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Artists in Conversation: Susan Yanero and Deborah Kahn


WSS is thrilled to announce the next iteration in our Artists in Conversation series, featuring painters, educators, and longtime friends, Susan Yanero and Deborah Kahn.

Images courtesy of the artists. Left. Deborah Kahn, Under the Hill, 2022, oil on canvas, 36x38" // Right. Susan Yanero, War in Our Backyard, 2019-2020, oil on canvas, 67x67"

This event has now passed. View a recording of the program on the WSS Vimeo page.


Join us for this live, unfiltered, online conversation between painters, educators and longtime friends, Susan Yanero and Deborah Kahn about their process, practice, and materials, what informs their work, and more.

About the Artists Susan Yanero is an artist who creates imagery that reflects her intense feelings of love for other people, and for animals, her awe in the face of the spiritual in life and in the power of nature, anxiety, and the conditions of some of the world's problems. Through her paintings and drawings, Yanero's highly impastoed and vivid work reflects her love of paint's viscosity and its forgiving nature. Yanero's work is currently on view in the WSS gallery and online via Artsy.

Yanero studied at L’Ecole des Arts Decoratif et du Batiment, Grenoble; Carnegie Mellon University, and received her MFA from American University. She has over 30 years of teaching experience at American University and Washington Studio School of which she was a founding member. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Apex Gallery, Art Barn, Courtyard Gallery, Georgetown Art Gallery, and in a solo exhibition at American University Katzen Arts Center. To learn more about Susan visit,

Deborah Kahn is a process painter who constructs figures and places simultaneously. Forms in her paintings move from one reality to another. Figures appear believable yet illusive; they move between male, female, and animals; objects are namable and unnamable; places seem real and unreal. She creates worlds that go beyond the canvas because they appear to have no beginning and no end. For Kahn, fluctuating space is a metaphor for the mind’s fluid movement between the conscious and the unconscious.

Kahn holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Yale University. In 2004, she was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Kahn regularly shows at the Bowery Gallery in New York, NY, and Lex Yeux du Monde Gallery in Charlottesville, VA; she also exhibited at the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, from 2010 to 2020. Kahn’s work has appeared in numerous group shows, including exhibitions at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY, and the Toyota Municipal Museum in Nagoya, Japan. Kahn taught at American University for 23 years and has also taught at Dartmouth College, Yale University, Queens College, and Indiana University. Further details and examples of Kahn’s work may be viewed at

This program is free and open for all, but registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link to join. Questions from the audience will be welcome toward the end of this informal conversation. The program will be auto-captioned and recorded. Click here to RSVP.

WSS and this program are supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This program is also supported in part by the Joan Burgess Shorey Legacy Fund.


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