through art, photography, and dance

2009     Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY; residency
2010     London, UK, residency
2010 – 2011      Fort Laramie, Banner, WY; fieldwork
2013     Venice, Italy; residency
2016 – 2019      Carissa Mine, South Pass City, WY; fieldwork and residencies

Pipeline Artists Project, 2008 – present
Pipeline Artists Project, www.pipelineartproject.com, ‘pumping art from the energy state of Wyoming, USA, is a group of five Wyoming contemporary artists who are committed to furthering their careers while maintaining Wyoming residency. Their work is in dialogue with the wider world beyond the American West and is inspired by this place.

2008
Co-founded with artists David Klarén, JB Bond, Wendy Bredehoft, and Sue Sommers

2009
Established Studio Wyoming Facebook group (669 members).

2012
Established CLICK! A Conference for Wyoming Visual Artists in partnership with the Wyoming Arts Council and host communities. Pipeline Art Project’s first exhibition as a group was included.

2013
Created the printable portfolio Complexity of Solitude: Five Wyoming Artists.

2016
Initiated Studio Wyoming Review, a column on Wyoming art and artists, curated by Camellia El-Antably in collaboration with WyoFile.com.

2017
Art5: Pipeline Art Project New Works exhibit at Mystery Print Gallery in Pinedale, WY and The Boarding House Gallery, Laramie, WY.

Laramie Artists Project and Touchstone Laramie
2004 – present (biennial)

Touchstone Laramie is a biennial exhibition for Laramie and Albany County artists who transform hotel rooms into individual galleries for a weekend. Its primary purpose is to acquaint viewers with artistic excellence, provide opportunities for artists and viewers to directly interact, and promote professional development for artists. Sales are encouraged; 2018 presented 35 artists, sales reached $45,000, benefitting the artists, the city and county and the State of Wyoming.

2004
Co-founder with Wendy Bredehoft

2006
Co-chair with Wendy Bredehoft

RESIDENCIES
2017     Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY
2008     Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

VISITING ARTIST AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS (Selected)

2018
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, New Work by Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson, Visual Arts Building Gallery, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY; closing program, group tours

Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, New Work by Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson, Lander Art Center, Lander, WY; opening program

Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, New Work by Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson, Carissa Mine, South Pass City, WY; panel discussion

2017
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, New Work by Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson, Carissa Mine, South Pass City, WY; panel discussion

2015
Panel Discussion. Our Place in the West: A Conversation with Wyoming Artists, Our Place in the West….and Beyond: Wyoming at 125 conference, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
2020     Fotofest International Meeting Place Portfolio Review, Houston, TX (scheduled)
2019     Center for Photographic Arts Portfolio Review, Month of Photography, Denver, CO
2019     Wyoming Arts Council Summit Portfolio Review, Cheyenne, WY

PUBLICATIONS (SELECTED)

EXHIBITION CATALOGS

2019
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine, New Work by Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson, exhibition catalog; essay by Maggie Bourque, introduction by Joe Ellis

2017
Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Fellowship Exhibition, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY; essay by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson

2014
Sequencing Through Time & Place: Venice, Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, Margaret Wilson, exhibition catalog

H.L. Hix, Ley Lines; Wilifred Laurer University Press, Canada

2011
Sequencing Through Time & Place: Ucross, London, Fort Laramie, Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, Margaret Wilson, documentation catalog

In the Presence of Trees, Ucross Foundation; exhibition catalog, essay by Irene Borger

Within in the Landscape / the Landscape Within, University of Akron; exhibition catalog, essay by Charles Beneke

2010
Ucross Foundation: Twenty-Seven Years of Visual Arts Residencies, Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center; Lisa Hatchadoorian, curator

2009
Contact 2009, 13th Annual Toronto Photography Festival: Still Revolution, Toronto, Canada

2000
Desert Wind: Contemporary Artists Work in New Mexico: The Ray Graham Collection, Plains Art Museum

1999
Landscape of Mind and Place, Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center; essay by Bruce Richardson

BOOKS AND JOURNALS

2013
Open Window Review, Issue 5, Spring 2013; Lori Howe, editor

2012
High Desert Journal, Nov. 2012

2000
James Luciana, Black and White Photography: Manifest Visions / An International ­­Collection, Gloucester, MA: Rockport Publishers

1995
Irma Gilgore, Lois Katz, and Martha Scott, The Searle Collection of Contemporary Art, 1995

1993
View Camera Magazine, “Readers Gallery,” July / Aug. 1993

AWARDS
2018, 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2005, 1994, 1993   Individual Artist Grant, Wyoming Arts Council
2017     Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award
2016     Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship Award
2014     Finalist, 2015 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum
2005     Bobby Hathaway Memorial Juror’s Award, Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2018
Review. Worth a thousand words: the work of Laramie photographers by Michael Shay, WyoFile.com, March 9, 2018

Interview. Governor’s Arts Award 2017: Susan Moldenhauer by the Wyoming Arts Council, 2018

Review. History of Art? by Dannine Donaho & Camellia El-Antably, WyoFile.com, September 4, 2018

Apollo, The International Art Magazine, Art News Daily, https://www.apollo-magazine.com/richard-long-knighted-in-new-years-honours/, Jan 2, 2018

2017
Review. WyoFile.com, Wyoming to the World: 6 artists make meaning, by Bruce Richardson, October 13, 2017

US News, University of Wyoming Art Museum Director Retires, Dec 24, 2017

Artform, University of Wyoming Art Museum Retires, Dec 28, 2017

Laramie Boomerang, UW Art Museum director retires, Dec 21, 2017

Cody Enterprise, UW Art Museum director retires, Dec 27, 2017

Billings Gazette, University of Wyoming Art Museum director retires, Dec 24, 2017

Hyperallergic, Transitions, Dec 26, 2017

Sheridan Media, University of Wyoming Art Museum director retires, Dec 26. 2017

2016
Review. Touchstone Laramie brought artists together by Camellia El-Antably, WyoFile.com, December 2, 2016

2015
Listing. Susan Moldenhauer, MutualArt.org.

2013
Article. At Home in the West: The Lure of Public Land by William S Sutton, forward by Toby Jurovics, afterword by Susan B. Moldenhauer, GFT Publishing, 2013

Online exhibition. IN QUIRE: A crossing point for ideas, words, images, and energies, an online project by H. L. Hix, 2013

Feature article. Susan Moldenhauer – Issue 5 Featured Artist, by Victoria Alleck, Open Window Review, September 15, 2013

2011    
Gallery 211 Hosts Experimental Exhibition, Explores Concept of Place and Creative Process
, by Mike Gray, Laramie Live, June 14, 2011

2008
Interview. Reality Check Interview with Susan Moldenhauer & Wendy Bredehoft by Jackie Battenfield, The Artist’s Guide, 2008

1999
Feature article, Ucross exhibition, Casper Star-Tribune, Arts & Leisure section, March 28, 1999

1998
Feature article, Six Contemporary Landscape Photographers, Fort Collins Coloradan, December 4, 1998

1995
Feature article, Desert Wind, Weekend Plus, Great Falls Tribune, Thursday, January 26, 1995

1994
Wyoming Arts Council annual publications: Governor’s Arts Award Dinner invitation and program, 1994-95 Annual Report, Artspeak conference materials

Newsgram, Mountain-Plains Museum Association of the American Association of Museums, June 1994

All Arts Newsletter, Wyoming Arts Council, June 1994

All Arts Newsletter, Wyoming Arts Council, May 1994

1993
All Arts Newsletter, Wyoming Arts Council, May 1993

COLLECTIONS

Albertson College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
Coe Libraries, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
College of Law, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Health Sciences Art Collection, University of Virginia, VA
Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Laramie County Community College, Laramie, WY
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Searle Pharmaceutical Corporation, Chicago, IL
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
University of Virginia Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ARTS ADMINISTRATION AND CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2000 – 2017
Director a­­nd Chief Curator, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

1996 – 2000
Assistant Director and Senior Curator, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

1991 – 1996
Curator of Museum Programs, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

1986 – 1991
Director, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

1984 – 1986
Gallery Manager, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, School of Visual Arts, Penn State University

BOARDS, COMMITTEES, AND PROJECTS

2018 –
Neltje Center Steering Committee, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

2017 –
Jentel Foundation Artist Residency Program, board member, Banner, WY

2013 –
Laramie Public Art Coalition, Steering Team and Executive Board, Laramie, W

2012 – 2019
UW President’s Public Art Committee, Laramie, WY

2012 – 2014
Biodiversity Institute Faculty Advisory Committee, University of Wyoming

2011 – 2018
Co-founder and co-administrator, Laramie Mural Project, connecting local artists with local business to advance economic development and beautify Laramie’s historic downtown

2010 –
Founding member, Pipeline Artists Project, ‘pumping art from the energy state of Wyoming, USA,’ www.pipelineartproject.com

2009 – 2014
Reinventing the Geological Museum Advisory Committee, University of Wyoming

2008 –
Co-collaborator, Sequencing Through Time and Place, with artist W. Lemen Bredehoft and dance Margaret Wilson who explore the creative process by working on location: Wyoming, London, Venice

2008 – 2010
Visual Arts Facility Planning Committee, University of Wyoming

2008 – 2009
Long Range Planning Development Advisory Committee, University of Wyoming

2006 –
Co-founder, Touchstone Laramie, an exhibition and sale by the Laramie Artists Project, a consortium of professional artists in Laramie and Albany County, WY

2002 – 2015
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG, board member, Mountain-Plains representative)

2002 – 2011
Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA), board member, AAMG representative