About Susan Eder’s Art Practice


Born in St. Louis, MO, Susan Eder received her BFA degree from the University of Michigan and her MFA degree from Ohio State University. Her art is included in museum, corporate and private collections and has been shown and reviewed widely, in national and international venues. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State Arts Councils of New York, Massachusetts and Virginia, the Fairfax County Arts Council and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. From 1994 to 2009, a solo show of her work titled “Contemplating the Obvious: Photographic Studies by Susan Eder” traveled statewide under the sponsorship of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Described by one critic as “less a documentarist than a kind of freewheeling social philosopher with a camera,”* Eder’s content-oriented approach was influenced early on by conceptual art and structuralist film-making. Using gentle interventions and curious juxtapositions, her art uncovers the metaphoric power lurking in everyday objects.

* Alice Thorson, Washington City Paper, Feb. 1-7, 1991


This site provides an overview of Eder's work, showing selected samples from the various series she has created. Curators, writers or collectors wishing to see more images from specific series may contact us directly or the Marsha Mateyka Gallery.

Susan’s résumé (PDF)