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Susan Gallacher

Susan Gallacher was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1946. She is a painter who specializes in figurative genre, floral still life, and plein air landscapes. She is also an art educator and gallery owner. She lives in Salt Lake City and maintains an artist retreat in Spring City, Utah.

Gallacher studied art at the University of Utah where Paul Davis and Ed Maryon were strong influences. In the 1970s, she began her career teaching art in secondary schools. Gallacher taught at the University of Utah and in King's Gallery and Academy of Art, which she established in 1984.

Gallacher's work has been exhibited throughout Utah . A Young Married Couple (1998) is an example of her work. The Unwritten Letter (1995) was shown in the spring salon at the Springville Museum of Art. Gallacher has turned her attention to painting scenes of the homeless in Utah -exemplified in The Homeless and Their Shanties, a 1998 exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art.

For more information on the artist contact: susan@susangallacher.com

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Susan Gallacher (1946-), was born and raised in Salt Lake City, where she developed an early interest in art and studied at the University of Utah. In the 1970's she began her career as an art teacher with positions in the Granite and Jordan School Districts. In 1984, she established, and is the director of, Kings Cottage Gallery and Art School (now King's Gallery and Academy of Art) where she regularly teaches. She is also an instructor in the University of Utah Continuing Education Program.

She has had many solo shows, highlighted by an exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art. Gallacher paints with oil and watercolor and specializes in realistic depictions of figurative genre, floral still life, and landscape painting using a brushy plein-air manner. "When I paint," she observed, "the weather, light, and fragrance in the air, my mood, all add to the spirit of the day and the essence of the painting experience." Her works also include wood-block prints and sculpture. Her work appeared in the Utah Art Extra-Ordinaire show at the Springville Museum of Art in 1988.

More recent displays include 2004 showings at the Fairview Museum of History and the Central Utah Art Center, and a 2005 display at the Loge Gallery in the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre on the University of Utah Campus. Her major exhibition The Homeless and Their Shanties was shown at the S.M.A.to much public and critical acclaim in 1998. Many of the paintings included on this web site are from that exhibition.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"The 69th Utah Spring Salon: Prestigious Show Features Variety of Artistic Styles." The Deseret News, May 9, 1993.

"And Now, The Nudes." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 16, 2002.

"Art '99: B.Y.U. Museum Makes a Splash; Others Curl Up at Springville Salon." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 26, 1999.

"'Art is for Everyone' at Cosgriff Art Festival." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 18, 1999.

"Artist's Mixed-Media Drawing Inspired By Personal Experience, Religious Beliefs." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 3, 1993.

"Brush Up on Art Tonight at Gallery Stroll." The Salt Lake Tribune, July 18, 2003.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, April 7, 2002.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, June 4, 2000.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 6, 2000.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 7, 1999.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 17, 1998.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, March 8, 1998.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 11, 1998.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 16, 1997.

"Covering the Mainstream From Off the Beaten Path." The Salt Lake Tribune, July 9, 2000.

"Gallacher Paints the Homeless Without Sentiment or Bias." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 14, 1999.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, November 22, 1998.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, November 8, 1998.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, December 18,1994.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, December 27, 1992.

"Galleries of Gifts." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 29, 1998.

"Getting a Bounce in Spring City." The Salt Lake Tribune, May 19, 2002.

"Of Human Hardship." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 14, 1999.

"Participants in the 2003 Color of the Land Art Exhibit." The Deseret News, July 17, 2003.

"S.L. Exhibits Offer Distinctive Gifts At Affordable Prices To Brighten Yule." The Deseret News, December 15, 1991.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, May 16, 2004.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, February 22, 2004.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, November 23, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, May 4, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, December 15, 2002.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, July 21, 2002.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, July 8, 2001.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, December 24, 2000.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, January 16, 2000.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, April 30, 2000.

"Spring City Artists." The Deseret News, May 8, 2003.

"Spring City Hosting an Art Sale May 24." The Deseret News, May 8, 2003.

"Visual Art Alvin Gittins Gallery." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 21, 1999.

"Visual Arts Calendar." The Salt Lake Tribune, December 30, 1994.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, February 13, 2005.

"Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, November 12, 1993.

Periodicals

15 Bytes. "Outside Salt Lake: Streetfest & B.D.A.C." 15 Bytes. http://www.artistsofutah.org/15bytes/03aug/page6.html (accessed 30 June 2008).

Gallacher, Susan. "About the Artist." Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, v. 29 (1996).

Gallacher, Susan. "Artists in Residence." Utah Preservation: Building on the Past, v. 6 (2002), 24-25.

Seifrit, William C. "Spring Salon Serves Up Substance and Style" 15 Bytes. http://www.artistsofutah.org/15bytes/05june/page1.html (accessed 30 June 2008).

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