Montgomery Art Association

May -- New Spotlight Member Susan diRende

29 Apr 2021 1:39 PM | Kathleen Tynan (Administrator)

Welcome - Susan diRende

Hometown: Bethesda, Md

Media and subjects: I have two different styles of work. I create miniatures in ink on the small polyvinyl panels used for credit and ID card printing, and I create larger works in acrylic on paper and canvas. The miniatures are mostly representational landscape and nature images. The acrylic works tend to be abstract and focused on shape and color.

Why you joined MAA: To connect and find a community to share ideas and philosophies of art and the artist’s life.

Something fun about you: I was a clown in the circus when I was in my 20s.


Social media:  



Twitter: @sudi

Artist Biography:

Susan diRende — writer, artist, filmmaker, and clown— founded the Broad Humor Film Festival in 2005 for comic films by women.  She grew up in Montgomery County.  Her family moved here when she was entering junior high, and although she has traveled and lived in many places over the past fifty plus years, Susan keeps coming back to this area.  In 2015, she sold everything and took off for a vagabond year of wandering the world with laptop, paints, and camera. The year has somehow stretched into 5 until the pandemic grounded her. Her series of daily artwork, A Year in Miniature, has had exhibitions in Seattle, Wellington, Brussels, and Chapala. Her comic science fiction/fantasy novella, Unpronounceable, was awarded the 2017 Special Citation for Excellence by the Philip K Dick Awards. She continues to write, paint, and clown around from her home base in Bethesda while waiting for the world to open back up for wandering.

Please enjoy viewing a sample of her wonderful work. 


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