After earning her fine arts degree in painting, Susan Hostetler added hand papermaking as a skill with awards from the Russell Siebert and Tiffany Foundations to study with Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Indiana, where she made custom papers for artists such as Rauschenberg, Warhol and Jasper Johns.
Overseas travel led to Hostetler setting up a hand papermaking mill in Friedberg, Germany in 1985. Her work in Germany led to exhibitions at the Gutenberg and Klingspor Museums. Her studio in Barcelona was a base for intensive image collection in the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean regions. Whether working in gouache and mixed media on handmade paper or clay sculpture, Hostetler has always been inspired by nature. From her New York City studio Hostetler traveled to Africa and the South Pacific.
Her recent work hanging in permanent collections, includes large, multi-panel site-specific commissions for the Federal Reserve Bank, as well as special commissions for the US Committee for UNIFEM, Four Seasons Hotel, Deutsche Bank, Dunn & Bradstreet, Readers Digest, Fidelity Corp, the Humane Society of the US, and several others. Hostetler was also invited to participate in the Corcoran Gallery of Art 2012 exhibit, Crossing The Line, and the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran exhibit. She was selected for the Arts in Embassy Program, by the US State Department and, by the Smithsonian Institute for its SITE Traveling Exhibition.
. Susan Hostetler is represented by consultants and galleries in NYC, Boston, and Washington, DC. Her works have been featured on the film, “You’ve Got Mail”, the TV series, “Beverly Hills 90210” and in publications including the Boston Globe Magazine, MetroLife Magazine (Washington Post), Frankfurter Rundschau and the New York Hotelier. Her studio is in Washington DC.