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I, Susan Ferrari Rowley have received the honor of being one of seven Americans invited into “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE” as part of the 18th Venice Biennale of Architecture.  Thirty sculptors were selected from an international field to be in this exhibit, which will run from May 26th until November 25th.  The exhibit will be seen by over 300,000 vistors in Venice, Italy.


This invitation came with an extermely short time frame that makes it very difficult for me to raise the 15,000 euro fee. This fee is required as financial support for the space required to display each artists work in the Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora.  The Global Art Affairs Foundation uses the funds for mounting/dismantling of the exhibition; qualified personnel at the site; publicity; press; banners; 30,000 address international mailing list; 400 page hardcover catalogue; invitations; data for interested contacts for each artist; VIP events; customs, shipping, and much more.


My career has spanned four decades, marked by stellar exhibitions such as Young Americans, showcasing 50 artists under 30 years of age ‘to watch’; extensive national and international competitive exhibitions and awards; the NYS Chancellors Award; the 2013 Visual Artists Award from the Arts & Cultural Council of Rochester; and showing for a decade with the famed international OK Harris Gallery in Manhattan.
I would be proud to represent Rochester among the seven Americans choosen for this exhibtion of distintion. 


I am one of a small number of artists, using fabric as their medium, playing a major role in changing the art world’s perception of what could be sculpture.  The acceptance of fabric as a sculptural medium in the art world grew out of consistently pushing the creative envelope and putting my work into competitions that caused critics and judges to question existing standards for what was thought of as a ‘proper medium for sculpture’.  My work and career chronicles the change in the art world perception of fiber usage from craft, to soft sculpture, to fine art craft, and finally to sculpture.


I have spent my life working for the Rochester community, teaching at Nazareth College; Rochester Institute of Technology; and tenured at Monroe Community College. I have given freely of my time and donated work for many causes over the years, and now, it is my time to ask for help, to represent Rochester in this iconic international exhibition. Not only is this an honor for me, but it is a testament to the depth of the art talent found in Rochester. and draw attention to the culture of Rochester, NY.


"Susan Ferrari Rowley’s hand-sewn polyfiber and welded aluminum sculptures, characterized by linear and planar elements, are implicitly performative. Movement around, under, about, and at distance, is essential to capturing their airy weightlessness and appreciating the exquisite beauty of combined materials. The translucency of the polyfiber forms creates the glowing effects of a light box, while the works’ minimalistic aesthetic has all the craftsmanship needed for expression and no more."

Kathrine Page
Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art
The Delaware Contemporary

It's rare to find an artist who is able to approach form, space, and material as uniquely as Susan. Her thoughtful objects are not only distinctive in their craft, but are also considerate of the spaces they will eventually inhabit. From bold, yet delicately sewn forms created for interiors, to outdoor metal sculptures meant to embrace their natural surroundings, Susan is able to move viewers emotionally with her artistry and attention to detail.

Jonathan Sears
Executive Director & Chief Creative
Professional Artistic Research Projects
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

"We noticed the work of the artist Susan Ferrari Rowley because of the shapes of her sculptures, exploring dimensions like natural elements.
We think that her work is particularly fitting the themes of our exhibition being that Time, Space and Existence are prominent topics in her creations.
The impressive use of the materials and the balance between light and shade as a result of the composition are definitely impressive. "

The GAA Foundation and the Curatorial Team, Venice


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