Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Nov 26th 2012 to Dec 9th 2012
  • PRACTICE : Visual Art
  • FROM : USA

Susan O'Malley (1976-2015) was a beloved Bay Area arts leader. An accomplished and internationally recognized artist and curator, O’Malley used simple and recognizable tools of engagement in her socially-based projects - offering Pep Talks, asking for advice from strangers, installing roomfuls of inspirational posters, distributing flyers in neighborhood mailboxes, conducting doodle competitions at high schools - in order to offer entry points into the understood, and sometimes humorous, interactions of everyday life. Interested in shifting these otherwise mundane exchanges into heightened experiences, O’Malley’s projects rely on the back-and-forth between herself and others in the creation of the artwork. Ultimately O’Malley’s projects aspire to incite hope, optimism and a sense of interconnectedness in our lives.

O’Malley received her MFA from California College of the Arts' Social Practice Area. As both an artist and curator, she participated in programs and exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally in Denmark, Poland and London.