My name is Susan Callahan. I am a chef, university instructor, and textile artist in the D.C. area. Please contact me if you are interested in booking a show or purchasing art.
Process & Statement
My passions have always been feeding people and promoting the culinary arts as a career, especially for women.
These interests translate easily to my vibrant, multi-textured quilting projects – by feeding my senses with the beauty of the kitchen I create textile portraits of food, people, and tools of the trade. As an artist, I have exhibited my mixed-media artwork both nationally and internationally.
Time spent in the kitchen serves as creative fodder for projects developed in the studio. Creating my own textiles is a passion. I love taking photographs in the kitchen and printing the images on fabric yardage to be used in sewing projects. When I am not sewing, printing, or dyeing, I create mixed media art using vintage kitchen toys, recipes and other items. Smartphone photos of my culinary students, retired Chef Wear, and even scraps of produce packaging can all find their way into my work.
In my 30 years as a chef, I have worked the gamut from large restaurant companies to Washington, D.C. soup kitchens; I even spent a season cooking in an Alaskan tent community for extreme skiers. For the past 12 years I have been the Chef Instructor of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s (UMES) Hospitality and Tourism program in Rockville, MD.
My missions have always been to A. feed people, and B. promote the culinary arts as a career, especially for women who work in kitchens. These goals and interests transfer easily to art. I translate the energy of the kitchen into textile art that portrays food, kitchen work, and the people who cook. I have exhibited my work both nationally and internationally.
Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen
Strathmore, Bethesda, MD
Quilt Surface Design Symposium Annual Challenge
Columbus College of Art and Design, OH
Universities at Shady Grove, Gallery Wall Feature
Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival, Annapolis, MD, July 2016