ABOUT ARTIST SU DOUGLAS MANJE

STATEMENT, BIOGRAPHY AND CURRICULUM VITAE

Artist Su Douglas Manje is an Arizona native who grew up in the farming town of Chandler. She currently lives and works in the desert of east Mesa. She has a Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. She also has degrees in secondary education with an emphasis on art education, drawing and art history. Susan was an art educator for more than 20 years, teaching art to students of all ages.

Susan has exhibited her artwork professionally for over thirty years in Arizona and California. In Scottsdale, Arizona, the C. G. Rein Gallery and the Joan Cawley Gallery represented her work. Her artwork is in numerous private and corporate collections in North America. Susan creates artwork at Arroyo Press Studio, a private printmaking and painting studio founded by husband, artist David Manje.

SU DOUGLAS MANJE ARTIST STATEMENT

I grew up in a desert swept clean of native vegetation in the rural community of Chandler, Arizona. It was a landscape of one-lane roads bordered by irrigation canals and cotton fields. These roads connected the then small towns of the now merged Phoenix community. The vast, clean sky illuminated a horizon of mountains. I could see shadows shimmer and dance on the Superstition Mountains. The true desert was there filled with a forest of Palo Verde and Mesquite trees. In my art, I explore this landscape. I investigate it. I mine it for gold. I wait, watch and map it on my canvas. I tell its stories one vignette at a time. I paint the desert. It is my home and I can keep it safe and close on my canvas. It comforts me.

I have studied art. I have taught art. At first I studied art for my own pleasure. But then I wanted to understand why are some so driven to watch and draw. This led to a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a focus on research methodology. Drawing and painting are research methods. Drawing and painting are our earliest communication methods. They evolved into the abstract concepts of words, sentences, and stories. There is no communication and understanding without visual inspection. I watch and draw. I am a researcher. I document what I see and tell its story.

Drawing is raw, direct truth for me. But painting is different. Painting allows me to embellish upon the structure of drawing with my experience, imagination and color. Painting is intimate and messy. I investigate reality with drawing and embellish it with paint to add little deceptions and innuendo that uncover the essence of my subject.

SU DOUGLAS MANJE CURRICULUM VITAE

SUSAN DOUGLAS MANJE

 

Education

2001                Ed.D.   Northern Arizona University, Art Education, Drawing & Learning Transfer

1994                M.A.    Northern Arizona University, Secondary Art Education, Art History Minor

1991                B.A.    Ottawa University, Secondary Education, Art Education, Art History Minor

 

Selected Exhibitions

 2014             David Manje & Su Douglas Manje ExhibitionJoan Cawley Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

M8k Marks: Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the Mesa Art Center,Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2013                David Manje & Su Douglas Manje ExhibitionJoan Cawley Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Summer Exhibition, Bridges Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

2012                David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Wing It! All Things that Fly, invitation only, I.D.E.A. Museum, Mesa, Arizona

2011                Family Ties Juried Exhibition, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona

David Manje & Su Douglas Manje ExhibitionJoan Cawley Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2010                David Manje & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2009                David Manje, Frank Ybarra & Su Douglas Manje Exhibition, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2008                David Manje, Frank Ybarra & Su Douglas Manje ExhibitionJoan Cawley Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2007                David Manje, Frank Ybarra & Su Douglas Manje ExhibitionJoan Cawley Gallery,Scottsdale, Arizona

October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

July Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2006                October Art Walk Extravaganza, Joan Cawley Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2001                Art in Bloom Juried Exhibition, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

1998                Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1997                Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Art in Bloom Juried Exhibition, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

1996                Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1995               Artists as Educators Invitational, Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, Arizona

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1994                Su Douglas Desert Landscapes, C.G.Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1992                Su Douglas Desert Vignettes, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1991                Su Douglas Desert Vignettes, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1990                Su Douglas Desert Vignettes, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Su Douglas Featured Artist, Gilbert Art Guild Exhibit, Gilbert, Arizona

Su Douglas Landscapes, Turquoise Coyote, San Diego, California

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1989                Su Douglas Desert Landscapes, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1988                Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1987                Su Douglas Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Winter Group Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

1986                Su Douglas Exhibition, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Su Douglas Paintings, Harris Ranch Gallery, Coalinga, California

Winter Group Exhibition, Somerset Galleries, Palm Desert, California

1985:               Su Douglas Desert Landscapes, C. G. Rein Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona

Annual Juried Exhibition, Arizona Artist Guild, Phoenix, Arizona

 

Professional Experience:

2014                Visual Art Instructor, Drawing, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona

2012                Visual Art Instructor, Acrylic Painting, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, Arizona

2012- 1992      Visual Art Instructor, Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, Arizona

1998-1996       Art Education Adjunct Instructor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

1998                National Art Education Association Conference, Chicago, Presentation session on drawing and assessment.

1996               National Art Education Association Conference, New Orleans, Presented session on assessment of art educator instruction.

 

Literature

1999                Zichmanis, Z. (1999, Autumn). The Palo Verde Desert. Wildflower. p. 38.

1991                Zichmanis, Z. (Spring). Su Douglas celebrates the Sonora. Wildflower, cover.

1988                Ropp, T. (October 23). Desert’s palette colors artist’s life. The Arizona Republic, p. 1.

Phoenix Metro Magazine. (February), cover.

1986                Twelve Women Artists of Arizona. (1986, May). Giftmart Calendar. Junior League of Arizona.

1985                Local Artist Highlighted. (1985, June 19-25). North Scottsdale Rancher, p. 16.

 

Collections

Arid Zone Trees, Queen Creek, Arizona

Dave and Busters, Inc., Buster’s Restaurant, Scottsdale, Arizona

Chandler School District, Chandler, Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

Gertrudes Restaurant, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

Harris Ranch Restaurant, Coalinga, California

Indian Hills Golf Resort, Riverside, California

John Douglas Architecture, Scottsdale, Arizona

Steve Martino Landscape Design, Phoenix, Arizona

Westin La Paloma Resort, Tucson, Arizona

Private Collection in United States and Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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