Artist in Residence Program

Susan Gangsei is BLCA’s next artist in residence. Susan brings her talent and years of experience as a tapestry artist to BLCA. Susan found making tapestries key to her life during her husband’s illness.

“Designing and weaving tapestries became my way of navigating my journey with my husband’s Parkinson’s. My art became my refuge while I was his caregiver and was my voice through the dark and joyous journey.”

In Julyof 2018, Susan participated in a workshop with Maximo Laura, who is an award-winning tapestry weaver internationally recognized as one of South America´s pre-eminent and most unique textile artists. He is a consultant, designer, and lecturer on art and contemporary Andean textile design. His work is the integration and synthesis of ancestral weaving techniques, symbols, memories, myths and rituals with contemporary art. Laura draws from many sources of inspiration, such as Chavin culture which is expressive and totemic; Paracas which is colorful and strong; Nazca and Huari for their geometric forms; and Chancay for its sobriety and linear spirit. In the workshop Maximo with be sharing his design techniques and South American weaving style.

As BLCA artist-in-residency, Susan intends to refocus her vision from a traditional, narrative style to a more contemporary representation and expression. She wants to incorporate South American influences in her work to take her artistic style in a new direction by exploring symbols and images of our rituals and myths in a stronger and geometric style, including more elements of nature.

Susan Gangsei is a Minneapolis based tapestry artist. She has exhibited at the Sower Gallery, Chaska, MN: Norway House, Minneapolis, MN; Nina Bliese Gallery, Minneapolis, MN: and the Vesterheim, Norwegian American Heritage Museum, Decorah, IA. Susan has studied classical European tapestry weaving with Master Weaver, Nancy Jackson since 2004 and has taken additional classes from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Susan holds an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of MN and an M.B.A. from George Washington University and University of St. Thomas. She has also authored two books.

The Artist in Residence program is 18 months long and includes studio space, a small stipend, and culminates with an exhibition, which is scheduled for January 4 – February 1, 2020.