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Master of Fine Arts , feminist painter

Susan Alexander Michod, American artist, painter. Recipient Artist's grant Illinois Arts Council, 1984, Collaboration grant Paper Press Gallery, 1987. Visual arts panel Illinois Arts Council, 1977-1979. Member Artimisia Gallery (president since 1973, founding member).


Michod, Susan Alexander was born on January 3, 1945 in Toledo. Daughter of Harold Milne and Caroline (Simonds) Alexander.


Student, Smith College, 1966. Bachelor of Science, University Michigan, 1967. Master of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, 1969.


Her work "consists of monumental paintings thickly painted, torn, collaged, spattered, sponged, sprinkled with glitter and infused with a spirit of love of nature and art," the art critic Sue Taylor has written. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Michod moved to Chicago in 1969 and joined a tight-knit community of artists which included Judy Chicago, Vera Klement, Phyllis Bramson, Margaret Wharton, Richard Loving, Robert Kushner, and Nancy Spero. She taught as a Professor of Art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1973, Susan Michod co-founded the nonprofit women artists' collaborative Artemisia Gallery. Like the groundbreaking A.I.R. Gallery in New York opened just a year earlier, Artemisia was a forum for women to exhibit their art away from the male-dominated gallery scene. Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff and Nancy Spero were among the artists who exhibited their early work at Artemisia.

Susan Michod's work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the Queens Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the National Academy in New York City, and it is in the collection of Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Illinois State Museum.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Some Thoughts on Pattern Painting, 1977. Contributor articles to books.


Visual arts panel Illinois Arts Council, 1977-1979. Member Artimisia Gallery (president since 1973, founding member).


Married Charles Louis Michod Junior, August 16, 1969. Children: Alexander Charles, Richard Simonds, Michael Wise.

Harold Milne Alexander

Caroline (Simonds) Alexander

Charles Louis Michod Junior

Alexander Charles Michod

Richard Simonds Michod

Michael Wise Michod