Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Transitional Spaces, sabbatical exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, EOU, La Grande, OR

2017 we are all cosmic dust, site-specific installation, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR 

2014 Embedded, site-specific installation, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR 

2013 - 2014 Areal Density, site-specific installation, Portland International Airport, Portland, OR - 12 month installation

2013 The Matter, site-specific installation, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK

2013 Here: recent paintings by Susan Murrell, Art Center at the old library, La Grande, OR 

2012 Shell, site-specific installation, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA:  curated by D. M. Forbes

2011 Substance and Circumstance, site-specific installation, Clark College, Vancouver WA:  curated by Jenene Nagy

2011 Subduction, Portland Building Installation Space, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon 

2008 . . . arising from natural inclination, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV: curated by Marjorie Vecchio 

2008 Instinctive Inquiry, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR:  curated by Paul Middendorf 

2008 Hour After Hour of Thought and Analysis, The Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM

2007 Contrive + Classify, UC Gallery, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

2006 Open Studio: curious yet familiar things, New York Workspace, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Mentor my Mentor, South Santiam Hall Gallery, Linn Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon: curated by Anne Magratten

2016 Contemporary Prints from Crow's Shadow, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon 

2016 Talking About the Obvious, two-person exhibition, Cascade Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, OR: curated by Sandy Sampson 

2015 Rural, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Red Gallery, Roseberg, OR: curated by Renee Couture and Sandee McGee 

2015 Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center, Eugene, OR, 3 month exhibition

2015 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR 

2014-2015 NEW ART 2.0, Eitelijorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 3 month exhibition

2014 Accreted Terrane, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner WA, 3 month exhibition: curated by David Francis

2014 Art in the Post-Digital Landscape: Artists in Conversation, Art and Design Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville IL: curated by Laura Strand

2013 Oregon Golden Spot Awards, Crow's Shadow Institute Print Release, Traveling exhibition - PDX Gallery, Portland, OR, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR, Carnegie Art Center, Baker, OR, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

2013 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR 

2012 EOU Faculty Exhibition, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR 2011 The Art of the Print, Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, Oregon

2011 Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2009 Environs, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR:  curated by Cory Peeke 

2009 Alex Hirsch, Joan McGuire, Susan Murrell, Gallery 114, Portland, OR: curated by Pat Barrett

2009 Dip/triptychs, Columbia Arts Gallery, Hood River, OR:  curated by Jim Diem and CJ Rench

2008 Gen X: Post Boomers and the New South, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL: curated by Donan Klooz

2007 Faculty Exhibition, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

2007 21st International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ:  juried by Laura Hoptman

2006 Anti-Thesis, Rogue Artist Squadron Collective, performance and video, Starland Center for Contemporary Arts, Savannah, GA:  curated by Joel Jonientz



2017 Arteles Back-to-Basics Residency, four weeks, Haukijärvi, Finland

2017 Westfjords Residency May Group Program, Thingeyri, Iceland

2017 Caldera, Golden Spot residency, two weeks,Sisters, OR 

2016 Playa, four weeks, Summer Lake - Paisley, OR

2016 Artist-in-Residence Portland State University MFA Program, fall term, Portland, OR 

2016 Signal Fire, "unwalking the west" Green River Canoe trip, Canyonlands NP, UT

2012 Golden Spot, collaborative residency with master printmaker Frank Janzen Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts, funded by the Ford Foundation, two weeks, Pendelton, OR (stipend) 

2011 Ragdale Foundation, four weeks, Lake Forest, IL

2009 Yaddo, eight weeks, Saratoga Springs, NY

2007 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, four weeks, Nebraska City, NE

2006 New York Workspace Residency Program, ten weeks, Savannah College of Art and Design, New York, NY



2017 Ford Family Foundation's Golden Spot Award, Caldera

2016 Ford Family Foundation Mid-career Oregon Artist Residency Award, PLAYA

2016-2017 Full Sabbatical, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2016 Full Summer Faculty Scholars Research Stipend, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2012 Connective Conversations / The Curator and Critic Tour, sponsored through a partnership between The Ford Family Foundation and The University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts

2012 Faculty Scholars Research Stipend, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2007 Merit Award, 21st International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ:  juried by Laura Hoptman

2006 The Drawing Center Artist Registry, juried, New York, NY


Notable Collections

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Hallie Ford Museum Print Collection, Willamette University, Salem, OR

Crow's Shadow Institute of Art, Pendleton, OR

Portable Works Collection, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR 

King County Public Works Collection, WA 


Reviews and Publications

2018 “Transitional Spaces” featured portfolio in Basalt Literary Magazine, with accompanying essay “Our Infant Eyes” by Amy Harwood

2017 “we are all cosmic dust” interview with PSU Studio MFA students

2017 Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25, featured artwork2016 "Junk Ocean" - Art project featured in Drain Magazine

2015 Curator and Critic Tours Connective Conversations: Inside Oregon Art 2011-14, The Ford Family Foundation and The University of Oregon

2013 "Arts Watch" by Mike Dunham, Anchorage Daily News, 8/

2013 "State of Mind" by Patrick Collier, Oregon Arts Watch, 8/1

2013 "Taking risks yields rewards for artists" interview by Jeff Peterson, Go Magazine, La Grande Observer, March 27

2012 “Shell," exhibition brochure produced by the Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, essay by D. M. Forbes 

2008 "Primordial ooze," exhibition review by Brad Bynum, Reno News and Review, December 4

2008 ". . . arising from natural inclination," exhibition brochure produced by The University of Nevada, Reno, essay by Marjorie Vecchio

2008 "PDX Art presents the intoxicating Art of Susan Murrell," interview by Richard Schemmerer,, October 29

2008 "Quantifying Chaos," exhibition review by John Motley, The Portland Mercury, October 16

2008 "Bounded by Science," exhibition review by Brian Libby, The Oregonian, October 9

2008 "Artistic Look at Nature’s Mysteries," interview with Joel Courtney, The Las Cruces Bulletin, June 20


Speaking Appearances

2018 Transitional Spaces: painting as a meditation on change, sabbatical colloquium, EOU, La Grande, OR 

2016 Visiting Artist Lecture, Portland State University, Portland, OR 

2016 Talking About the Obvious, gallery talk, PCC Cascade, Portland, OR

2012 Artist Talk and Presentation of New Prints in conjunction with the Oregon Golden Spot residency, Crow's Shadow Institute of Art, Pendleton OR

2012 Visiting Artist Lecture, Whitman College, Walla Walla WA 

2011 Visiting Artist Lecture, Clark College, Vancouver WA

2011 Beyond the Gallery Walls, Artist-2-Artist Symposium, Panel Discussion, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR 

2010 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition Gallery Talk, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2010 Curriculum Connections, Arts in Education Advocates Meeting, Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, Hood River, OR

2009 Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2009 Four Artists, Gallery 114, Portland, OR

2008 Visiting Artist Lecture, The University of Nevada, Reno, NV