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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Susan Danko

Home 1474 West Sprague Road County: Cuyahoga
Parma Ohio 44134 United States
Home Phone: 216 554-3681 Website:


Susan Danko has been creating and exhibiting her artwork since receiving a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998. As a student she received honors including the Joseph McCullough painting award, and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel painting fellowship from Yale University. Susan received Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in 2021 and 2013, and was awarded a Fine Arts Work Center / OAC collaborative residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the summer of 2013. She served as a visual artist in residence at Shenandoah National Park in the summer of 2020.

Danko has shown her work in solo, group and invitational exhibitions at a variety of venues including the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Butler Museum of American Art, MOCA Cleveland, The Moss art Center at Virginia Tech, and SPACES gallery in Cleveland. Publications include the CAN Journal; 2014, Studio Visit Magazine; 2012, and Angle Magazine in 2006. Reviews have been published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, Scene Magazine, The Provincetown Banner, and the Columbus Dispatch.

Susan’s paintings have been included in prominent art collections including the Cleveland Clinic, the Ohio Arts Council, Nordson Corporation, and The United States Embassy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She is represented by Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland.

Artist Statement

As a contemporary landscape artist, experiencing the natural environment is an integral part of my creative process. My observations of the natural world serve as the source material for the work that I make. Over years of observing, I have noted many gradual transformations in the sites that I frequent. As a witness to the environmental changes that are occurring, I am compelled to make artwork that address the new realities of our environment today -A world where invasive species, extreme weather, and environmental degradation are steadily becoming the new normal.

The pieces that I create are informed by my thoughts and responses to the new state of our contemporary natural environment. They are constructed from both memory and observation, and arise from real and imagined environmental scenarios. With them, I examine the power and fragility of nature caught in a state of flux between destruction and renewal. In creating this work, I hope to raise awareness, and inspire a greater respect for the environment that we all share.

The formal issues addressed in my work stem from my interest in the tensions between abstraction and representation, order and chaos, and the natural versus the artificial. These polarities are fitting to my theme as they mirror the conflict present in our environment today. Grappling to reconcile these drastic and disparate qualities provides the creative challenge which drives my work. Within these polarities lies a visual language that I find challenging and exciting to explore.