Selected works and media covering a lifetime career of Painting, Teaching and Exhibiting including traditional watercolor, some mixed water media, some acrylic on canvas by Susan Laansma Pollins to be held at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 Main Street, Downtown Galax, VA. 24333 from January 2022-July 2022
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Susan Laansma Pollins received a Bachelor of Science in Design from the College of Architecture and Design, University of Michigan. She taught art at Southfield Public School in Michigan. A frequent instructor, juror and demonstrator, she has taught in continuing education programs at Seton Hill University, Penn State University and Westmoreland County Community college as well as classes at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Greensburg Art Center and art organizations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. She is past president of the Women’s Committee of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and served as interim as Education Coordinator and for 22 years as a docent. She was a co-owner of Greensburg Art Supply for 18 years. Now working out of Walnut Hill Studio, she is an elected signature member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, past president and board member of the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, elected member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, past officer and board member of the Greensburg Art Club, elected member of Group A. She is a rostered artist in the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts/Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art- artist in residence- Arts in Education program and has completed over 35 of these programs since 1995. She has served on the Board of Directors of Touchstone Center for Crafts and currently serves on the Board of Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She is a core member of the East of Eastside Gallery and a member of The Pittsburgh Group. Sue’s work has been exhibited in more than 35 exhibits as a featured artist plus innumerable regional and national juried shows. Her pieces are found in private and corporate collections plus the collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
The Greensburg Area Cultural Council awarded her “Artist of the Year” in 1999. The Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations awarded her “The Heart and Soul Award for Merit of Individual Achievement” in 2002 for her work with Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Touchstone awarded her “Artist of the Year” in 2009. Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art granted her a “Service of the Arts Award” in 2013. Most recently, Sue has been honored to be selected a Master Visual Artists VII: Preserving the Legacy, for her career, achievements and contributions to the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Berensfeld Gallery, Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh in 2020.
“ My work presents examples of the many ways water interacts with pigment to divide pictorial space to create images greater than the sum of their parts. They exemplify path of discovery wherein the elements of design rather than replication of subject inspire each piece. Recurrent themes mingle with emergent ideas to feed an energy that is seemingly boundless and valid for my ongoing artistic journey. I savor the industry and opportunity to continue in depth my search for actualities and abstractions, intellectually and aesthetically. This is but a moment in my travels, I invite you to walk with me on that path. I would hope you could enhance these images with your own knowledge and experiences, creating a synergy and growth to us both. I would not write a novel but a poem enhanced by our common humanity. Your added energies create a bond to enrich us all. ‘