Susie Monday

Artist, maker, teacher, author, head cook and bottlewasher.

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The art I make is the result of a life-long love of pattern, texture and color. How I teach is a skill honed by experience (I started teaching creative arts to younger kids when I was 12). After earning a B.A. in Studio Arts from Trinity University, I helped lead an internationally recognized educational foundation, designed curriculum exhibits for schools and other institutions, wrote and edited for a major daily newspaper, opened the San Antonio Children's Museum and then, a dozen years ago, took the scary but essential (for me) leap to become a fulltime artist and art teacher.

About This Blog

This weblog is about the maker's life. The teacher's path. The stitching and dyeing and printing of the craft of art cloth and art quilt. The stumbling around and the soaring, the way the words and the pictures come together. Poetry on the page and in the piecing of bright scraps together. The inner work and the outer journeys to and from. Practicalities and flights of fancy and fearful grandeur, trivial pursuits and tactile amusements. Expect new postings two or three times a week, unless you hear otherwise. 

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    El Cielo Studio

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    Pipe Creek, TX
    (210) 643-2128

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    Eye of the Needle, Quattro Gallery, Austin, TX 2007
    Aterations, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ 2007
    Fiber Artists of San Antonio, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX 2007, Honorable Mention
    Fiber Arts Runway Show and Exhibit, Courtyard Gallery, Cuero, TX 2007
    All School Exhibition, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX 2007
    April- Featured Artist
    , 1560 Gallery Kerrville, TX; 2007
    Textures Reunion, Galleria Ortiz, San Antonio, TX; 2006
    Never Static Art Cloth Symposium, Minnesota Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN 2006, faculty exhibit
    Texas Art Quilt Invitational, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville, TX 2006
    Yitzhak: The Many Faces of Issac, Northern Indiana Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, IN, 2006, traveling exhibit
    Side by Side, Clear Lake Alliance for the Arts, Clear Lake, TX 2006
    By Hand; By Heart, Fair Oaks Ranch Event Center, Boerne, TX 2006, 4-person show
    Yitzhak in Canton, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH, 2006, traveling exhibit
    Ongoing exhibits, Textures Gallery, San Antonio, TX, 2003-05
    Scratching the Surface, Texas Federation of Fiber Artists biannual juried exhibit, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX; 2006
    The Women in Yitzhak’s Life, Yitzhak International Arts Gathering, Western Galilee University, Akko, Israel, 2005
    New Works in Fiber, Texas Federation of Fiber Artists, Clear Lake Alliance for the Arts, Clear Lake, TX 2004, honorable mention
    New Works in Fiber, Texas Federation of Fiber Artists, Slater Mill Living History Museum, Pawtucket, RI, traveling exhibition
    Casting Threads Upon the Waters, Fiber Artists of San Antonio, Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX 2004, second place award


    Owner, El Cielo Studio, artist workshops and retreats, Pipe Creek, TX
    Adjunct Faculty, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX - Teacher of the Year, 2007
    Workshop instructor, Art Cloth Symposium, The Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN
    Adjunct Faculty, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
    Co-owner: Textures Gallery, San Antonio, TX


    Art Cloth Network
    Surface Design Association
    Texas Originals, Texas Commission for the Arts and Humanities’ program artisan
    Fiber Artists of San Antonio, president 2006-08
    Studio Art Quilt Association


    B. A. Studio Art, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX,