About

About

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

Susan Moldenhauer explores ideas and ways of image-making that embrace advancing technology, the landscape as a foundational element, the search for aesthetic and poetic experiences, and a continuing questioning of 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 poetic, lyrical work evokes the synthesis of light, darkness, movement and moment.

Moldenhauer is an artist, 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 27 years of administrative and curatorial work. She co-founded artist and public art projects and continues to participate in these efforts. She also collaborates with an artist and dancer to explore the creative process through 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.

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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 

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, OR

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)

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; HL.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

RESIDENCIES

2017

Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY

Carissa Mine, South Pass City Historic Site, South Pass City, 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

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 & Camillia El-Antably, WyoFile.com, September 4, 2018

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

2017

Review. Wyoming to the World: 6 artists make meaning, by Bruce Richardson, WyoFile.org, 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; pages 8-9

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

2019

Portfolio Review, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

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, Laramie, WY

2012 –

UW President’s Public Art Committee, Laramie, WY

2012 – 2014

Biodiversity Institute Faculty Advisory Committee, University of Wyoming

2011 – 2018

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