Biographical Statement
The environment to which I was exposed as a child, adolescent and an adult is one filled with painting, art and the expression of creativity. Painting as a language is a tradition that I embrace. I am a fourth generation American artist.

The tradition of art is established. My personal focus has been to find my own voice within the tradition, which includes craftsmanship and attention to the integrity of materials used.

Barbara J. Sussman is the fourth generation of American artists in her family. Beginning with her great-grandfather, their brief biographies are as follows:

HENRY HOBART NICHOLS (1838-1886) Wood engraver who made a specialty of engraving illustrations of scientific works. Illustrated three volume edition, hand colored wood engravings, North American Birds" by Baird, Brewer, & Ridgeway (1874). Awarded First Class Medal at the Centennial Exhibit in Philadelphia, 1876.

HOBART NICHOLS, N.A. (1869-1962) Landscape painter. Paintings in many collections including Metropolitan Museum, NYC, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.; received numerous awards, including the Altman Prize at the National Academy of Design. Served as president of the Academy for ten years, Director of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation for thirty years, President of the Salamagundi Club and the American Water Color Society. Paintings reproduced in many publications and books.

SPENCER BAIRD NICHOLS, N.A. (1875-1950) Painter, muralist, and book illustrator. Paintings in many museums and collections, including the National Museum, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan, N.Y.C.; and Montclair Museum, N.J. His portrait of Vice President Stephenson is in the Speaker's Lobby, The Capitol. Awarded First Prize in 1908, Paris Exposition. Chief Designer for Tiffany Studios until the beginning of WWI. Illustrated Dickens', Wilde's, and Noye's books. Worked in the Museum of Natural History on many dioramas. Received numerous prizes, including two Ranger Fund Purchase Awards, Altman Prize at National Academy. Many of his paintings were destroyed in a disastrous fire in his studio.

HELEN NICHOLS JACOBS (1924- ) Painter, instructor, recipient of over 75 honors and medals at juried national exhibitions. Member American Artist Professional League, Kent Art Association, Salamagundi Club. Instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute 1968-1993. Works have been included in numerous collections and exhibitions including Bergen Community Museum, Newark Museum, N.J.; National Arts Club, Lever House, Salamagundi Club, N.Y.C.

Selected Collections

  • The Atlantic House Hotel, Scarboro, ME
  • The Bond Market Assoc., New York, NY
  • Baker & Daniel's, Indianapolis, IN
  • Hogland & Pierce; People's Heritage Bank; Jensen Baird, Gardner & Henry, Portland, ME
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Mr. Micah Green, Patton Boggs, LLP, Washington DC
  • Private Collections throughout the USA, and in Elgin, Scotland; Zurich, Winterthur, Switzerland; Linz, Germany; Singapore.
  • SIFMA, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2012 Preine Hall Benefit Exhibition, SVA, New York, NY
  • 2012 15th Annual North Bennington Art Park, N. Bennington, VT
  • 2011 14th Annual North Bennington Art Park, N. Bennington VT
  • 2009- Landscapes for Landsake, Greenwich, NY
  • 2006 Southern Vermont College, Bennington, VT,
  • 2004 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT,
  • 2002 Open Space Gallery, Saratoga Springs NY
  • 2002 Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
  • 1999 Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
  • 1996 Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
  • 1995 Greenhut Gallery, Portland, ME
  • 1993 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
  • 1991 Hobe Sound Galleries North, Brunswick, ME
  • 1989 Hobe Sound Galleries North Brunswick, ME
  • 1988 Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
  • 1988 Susan Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1987 St. Gaudens National Historic Park, Cornish, NH
  • 1985 Hobe Sound Galleries North, Portland ME, Hobe Sound Galleries South, Hobe Sound FL

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2012 Skowhegan, recorded interview remembering
    1976-1977, 1982-1983 with Liza Zapol - Oral History
  • 2012 Preine Hall Benefit Exhibition, SVA, NYC
  • 2012 15th Annual North Bennington Art Park, N. Bennington, VT
  • 2011 14th Annual North Bennington Art Park, N. Bennington, VT
  • 2009-_ Landcapes for Landsake, Greenwich, NY
  • 2009 "Three Artists, Three Colleagues, Three Centurians: William F. Draper, Trafford Klots and Richard Seyffert Exhibition," The Century Club, NYC - Panelist
  • 2007 Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, PA, Painters
  • 2006 Swain Galleries, Plainfield, NJ
  • 2004 Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2004 Art Students League Invitational at Salander O'Reilly, NY
  • 2003 Maryland Institute College of Art,
    Musee Rochefort en - Terre, Baltimore, MD
  • 2000 National Academy of Design, 175th Juried Exhibition, NYC
  • 1999 Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • 1998 Art Showcase, NYC "Language of Reflection"
    Small Works" Winter Olympics, Nagano, Japan
  • 1997 PSA Art Showcase XI, NYC
  • 1996 SVA, Manchester VT
  • PSA Art Showcase,VII, NYC
  • 1995 Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY
  • PSA Art Showcase IV, NYC
  • Lincoln Center, Cork Gallery, NYC
  • 1994 Police Building, "Curator's Choice", NYC
  • Brooke Alexander, NYC
  • Provincetown Art MuseumProvincetown, MA
  • 1992 Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY
  • 1990 Musee de Rochefort en Terre, Brittany, France
  • 1989 National Arts Club, NYC
  • Kent Art Association, Kent, CT
  • 1986 Midtown Gallery, NYC
  • Ceres Gallery, NYC
  • 1983 Colby Museum, Colby College, Waterville, ME
  • PS Galleries, Tulsa, OK
  • PS Galleries, Dallas, TX
  • 1982 Bergen County Museumseurn, Paramus, NJ
  • Ridgewood Art Institute, "Four Generations, An American Art Family"


  • 2012 HELP USA, Genesis Clinton Hill. Newark, NJ. Call for artists, Kramer & Marks
  • 2011 Landscape for Landscape, ASA 10th Annual Exhibition, Greenwich, NY
  • 2011 Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Children's Psychiatric floor, NYC
  • 2010 The Nichols Brothers. The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College. Co-curated with Sarah Underhill

Awards, Fellowships & Honors

  • 1999 Artist Residency, North College, SCOTLAND
  • 1998,1996, New York State Foundation of the Arts. Artist in Residency, Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • 1990 Jay Hall Connoway Award, Landscape, Landscape Award
  • 1982 International Sculpture Concours, US Team, placing 3rd
  • 1976 Fresco Mural Award, Skowhegan, ME
  • 1974 Rhode Island School of Design, Honors in Painting

Civic Services

  • 2012- Vice President, American Society of Appraisers, Hudson Valley Chapter
  • 2011- 2012 Treasurer, American Society of Appraisers, Hudson Valley Chapter
  • 2009-2010 Vice President, American Society of Appraisers, Hudson Valley Chapter
  • 2008-present Board Member, CIVICURE, Cultural and Historic Preservation, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • 2007-2009 President, American Society of Appraisers, Hudson Valley Chapter
  • 1993-2004 Board Member Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • 1998-2002 President, Cheney Library, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • 1993-1997 Cc President, HFCS PTA, Hoosick Falls, NY


  • 1999 Manchester Journal, "Art Our Connection to Spirit by CJ King, August
  • 1995 Maine Sunday Telegram, Oct. 22 "Unfailing Faith Fourth Generation Artist"
    by Ken Greenleaf, Portland, ME
  • 1993 Manchester Journal, July 22,Manchester,VT, Bennington Banner, July 28, Bennington, VT
  • 1995 Schenectady GazeteerJan.10,Schenectady,NY Albany Times Union, Jan. Albany, NY
  • 1989 Maine SundayTelegram, June 25, Portland, ME
  • 1988 Press & Post, August 30, Hoosick, NY
  • 1987 Leisure Weekly, September 10, NH
  • 1986 Palm Beach Focus, Jan., Palm Beach, FL
  • 1983 The Maine Times, Dec. 16, Portland, ME


  • BS, Arts Administration, Skidmore College, University Without Walls, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2005.
  • The George Washington University, Center for Professional Development, Washington, DC. 2002,-2003.
  • American Society of Appraisers Personal Property Valuation: Appraisal Studies in the Fine and Decorative Arts. 2002-2003. American Society of Appraisers Personal Property Valuation courses:
    Methodology-Research and Analysis
    Report Writing
    The Legal and Commercial Environment
    American Society of Appraisers,
    Expert Witness Testimony and Report Preparation, 2006.
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, October 2002, 2008.
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1972-1973.
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan ME, Summer 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983.
  • The Art Students League of New York, NY, 1971, 1975-1978.

Professional Positions and Affiliations

  • Art Students League, Life Member
  • Artist Fellowship, Member, NYC
  • Curator, 1989- 1998, Vanity Fair Magazine, Photographic Traveling Exhibition
  • Art Consultant, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 2001, New York, New York
  • Curator, Institute Medical Humanism, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington, VT 
  • Accredited Member, American Society of Appraisers, Washington DC

Biographical Publications

  • Who's Who of American Art 1998-present
  • Whos' Who in the East 1998- present
  • Who's Who among Professional,1998-present
  • Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S.  2002 by Bob Creps, Dealers Choice Books, Inc.