"Queen Ann Moon", 2022, Oil on linen, 44" x 56"
"Bloodwart", 2021, Oil on linen, 32" x 32"
"Winter Flower", 2023, Oil on panel, 30" x 36"
"Dill Skeleton", 2022, Oil on linen, 32" x 32"
"In the Marsh", 2019, Oil on Panel, 30” x 22”
"Bishops Cap", 2022 Oil on Panel, 6” x 8”
"Trillium", 2022 Oil on Panel, 18” x 18”
"Vetch", 2021, Oil on Linen, 56” x 44”
"Morphology S15". Lake pigment tempera on gampi paper, 12” x 8”
" Morphology S13", Lake pigment tempera on gampi paper, 12” x 8”
"Morphology S14" Lake pigment tempera on gampi paper, 12” x 8”
"Morphology S16", Lake pigment tempera on gampi paper, 12” x 8”
"Morphology S18", Lake pigment tempera on gampi paper, 12” x 8”
"Morphology S24", Lake pigment watercolor and tempera on paper, 12” x 12”
"Morphology S28", Lake pigment watercolor and tempera on paper, 12” x 12”
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Member Portfolio

Susan M. Mania

Stockton, NJ


Artist Statement

In an effort to discover more of nature’s mute secrets, I open myself to the natural world.

Since I was a child tending the garden on my grandparents' upstate New York farm, I could sense the natural world's changing moods, a language alive in feeling. Both in the garden and wild harvesting, I work with plants to make dyes, inks and paints. This is an essential way my artwork expresses the language of the landscape. Working seasonally allows me to observe changes in environmental impacts from year to year, making a visual record of the loss of native plants and changes in topography.

From the many natural elements that arise in my work, flora, seeds, soil patterns, fallen trees or invasive plant habitats, I pull apart individual components of line and form to re-mix and organize elements, bringing a new interpretation through layered composition and a diverse color palette. I also draw great inspiration from poetry. The work of Mary Oliver, Joy Haro, Luis Gluck and Rumi are some of my greatest influences. While I use a variety of ways to connect with my subject, they are all in service of listening to and conveying a story of the environment, as an intuitive exercise, that I explore through art.

Bound together, all these impressions coalesce in an energetic sensation that tells the story of our connection and relationships with the land we call home.

Artist Biography

Susan Mania is an American contemporary artist. Her paintings and works on paper explore observations of the landscape and its changing dynamics in soft dimensional color and a flexible re-working of organic elements.

Mania attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City (AAA) where she was exposed to the world of fiber as a medium for fine art. Her study of natural dyes helps her form a connection with nature, creating paints, inks and collage materials. Following FIT, she attended the College of New Jersey (BFA) and Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences (MFA program).

Mania has exhibited throughout the United States and served on the faculty of several schools, including the College of New Jersey, the Waldorf School of Princeton and the Princeton Junior School. She lives and works on the banks of the Lockatong Creek preserve in Stockton, New Jersey.



MA program, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Philadelphia, PA


BFA The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ


AAA Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY


The Book of Arts: Plantarium Publication, October, 2022

McCall, Tris, “An Ambitious and Emotionally Provocative Art Fair 14C Opens at Mana Contemporary” November 11, 2021.

Sustainable Jersey, “Artists and Creative Powerhouses roll up their sleeves to cultivate a sustainable community”, The Dodge Blog, April 2, 2018.

Ingersoll, Keith, “Round and Round”, The Trenton Times, June 4, 1999

Plett, Nicole, “The Art of Fiber, The Fiber of Art”, US 1, October 23, 1996

Purcell, Janet, “Stitches Ahead of Their Time”, The Trenton Times, October 25, 1996

Kirkpatrick, Christian, “Faculty Show Artworks”, Art Matters, January 1993

Kirkpatrick, Christian, “Exhibit Showcases Faculty”, The Courier Times, October 30, 1992

Wilkinson, Carl, “Artworks, Gallery Residents Bring Efforts Out of the Studio”, March 1, 1991

Leung, Shirly, “Artworks Show of Six Area Artists”, The Daily Princetonian, March 1, 1991


The Watershed Institute, Pennington, NJ

The Peace Weavers Center, Bath, NY

Isles, Trenton, NJ

Works held in private collections in the United States

Professional Experience

Art Conservation, Cusworth Conservation, Lambertville, NJ

Art Faculty and Curriculum Development, The Princeton Junior School, Princeton, NJ

Art & Fiber Arts Instructor, Private and Public Schools and Institutions, NJ & PA

Art Faculty, The Waldorf School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

Consultant, The Creative Assets Inventory, The Dodge Foundation, Frenchtown, NJ

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art, The College of New Jersey

Art Faculty, Artworks: The Visual Arts School of Trenton, Trenton, NJ

Gallery Sales & Installation, Hrefna Jonsdottir Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

Research and Design Assistant, Elizabeth Gates-Paige, New York, NY


New Now VI
, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works
, Ann St Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Art Fair 14C, Jersey City Armory, Jersey City, NJ

Plantarium, Gallerium Art Exhibitions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Hunterdon Art Tour, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

Solo Exhibition, The Gallery @Well Design, Mendham, NJ

Art Fair 14C
, Mana Contemporary Glass Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

Covered Bridge Artists, Sergeantsvill, NJ

Unprecedented Times
, Esther klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Jam MAM, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

, The Whittemore, oldwick, NJ

Five at the Mill
, The Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ

The Hunterdon Art Tour, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

Art Jam, Home Front, Princeton, NJ

Solo Exhibition, Remnants of the Land, The Garden Club of Princeton Gallery at the Watershed, Pennington, NJ

The Hunterdon Art Tour, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

Members’ Salon
, Jurors Choice Award 2016, New Hope Arts, New Hope, PA

Dynamic Nature
, Swan Creek Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

Emerging Fiber Artists
, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ

Exploration in Fiber Art
, The College of New Jersey Gallery, Ewing, NJ

Fiber Art National Contemporary Expression
, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Faculty Exhibition, The College of New Jersey Gallery, Ewing, NJ

Heterodoxy Alice 75
, Trenton Avante Garde, Trenton, NJ

Kali Aesthetics
, Joe’s Mill Hill, Trenton, NJ

Commission, The Princeton Peace Prize, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Commission, The Princeton Peace Prize, Princeton University, Princeton ,NJ

Artworks Faculty Show, Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ

Lift and Separate
, Trenton Avante Garde, Joe's Mill Hill, Trenton, NJ

Penn Charter Art Exhibition, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA

Out of the Studio,
Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ

Fellows at Penland, Northlight Gallery, Penland, NC

Fiber Arts Today
, Gallery 141, Eugene, OR

Beyond Tradition Fiberworks
, University of Oregon, Eugene OR

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