Solo Show at AIA Baltimore: Leftovers and Breezeblocks
to Aug 1

Solo Show at AIA Baltimore: Leftovers and Breezeblocks

BALTIMORE, MD, June 6th, 2019

Please join AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation for the opening reception of Leftovers and Breezeblocks, Suzy Kopf’s solo show at AIA Baltimore June 6, from 5-7pm. The show will be up through August 1st, 2019 from 9-5PM each day and by appointment.

LEFTOVERS: The Last Streetcar Sites (first floor gallery)
This project truly began in the summer of 2014 when the artist moved to Baltimore by way of Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. Coming from the American west, driving is part of her artistic practice; it’s the way she gets to know a new place, a scavenger hunt she enacts with herself. She tried to make sense of the maze of one-way streets and mixture of architectural styles she had never seen before and noticed she was looking for patterns, connections and systems that would align Baltimore with the other cities she has lived in.

On Kopf’s early Baltimore drives, she was intrigued by odd structures like the Falls Road Waiting Shelter and imposing buildings like Park Terminal that immediately felt like they came out of another time. Baltimore’s unique blend of buildings quickly became one of her favorite things about the city and a focus of her work.

It wasn’t until Kopf began research in the Baltimore Streetcar Museum’s archives in the summer of 2017 that she realized that the system that brought together neighborhoods in the network she was looking for doesn’t exist anymore. Streetcars were taken out of service in Baltimore in the fall of 1963 and the system has been slowly dismantled in the decades since. The remaining thirty-eight sites in this series of watercolor collages are testament to a history that is disappearing.

Nostalgia always rides a fine line, and this project is nostalgic for something that worked that no longer works. Public transportation in Baltimore today is an embarrassment few people will protest. She sees this work as an investigation of the past through today’s remainders: what locations have been preserved so far and which have fallen away and asks us to consider, why?

BREEZEBLOCKS: The Last Levittown (basement gallery)
Between 1947 and the early 1970s real-estate developers the Levitt Brothers built more than 140,000 houses, mostly in the continental United States and then later internationally. At the height of construction, the Levitt brothers built a house every sixteen minutes. These tract housing suburbs represent the first affordable housing option for many GIs returning from WWII and are considered to be a physical embodiment of a version of the American Dream of homeownership for the masses. Kopf’s ongoing body of work, Dream House, draws upon the carefully crafted architectural plans, advertising and design elements the company used in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico to establish their brand in the American ethos of attainable, yet aspirational, luxury.

In March of 2017 Kopf traveled to Puerto Rico’s Levittown and documented the well-preserved midcentury homes there. Back in Baltimore working from photographs, she painted the tropical “Last Levittown” (nicknamed such because it was the last town to be built bearing the brothers’ name) as Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. The paintings function as a testament both to the impermanence of the seemingly permanent and to our government’s efforts to conceal unpleasant realities from its citizens. In protest of this, she has been donating the proceeds of sales from this series towards the still on-going relief efforts.

Unable to conclusively find out if the homes she painted still exist or in what condition they are more than eighteen months after the storm, Kopf returned to Levittown in the February of 2019. From that visit, she painted the series of twelve watercolors displayed in the gallery.

Kopf believes the midcentury was the last truly optimistic time in American design history and enjoys looking for the cracks in the seemingly perfect veneer of this time. Examining the midcentury today uncovers scores of problematic scenarios and realities that we must still confront today.

First floor and basement galleries
American Institute of Architects - Baltimore Chapter
11 1/2 W Chase St, #1
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Processing, Collective Show at Old Stone House
to Feb 15

Processing, Collective Show at Old Stone House

Exhibition Opening: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: October 20, 2018-February 15, 2019
Hours: Fridays, 3-6pm or by appointment; call 718-768-3195
Location: The Old Stone House & Washington Park, 336 Third Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Participating Artists: Jessica Dalrymple, John Fisk, Natalie Fisk, Abigail Groff Hernandez, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Suzy Kopf, Mary Negro

Katherine Gressel, Curator

Brooklyn, NY: On Saturday, October 20, The Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) will host an opening reception for Processing, an exhibition of current work by the eight members of the artist collective Gowanus Swim Society.

“Processing” is defined as “a series of changes taking place in a definite manner,” including the “systematic organization, treatment or preparation of materials.” The artists in Processing all manipulate art materials through intentional, systematic procedures that sometimes incorporate chance. The resulting work teeters between representation and abstraction – teasing recognizable forms out of abstract ones or abstracting recognizable elements through stripping down or layering/obscuring.  Specific works were selected for the exhibition that can trace the evolution of most artists’ work processes.

Psychologists refer to “processing trauma” as transforming painful emotions into constructive meaning.   Many of these artists view their practice as a way to elucidate or overcome specific personal or societal obsessions, fears, or anxieties—such that the manipulation of art materials becomes a therapeutic process.

The opening of Processing coincides with Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) an annual weekend-long event in which local artists invite the public into their studios. By continuing to participate in GOS each year, OSH hopes to both support local artists and call attention to their increased displacement from this community as a result of gentrification. Once all based out of a no longer extant central Gowanus location, the Gowanus Swim Society artists are now dispersed across New York City or other cities. These shifts have also impacted their individual and collective work processes.

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Leftovers: The Last Streetcar Sites
1:00 PM13:00

Leftovers: The Last Streetcar Sites

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is pleased to present Leftovers, a solo show of paintings by local artist Suzy Kopf, which will be free and open to the public on Saturday May 12th, 2018, from 1-4PM as part of a day of programming at the museum. The series of thirty-nine watercolor collages chronicle the remaining locations in Baltimore and beyond related to the once expansive streetcar system.

In addition to the art exhibition, the Museum will be offering free admission to the collection as well as streetcar rides from noon-5PM on Saturday, May 12th. Area vendors will be offering refreshments.

Learn more about the project:

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Strong Lines, Five Person show at The Delaware Contemporary
to Jul 28

Strong Lines, Five Person show at The Delaware Contemporary

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May 4 - July 28, 2018
Opening reception Friday May 4, from 5 to 9 pm during Art Loop

Strong Lines is a group exhibition juried by Michael Kalmbach featuring regional artists Paula Cahill, Brian Conaty, Phyllis Gorsen, Suzy Kopf, and Gregg Morris.

Though distinct in their style, each artist examines geometry and explores linear structures while moving beyond traditional approaches to painting. The first shape one learns to make as a child is a line, a scribble, the connection between two points. As we grow up, the crayon is replaced by a pencil, the pencil by a pen, the pen by a keyboard. Sometimes the artist in us doesn’t survive beyond childhood; our focus is on finding work to pay for important things in life. Sometimes the artist in us persists, and no matter what distraction or hardship comes along we keep creating. The artists included in this exhibition have stopped at nothing to keep painting; their journey through life reflects their strong lines.

Beckler Family Members' Gallery

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Das Kolorit: An Opening at the Austrian Cultural Forum
to Feb 17

Das Kolorit: An Opening at the Austrian Cultural Forum

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I am honored to be the American woman in this internationally focused 4 person show.


There is no unifying theory of painting. Manifestos, if they still exist, are not what they used to be. Nor are assemblies or encounters with strangers. Surveys of 'capital p' PAINTING suggest that color is important nowadays. Tropics are topical. Monochromes are not monolithic end-alls. A rainbow of monochromes is on the receding née approaching horizon. Domestic themes are in but domesticity, per se, is out. Is it nostalgia? Is it about travel? What do signs say and how are they colored? What do colors say - how do they signify? And what about books?

No matter. 2017. Here we are: two Americans and two Austrians; all of us who make paintings;all of us who use color; brought together by one of us who makes books.


Curated by Markus Kircher, this exhibition will feature recent work by Daniel Domig, Markus Kircher, Suzy Kopf, and Champneys Taylor. The show will present four different takes on painting. Painting as a medium of freedom and concentration shows itself from its variable and curious side; from figuration to abstraction.

OPENING RECEPTION JANUARY 17, 7:30pm. Please RSVP to attend the reception here:

Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Ct NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008.

Show runs until February 17.

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Gowanus Swim Society Presents Natural/Unnatural
to Oct 16

Gowanus Swim Society Presents Natural/Unnatural

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A series of events presented by Gowanus Swim Society, an art collective.

Natural/Unnatural Open Studios Party
Please join Gowanus Swim Society at the Natural/Unnatural Saturday open studio
after party. Enjoy video art, live music/performance, drink specials, and meet artists
participating in Gowanus Open Studios!

Where: Halyards: 406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
When: Saturday, October 15th, 6pm-close (4am)
Details: Free and open to the public, drink specials all night
Featuring art curated by Joonhyun Hwang and Keun Young Park,
Brooklyn Art Cluster/Square Dot Plus Studios.
Video art by Ginny Huo, Jordie Oetken, Rachel Rampleman, and Matthew C. Wilson
Live music from Vajra, Hair Club, and June Submarine

Natural/Unnatural group exhibition
Gowanus Swim Society is a collective of artists living and/or working in Gowanus.
The Natural/Unnatural group exhibition will present painting, drawing, collage,
sculpture and video created by the members of Gowanus Swim Society. Come see
art and meet the artists!

Where: Square Dot Plus Studio, 540 President Street, between 3rd/4th Ave
When: October 15th-16th, Noon-6pm
Details: Free and open to the public in conjunction with Gowanus Open Studios
Featuring John Azelvandre, Jessica Dalrymple, Jen Dwyer, Ari Eshoo, John Fisk,
Natalie Fisk, Abbie Groff, Kristen Haskell, Melissa Johnson, Christina Kelly, Suzy
Kopf, and Mary Negro

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Special thanks to Brooklyn Art Cluster:
Special thanks to Square Dot Plus Studio:

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MFA in Studio Art Exhibition
to Jul 9

MFA in Studio Art Exhibition

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I'm excited to announce after 3.5 years of school, a very long, focused 2 semesters and 1 week of install, my thesis show exhibition is up! The show is on view from June 24th through July 9th.

We're having a CLOSING reception on July 8th from 5pm-7pm, and I will be giving an Artist Talk on July 5th at 5:30Pm in the Lazarus Auditorium, across the hall from the gallery.

More information about the works in the show and a link to our press release here.

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Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2016
to Feb 28

Mid-Atlantic New Painting 2016

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I am extremely pleased to have been selected for this year's Mid-Atlantic new painting show at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA. The show opens January 15th and will be up for 6 weeks.

Opening and Juror talk with Lauren Ross January 14th from 5-7pm.

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The Gaps Between Us
to Sep 1

The Gaps Between Us

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A painting group show featuring the work of myself, Damon Arhos, Sarah Clough Chambers and Kirk Daniel Palmer will open on August 21st and run through September 1st.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8pm at Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to host The Gaps Between Us, an exhibition of work by MICA Low-Residency MFA candidates Damon Arhos, Sarah Clough Chambers, Suzy Kopf, and Kirk Daniel Palmer. The exhibition runs from Friday, August 21 to Sunday August 30. There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, August 21, 6-8pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays 1-6pm or by appointment.

Working from traditions of painting, the artists in this show use the formats of painting to explore a diverse range of themes related to contemporary American culture. These include leisure culture, personal histories, queer identity, and the nature of perception. A unifying theme of the work is the relationship to traditional approaches to painting, while simultaneously pushing the limits if the medium's scale and material presence. Perhaps most importantly, personal friendship unifies this group of individuals, each of whom occupies a different age bracket and each of whom have a unique biography. Their identity as a group speaks to the potential for visual art to diminish separateness and create new paths of communication among individuals who are otherwise quite different from one another.

The MICA Low-Residency program is an unconventional course of study for the MFA degree. In place of the traditional two-year program, Low-Residency convenes over four summer sessions at the MICA campus in Baltimore, MD. For the remainder of the year, students have the option to live and maintain a studio practice elsewhere. This model attracts students from diverse geographical locations and cultural backgrounds, and often with expertise in other fields.

This exhibition is curated by Ortega y Gasset member Eric Hibit.
For more information, please contact Eric Hibit at or Suzy Kopf at

Ortega y Gasset Projects, 363 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215



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You've Got Mail!
to Aug 16

You've Got Mail!

I am participating in a summer group show, You've Got Mail! at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY featuring artist made postcards all retailing for $50. The event is a benefit for Gowanus based nonprofit Arts Gowanus.

The opening reception is July 22nd from 6-8:30PM.

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Submerged, Gowanus Swim Society at Governors Island
to Sep 28

Submerged, Gowanus Swim Society at Governors Island

Governors Island Art Fair

Each Saturday + Sunday throughout September
11AM - 6PM

Gowanus Swim Society is pleased to announce their participation in the 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair. GIAF is New York’s largest independent exhibition and will feature 100 rooms of multidisciplinary works of art, located within abandoned army barracks at Governors Island. The swimmers of GSS have created an aquatic installation titled SUBMERGED, that integrates the complex history of the Gowanus Canal with the varying artistic styles of its members. Gowanus Swim Society would like to extend an open invitation to attend their newest project.

The Summer 2014 Swim Team is comprised of artists John Azelvandre, Jennifer Dwyer, John Fisk, Abbie Groff, Kristen Haskell, Christina Kelly, Suzy Kopf, Natalie Lomeli, Mary Negro, and Justin Whitkin.

Gowanus Swim Society is an artist collective based in and out of the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The collective is focused on creating a forum for critique, resourceful dialogue, collaboration, and the presentation of artwork. It is the goal of GSS to create a social space for the expansion of artistic community in the Gowanus neighborhood. More information about the collective can be found at

Additional information regarding the hours and operations of the Governor’s Island Art Fair along with ferry schedule can be located at

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