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The exhibition will feature new paintings and drawings created by the artist during the past two years of pandemic isolation.



Washington, DCWashington Studio School (WSS) is pleased to present Susan Yanero: Paintings and Drawings, an exhibition of new work completed during the past two years of pandemic isolation by the D.C. artist and Washington Studio School founding faculty member. The exhibition invites viewers into Yanero’s vivid and highly impastoed world through more than 20 paintings and drawings of varying scales and will be on view from May 6 to July 1, 2022.

In an essay featured in the 2013 catalogue accompanying Yanero’s exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, painter Alan Feltus says:

"Susan's paintings come from deep within herself and at the same time have the wisdom of great painters from the history of is clear that Susan internalizes her understanding of the paintings of past centuries in a kind of innocently direct and honest way, almost unconsciously. It is as though Duccio, Masaccio, and Uccello reside within her being and have become inseparable from herself...I believe few painters have so vivid an inner world as the content of their work, so interesting a personal mythology, so magnificently depicted. And few painters are as true to themselves and as far from pretense as Susan Yanero."

Artist Statement

I feel life intensely and it is essential for me to create imagery from these intense feelings: feelings of love for other people and for animals, awe in the face of the spiritual in life and in the power of nature, and anxiety from the conditions of some of the world's problems. I need to create forms that give visual clarity to these feelings.

I love making art or attempting to make art. I feel closer to something more than myself – losing touch with the everyday experience of life and trusting in the creative spirit, losing a sense of time, and just working, purely.

I love the viscosity of paint, the forgiving nature of it, and the fact that it can be very built-up. I need to make my forms have strength, to have a presence. I spend a lot of time with each painting. Of course, I hope they can communicate something to the viewer. If so, that completes the process.

About the Artist

Susan 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 the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. To learn more about Yanero visit,

Read more by Alan Feltus on Susan and her work on the blog. Painters on Paintings.

To view the exhibition online, visit our Artsy page.

Related programming

Join Susan Yanero and fellow painter, educator and longtime friend, Deborah Kahn for the next iteration of our Artists in Conversation on June 8th from 6:30 to 8 pm EST. Click here to learn more and to register. To watch a recording of this program, click here.

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For more information, or to request images, please contact Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Managing Director, at



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 The American University Museum, Katzen Center, Washington D.C.

2013 Washinton Studio School, Washington, D.C, drawings

2010 D'Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia

2009 Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

2005 Apex Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2001 Marlborough Gallery, P.G. Community College, Maryland

2000 Courtyard Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1995 Mattawoman Art Center, La Plata, Maryland,

1989 Courtyard Gallery, Washington, D.C,

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Katzen Center, American University

2018 Frame Factory, Vienna Va.

2016 Marlboro Gallery, Prince Georges Community College, Maryland

2015 Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

2011 Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

2008 The American University Museum, Katzen Center, Washington, D.C.

2007 Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

2007 The American University Museum,Katzen Center, Washington, D.C.

2006 Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.

2003 The Courtyard Gallery, Washington, D.C

2001 Watkins Gallery, American University Washington, D.C.

2000 The Courtyard Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1999 The Washington Studio School Benefit Exhibition, Wash., D.C.,

1998 The Marlborough Gallery, Prince

1998 George’s Community College, Maryland

1998 The Artist’s Museum, Washington, D.C.

1998 The Artist’s Association, New York, NY.

1993 Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.

1990 Georgetown University Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1988 Andrew Foyer Gallery, College of William and Mary, Maryland

1987 DC-Chicago-Philadelphia Art Exchange, Twelve Washington Artists

1986 Circle Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1985. R Street Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1984 Galerie in der Zeile, Munich, Germany,

1983 Watkins Gallery, Washington, D.C., Paintings

1978 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia, Paintings


1976-1978 M.F.A. American University, Washington, D.C.

1973-1974 Beaux Arts, (Les Arts Decoratifs et Du Batiment),Grenoble,Fr

1971-1972 Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1965-1969 Fairmont State College, Fairmont, W.V. B.A., Art and French


1985-2018 Washington Studio School taught drawing and painting

1982-2007 American University, Adjunct Assoc. Professor drawing & painting


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