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