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Susan C. Bickford
56 Falls Rd. Newcastle, Maine 04553 phone: (207)329-8311                                   
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Curriculum Vitae 2018



Maine College of Art, Masters of Fine Art in Studio Art, 2001 

Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelors of Industrial Design, 1986 Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, 1985                                                                                                                         

Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs                                            

Certified Forest Therapy Guide December 2017


The Maine Arts Commission Individual Fellowship for Media and Performance 2017

Selected Exhibitions and Commissions:

Maine International Film Festival on Edge July 2018                                                                  

Installation of (stillness)15 a 5 screen synched video projection from collaborative retreat

The (stillness) project a deep ecology retreat and performance August 2015, 2016, 2017 June 2018

Visionary, organizer, collaborator, videographer

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art October 2017

Leading an artist intervention in the gardens consisting of a forest therapy walk, field drawing and foraged tea

Rhode Island School of Design October 2015

Collaborative Portrait Project RISD: Seven four foot collaborative portraits of legacy professors made with 175 RISD Alumni from around the world

Musical Concert of Laraaji Nadabrahmananda December 2015
Video projection designer

University of Maine at Augusta Danforth Gallery

UMA 50/Faces 50 Portraits : Five collaborative portraits of notable Alumni made by 144 UMA community members
University of Maine at Augusta Danforth Gallery

University of Maine at Augusta Danforth Gallery

Collaborative Portrait Project Farmers Edition: Ten four foot portraits of CSA Farmers made collaboratively by 250 high-school students and their teachers

Englewood Art Center A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, Jan. 2013

Polyphemus: An immersive installation of interactive projected video, sound and installation.

Harlow Gallery Hallowell, Waterville, Brunswick, April 2012 – Feb. 2013 

CSA: CSA group show: Paired with Goranson Organic Farm in Dresden, 50 minute video, monthly zine of working farm.

University of New England Art Gallery Oct. - Dec. 2012 

Maine Women Pioneers 3, Vanguard: featuring experimental and innovative works by nine Maine artists who offer insights into the future using mixed media, conceptual installation, performance and video elements. 
Torndado, an immersive installation of interactive projected video and automated sculpture.

Theater at Monmouth Monmouth ME, Summer 2012

Projection designer for production of “Point Last Seen”, by Hannah Nyala, directed by Dawn McAndrews + Odelle Bowman

Charles Danforth Gallery, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta Maine, Jan. 2012

FLOAT/PLAY: Electronic Arts Collaborative Exhibition
An extension of research with faculty Robert Rainey, community member Kerstin Gilg and Clay Waites

Heartwood Regional Theater Company, Newcastle ME, Spring/Summer 2011
Head projection team, animation designer for production of "Sunday in the Park with George", by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Griff Braley

Charles Danforth Gallery, University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta Maine, Sept. - Oct., 2009         

Solo show: Precarious Balance a show of interactive video installation, projected video, electronic sculpture, drawings and collaborative performance.

Colby College, Strider Theater November 13-21, 2009, Waterville Maine    

Video projection designer for Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Lynne Conner.

Portland Stage Company, Portland Maine, May 2010,
Video projections for a production of Snapshot Silhouette, by Kia Corthron, directed by Odelle Bowman.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport Maine, August 2007
Up Close, juried show, “warrior2poet”, video

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, February, 2006 
“FF>>: Duet for Piano Hydraulic Lift & vol. F”, Collaborative performance, and video installation.

University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, Maine, February - March, 2006                             

Working together: working apart: Solo show, video, installation, performance, iris prints.                    

In My Backyard 1,2,3 ,4 & 5, Yarmouth, ME, June, July August , 2001-2005
Organizing, promoting, producing this annual international art and performance festival of over 80 artists

SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine, June 2005 
“Tranpsyrenation”, collaborative multi-media performance with video sound and installation             

Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine, Cassandra Project, May 2005, 2006                                   

“I want to talk to you”, Solo performance, spoken word, movement, video projection.                           

Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Maine, April, 2005
Landing and Compost before Fire, Projected Video

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine, March 2005                                                

Faculty of the Next Generation: Video and Iris Prints from In my Backyard                                                

SPACE Gallery, Portland Maine, January/February 2005                                                                            

“Light in the Dark”, Curator for a show of Installation, Sculpture and Performance                         

University of Maine Augusta, Jewett Gallery, December – February 2004                          

“FeedBack” Curator for a six person sculpture/installation show for the University Gallery.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine, March 2004                                                                            

Table, “Plugged In”, juried festival of new media and performance, video installation
Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland Maine, Juried Alumni Show, November 2003
Still Undetermined, Performative Installation.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College Art Gallery, Hartford CT, Sept./Oct. 2003
Letting Go, Solo installation/ including projected video.

College Art Association, Philadelphia PA, February, 2002
“The Signal,” Gave performative paper and showed video work as part of a panel.
Performance Studies International, Annual Conference, New York University, 2002
About Time a collaborative cell phone conversation with Shannon Riley.

University of New England Art Gallery, Portland ME “A prelude to an Apocalypse”, September 2002 Morning Remains and Total Undetermined, Collaborative performance, Waiting for a Sound, a solo installation with projected video.

University of California, Riverside, Dance under Construction: Moving Theory, 2002

Performative lecture on Meeting the Beast as it was inspired by the theory of Emmanuel Levinas.

The St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center, November 2001 
Meeting the Beast, Conceived of and directed cast of 25, video, dancers, musicians, and installation artists to co-create this theater performance based on the texts of Emanuel Levinas

Saco Museum, Saco, ME, “Inspired by Saco: Artists respond to the Collection of the Saco Museum, 2001 
21st Century Digital Portrait Painter, performance /video projection

Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY, “The Spiritual in Art,” 2000 
Window to the Outside World, Solo performance, projected video, sound.

Teaching and Related Experience:

Co-Director/Director of Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta 2017 - present

Curating 3 shows in Fall semester, 4 student shows in spring semester annually, focus on programming to bring Maine Artists into the Gallery for talks and performative dinners. CAUSE Club faculty liaison, facilitating weekly pot-luck lunches in the Gallery for Artists across disciplines. @danforthgallery on Facebook

Midcoast Maine Forest Therapy

Leading forest therapy walks at The Midcoast Conservancy Hidden Valley Nature Center

University of Maine, Orono (Graduate Intermedia Program) 2013 -2016                                         

Associate Graduate Faculty Member: IMD 530 Topics in Technological Development; Interactive Installation, Intermedia Studio Critique 2 & 3, IMD 561 Research Studio 2: Collaboration

University of Maine at Augusta 2003 – Present 

Adjunct Professor: 2-Dimensional Design, Contemporary Studio Practices and Theory, Electronic Arts 2, Modern Art 2, Senior Seminar, 3-Dimensional Design, Art 100                                                                     

The Bickford Education Center 2014 – Present                                                                                           

Board of Directors, Secretary                                                                                                                       

Rippleffect, Cow Island, June-August, 2005 - 2008                                                                

Artist in Residence, video Instructor/editor, environmental art, ring making, Adventure Kayaking Leadership School

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