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Susan Kirby


Susan Kirby is a self-taught visionary painter. She was born in Salt Lake City. She has lived in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; San Francisco, California; and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. While attending cooking school in Paris, she discovered herself as an artist. Years later, in 1985, a dream told her to quit a nursing job and paint. In 1992, she had a one-woman show at the Salt Lake Art Center. She has also shown around the U.S. and in 1998 had a one-woman show in San Miguel de Allende. She has enjoyed many private commissions from prominent Utahns. Her mural work can be seen at the Oyster Bar in Salt Lake City.



Gallery Representation

Phillips Gallery, 444 E. 200 South,  Salt Lake City, UT

Artist Images


”Family Portrait”, 5′ by 7′, oil / canvas, 1974

“Self Portrait”, 7′ by 9′, oil / canvas, 1985

“Magic Carpet Ride”, 6′ by 8′, acrylic / canvas, 1992

“Last Supper”, 7′ by 9′ , acrylic / canvas, 1992

“My Death”, 6′ by 8′, acrylic / canvas, 1991

“Shiva and Shakti”, 40″ by 40″, acrylic / canvas, 1998

“Suffering to Confidence”, 5′ x 7′, oil/canvas, 1974

“My Bedroom”, 26″ by 38″, acrylic / canvas, 2009

“Last Supper”, 22″ by 38″, acrylic / canvas, 2010

“Ground Luminosity”, 30″ by 40″ acrylic / canvas, 2011

Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2012SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, permanent show, 2008-2010

Finn’s Café, Salt Lake City, Utah, July-Sept 2008

Town Club, Salt Lake City, Utah, March to May 2008

“Butterflies,” Jane and Andy Wallace’s home, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 13, 2006

“Celebration of Life,” Artspace Forum Gallery, November 15 – December 18, 2002

La Lola’s Restaurant, December 1999, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Utah Summer Arts Festival, June 27-30, 1996. “Invited Artist”

“Oh, Susannah,” Salt Lake Art Center. October 25 – December 24, 1992, Salt Lake City, Utah

“Featured Artist,” Dooly Gallery, Park City, Utah, 1990


Column at Market Street Oyster Bar, 54 Market Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. Painted  a mermaid-goddess on a column in the restaurant, 3′ x 12′.

KSL-TV Channel 5, “Susannah Kirby Artist,” May 10, 1993. A 2-1/2 minute profile of me talking about my paintings and creative processes. This film was made by Martin Metcalf of KSL-TV.

“Man With Three Wives,” CBS television movie. My one person show at the Salt Lake Art Center was featured in this production.

“Utah Women Artists Series Collaborative Events,” participated as the visual artist with two other artists, a musician and a performance artist, Salt Lake Acting Company, April 1990. I designed the set.

“UWAP Banner,” Utah Women’s Arts Project, banner design, collaborative piece with a poet and photographer, January 1990.

Collaboration Mural for Baci Trattoria, Pierpont Avenue. Seven artists were chosen to paint a mural 45 feet long upstairs in the restaurant.


“Mexico Then and Now”, Sept. 7, – Oct. 3, 2012 Salt Lake City Public Library, SLC,UT

88th Annual Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT

Statewide Competition 2012, Jan. 27- Mar. 9, 2012, Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, Utah

“Finding your Frida”, Sprague Public Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct.1, 2011

“Viva Frida”, East High School, self portrait workshop, Sept, 2011, SLC, UT

“ethnography of loveamour”, Mestizo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 12 – October 14, 2011

“Dream Box”, The Hope Gala, American Cancer Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 15, 2011

Utah Women Artists Exhibition, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Taylorsville, Utah, May 5 –June 21, 2011

87th Annual Utah Spring Salon, Springville, Utah, April 22 – July 3, 2011

15th Annual Holiday Exhibition, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 19 – December 18, 2010

Art and Soup, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 2011

“Utah Images 2010,” November – December 2010

“Celebración,” 30 Frida dolls, Utah Museum Fine Arts, May 2010

Utah Women Artist Exhibition, “Best of Show,” Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Taylorsville, Utah, August 13 – September 30, 2009

“Art in Pilar’s Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 2009

“300 Plates,” Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2009

“Art for Animals,” Patrick Moore Gallery, May 2009

“Spiritual & Religious Art,” Springville, Utah, December 2008

“Visions of the City,” Salt Lake City, Utah, 2008

“Phillips Gallery Holiday Show,” November 2006

“Utah 2006 Fine Arts & Photography,” October 2006

“Dancing Cranes Imports 2004 Calendar,” commissioned painting for the store’s yearly calendar.

“Love, Lust and Motorcycles,” Salt Lake Art Center, June 2002.

“20 Artists’ Visions,” Sweet Branch Library, Salt Lake City, February 2002.

“Olympics Exhibit,” Phillips Gallery, February 2002.

“Christmas Show 2001,” Phillips Gallery, December 2001.

“Objects of Adoration and Mystery,” Salt Lake Art Center, June 2001.

“Christmas Show 2000,” Phillips Gallery, December 2000.

“Spiritual and Religious Art,” Springville, Utah, December 2000.

“Taste of the Nation,” Solitude Mountain Resort, August 20, 2000. Custom art birdhouse.

Atenea Gallery, 1998-2000, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Utah AIDS Foundation Oscar Night Gala Auction, March 24, 1997, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Autumn Art Auction, LDS Hospital-Deseret Foundation, October 18, 1996, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Spiritual and Religious Art,” Springville, Utah, December 1996.

“Wolfstock ‘96,” November 9, 1996, Deer Valley, Utah. Had a painting in the auction to bring wolves back to Yellowstone National Park.

“Retrospective,” Union Pacific Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 1996

“Hogle Zoo’s Art Show,” February 18 – April 4, 1996, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Images of the Great Salt Lake,” Utah Museum of Fine Arts University of Utah, January 14 – March 31, 1996.

“Angels of All Lands and Faiths,” God in the Arts Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, February 3 -March 2, 1996.

“BDAC Art Faculty: Twenty Years of Excellence,” September 8 – October 27, 1995, Bountiful, Utah.

“Art in the Garden,” group show at Pilar Pobil’s Garden, August 1995, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Symbolic Visions,” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. My painting Harmony of the Way was accepted into this show of mandalas painted by women, August 1994.

“Kimball Art Center Open Painting Exhibition,” Park City, Utah, 1993.

“Art for Life,” Utah AIDS Foundation, Art Auction, December 5, 1993, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Out of the Land, Utah Women,” Salt Lake Art Center, May 30 – July 23, 1992. Juried exhibition.

“Art for Animals III,” Salt Lake Art Barn, 1992.

“Making and Breaking Tradition,” Salt Lake Art Center, October 5 – November 29, 1991. Invitational.

“Greetings and Salutations, “ Salt Lake Art Center, August 1991. Invitational.

“Utah 91 Crafts,” Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1991.

“Contemporary Women Artists Traveling Exhibition,” sponsored by Utah Arts Council, October 9, 1990 – May 9, 1991.

“Banners for Salt Lake City Project,” 1991.

“Artists Studios,” Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1990.

“Exhibition 1989 – Contemporary Painting,” Utah Summer Arts Festival, Union Pacific Depot, 1989. Invitational.

“10 + 10 + 10 Exhibit,” Salt Lake Art Center, 1986.

“20/20 Vision Exhibit,” Utah Summer Arts Festival, 1986.

“Utah ‘81, Painting and Sculpture,” Salt Lake Art Center, 1981.

“Utah ‘76, Painting and Sculpture,” Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 1976.

Salt Lake County State Fair, 1975.


Salt Lake Community College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1983-1985.

La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Paris, France, 1971-1972. Obtained a “Couture Flou” diploma.

Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France, 1970-1971. “Diplome de L’Annee.”

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