Jen Tough Gallery


'Bump' series wall sculptures

Wood, paint, wax, mixed media. Various sizes. 2016

Pattern Play

Mixed media on 4" x 4" wood panels

Wall Bump

Mixed media and wood hanging sculpture, 2016


Mixed media on wood panel, hanging wall sculpture. 12" x 9" x 5". 2016

Continual Blessing

Mixed media on wood panel. 20" x 24" x 3". 2015

Susan Stover

"My work is about the relationship between art and artifact. It is about investigating what drives us to create, what form it takes and how it is valued. It is about honoring ritual, everyday labors and the beauty and mystery in fragments left behind.

Pattern and repetition are an integral part of the work as I often use traditional textile processes. I dye fabric, melt wax, embed fibers, and construct surfaces. I choose these methods because it connects me to people in other cultures who work in the same way. It is a language with which I can communicate and learn about symbolic meanings and beliefs at the same time defining my own." —Susan Stover

Susan Stover received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, CA and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with both degrees concentrating in a combination of textiles and painting. Among her professional experience is faculty at U.C. Davis, lab technician at California College of Art, and 10 years at Jacquard Products, a manufacturer of textile pigments and dyes. She has presented at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) and NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association) trade shows, the International Encaustic Artists conference and teaches workshops nationally and internationally. Her paintings are in many private collections and her work was recently featured on the cover and in the lead article of the Surface Design Journal. Her work has been included in The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Encaustic Revelation by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Studio Visit, Wax and Paper Workshop by Michelle Belto, Gathering Clouds – A Magazine of Contemporary Art, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft magazines.


MFA – California College of Art, Oakland, CA, 1991

BFA – Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1983

Solo Exhibitions

2013 “Urban Scrawl”,” New Works by Susan Stover, Room Gallery, Mill Valley, CA.
2010 “Susan Stover,” Bohemian Stoneworks Design Gallery, Sebastopol, CA
2009 “Susan Stover – New Works”, Sebastopol Center for the Arts,Sebastopol, CA
1999 “Works by Susan Stover,” Finley Center, Santa Rosa, CA
1993 “Woven Monuments,” Stephans Hall Gallery, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
11th Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY

2015 Room Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2014 “Wax and Words,” Frances Keevil Gallery, Sydney, Australia
“Bibliophoria,” Merit Award, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2013 SWARM Collaboration Show, Hanson Scott Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Not Just Landscapes,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2012 Encausticon Juried Exhibition, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX
“Wax: Contemporary Encaustic Works,” Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, CA
Room Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2011 Encaustic Masters, Troutdale, OR
Dimensions Galleria, Petaluma, CA

2010 Dimensions Galleria, Petaluma, CA
“Bakers Dozen 2010”, Invitational Show, Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery, Forestville, CA.
Quicksilver Mine Co. Gallery, Forestville, CA
Art from the Heart, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

2004-05 Brynn Carroll Gallery, Folsom, CA
Alma, Santa Cruz, CA

2003 Graton Gallery, Graton, CA 2002 Graton Gallery, Graton, CA
Contemporary Crafts Market, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
“February Featured Artist,” Lily Rose Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
Millennium Arts Gallery, Sebastopol, CA

2001 Lily Rose Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
“Fabulous Furnishings,” Millennium Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2000 “Seventh Rotation,” Next Level Communications, Rohnert Park, CA
Legacy Marketing Group, Cultural Arts Council Exhibit, Petaluma, CA

1999 “Bizarre Bazaar,” SoFo 2 Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
“Dimensions,” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
“Fiber/Metal/Wood,” Quicksilver Mine Co., Sebastopol, CA

1998 Next Level Communications, Cultural Arts Council Exhibit, Rohnert Park, CA

1997 “The Continuous Thread,” College of Marin, Kentfield, CA

1995 “Design Department Faculty Show,” Alumni Hall, UC-Davis, Davis, CA

1994 “1993-94 Artists-in-Residence Show,” Oregon School of Arts, Portland, OR
Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993 “Summer Faculty Show,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
“Crafts National XXVII,” Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
“Paper/Fiber XVI,” The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA
“Pattern: New Form/New Function,” Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992 “Materials Hard and Soft,” Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX
“Fine Crafts at Matrix,” Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Creating Ourselves, Eastern New Mexico University, Miles Museum, Portales, NM
“Paper/Fiber XV,” The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA
“Many Mansions: The Art of Shelter,” San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Barclay Simpson Fine Arts Gallery, Lafayette, CA

1991 “The Woven Paintings of Susan Stover,” CCAC Downtown Oakland Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Contemporary Furniture and Textiles,” College of Marin, Art Gallery, Kentfield, CA
“Fiber National’91,” Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, NY

1990 “Design and Craft: The New Decade,” ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
“Paper/Fiber XIII,” The Arts Center, Iowa City, IA
“Discovery “90 – Bay Area Emerging Artists,” California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA

Selected Publications

2016 Stover, Susan. “Travel, Textiles, & Tradition,” Surface Design Journal. Vol. 39, No. 4. Winter 2015/2016: p. 6-11 & cover.

2015 Neubauer, Crystal. The Expressive Art of Collage. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2015. p. 50, 122.

2013 Seggebruch, Patricia B. Encaustic Revelation. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2014. p. 98-109.
Studio Visit, vol. 25. Summer 2014. The Open Studio Press. p. 184.
“Susan Stover” Gathering Clouds: A Magazine of Contemporary Art. Issue 3, February 2013: p. 1-6.
Lovler, Sherrie. “Creating with Words.” Alphabet. Vol. 39, No. 1, Autumn 2013: p. 20.

2012 Belto, Michelle. Wax and Paper Workshop. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2012. p. 112.

2000 “New Works – Susan Stover,” Fiberarts, January/February 2000, vol. 26, no.4, p. 19.

1995 “New Works: Susan Stover.” FiberArts. Vol. 22., No. 3, Nov./Dec. 1995: p.18.
“Portfolio: Susan Stover.” American Craft. Vol. 55., No. 1, Feb./March 1995: p. 59.

1993 “Gallery,” Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Spring 1993, vol. xxiv, no. 2, p. 19.

1992 Stover, Susan. (ed. Charles Talley). “A Master’s Thesis: by Susan Stover.” Surface Design Journal, Summer 1992, vol. 16, no. 4, p. 22-23, 35.
Glenn, Jeff. “Integrating Image and Structure.” FiberArts. Vol. 18., No. 5, March/April 1992: p.33-35.


American Ag Credit Union, Santa Rosa, CA
Numerous private collections