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Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2016 – March 4, 2017, free and open to the public
Artists’ Reception: Friday, November 186 – 8 p.m.
SFAC Main Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue (War Memorial Veterans Building)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Opton SFO.jpgNot Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces is an expansive exhibition featuring works by local and national artists and veteran artists that have been engaged with the subject matter of individuals supporting active-duty personnel and/or veterans over long periods of time.

The artists in Not Alone engage in building narratives about and with members of the Armed Forces and their families through media including photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, audio works, installations and 360 video. Their works offer perspectives on a variety of topics including veteran support networks, the experience of spouses and children of US military personnel and how veterans examine their own identity and personal relationships.”

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Artists:  Rodney Ewing*, Michael HallMonica HallerJason Hanasik & Blake Montgomery, Jessica HinesAmber Hoy*, Jennifer KaradyAmanda LucierWhitney LynnSuzanne Opton, Althea Thauberger, and Ehren Tool*. And The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran project organized Aaron Hughes* & Jeanne Dunning featuring dozens of Bay Area artists and veteran artists.


Opening: Sept. 19, 5-7pm

Artist Talk:  Sept 20 11am

“The exhibition Many Wars explores the complex psychological impact of combat on the individual through a series of photographs by Suzanne Opton. Opton’s Many Wars series personifies the effects of trauma as seen in the portraits of veterans taken at a VA clinic. Her soldier portraits, icons of the aftermath of the current wars, have sparked a passionate debate about issues of art and soldiering. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Library of Congress, and Musee de l’Eysee among others. She has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, and Vermont Council on the Arts. Opton teaches at the International Center of Photography and is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.”


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Andrew Cotrel Who Served in Iraq

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“Aftermath shows life and loss of many kinds, its lingering physical and emotional effects, and hope-filled survival tactics. In these, we are all susceptible and connected,” says Carol McCusker, Harn Curator of Photography. “Each photographer claims an oblique, moral imperative that cautions viewers against binary thinking (us/them, good/bad), urging instead a wider consciousness and compassion toward the repercussions for all involved.”

Aftermath: The Fallout of War—America and the Middle East is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and curated by Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art. It will travel to the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio from January to April 2017; and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, affiliated with Florida State University, from September 2017 to January 2018.

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Over the past decade our society has been driven by emotions. Reason has been relegated into a secondary role. In the Emotions exhibition sixteen artists confront the viewer with very strong emotions. Some of the works provoke us or force us to take a stand. Other works are a reflection of the human condition.Sadness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise or happiness take center stage in the works of:

Bas Jan Ader · Halil Altindere · Lars Arrhenius · Robert Arnold · Yael Bartana · Vaast Colson · Berlinde DeBruyckere · Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys · Koen Hauser · Mathilde ter Heijne · Meiro Koizumi · Erwin Olaf · Suzanne Opton · Adriaan van der Ploeg · Bill Viola · Andy Wauman

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Photo by Bill Viola



I’m so pleased to announce my exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins in Chelsea May 16 – June 28, 2014

The exhibition has been extended until July 18, 2014

Address: 530 west 22nd street – NYC 10011



Aspects of the Self: Portraits of Our Times,” group show at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, March 21 to April 27, 2014

Photographic Portraits: Invitation to Stare,” group show at the Akron Art Museum, on view until June 1, 2014

Affekte (Affects),” group show at the Kunstpalais in Erlagen, Germany, April 4 to August 6, 2014




Suzanne Opton’s Soldier/Many Wars was selected for inclusion in The Photobook: A History Volume III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. You can order the book here.

NPR’s “Studio 360” will air a previous interview with me this weekend. Nov 7-8.


Nancy’s Glass

I was granted a fellowship at the fabulous Dora Maar House in southern France, May – June 2012. It was a busy time of looking out my window, trying to get past the beauty, hiking, getting lost, eating well, and meeting new people. I made still life photographs as well as portraits of farmers and singers. I began an investigation into the portrayal of empty gestures.  More to come!