Susan Tonkin Riegel

Personal Letters: Expressing Ourselves through a Mixed-Media Dialogue

de Young Museum
Kimball Education Gallery
April 3–April 28, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (April 2, 2013)—The de Young Museum will host Bay Area artist Susan Tonkin Riegel from April 3 through April 28, 2013, as part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Artist-in-Residence Program. A mixed-media artist who explores symbols, archetypes, numbers, and letters in her work, Tonkin Riegel will transform the Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young into an intimate space for visitors to find their own artistic voices.

Inspired by diverse influences such as vivid dreams, international travel, and children’s art, Tonkin Riegel uses acrylic paint, pastels, graphite, thread, and paper to create her ethereal work.  She emphasizes spontaneity and intuition in her creative process stating, “My work is about being in the present moment.”

Born in San Francisco, Susan Tonkin Riegel graduated from UC Berkeley, where she studied with notable Bay Area figurative painters Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown. She received her master’s degree at California State University, Sacramento and has been involved in multiple solo and group shows nationally and internationally. Susan Tonkin Riegel is represented by the Pamela Skinner/Gwenna Howard/Contemporary Art and Alex Bult Galleries in Sacramento.

Patrons are invited to visit Susan Tonkin Riegel in the Kimball Education Gallery Wednesdays through Sundays from 1pm‒5pm and Fridays until 8:45 pm.

Visiting the de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Museum Hours
Tuesdays–Sundays 9:30am–5:15pm, last ticket 4:30 pm
Fridays (March 29–November 29) 9:30am–8:45pm, last ticket 8 pm
Closed  Mondays

General Admission
$10 adults
$7 seniors (age 65 and over)
$6 youths (age 13‒17) and college students with ID
FREE members and children 12 and under
FREE general admission the first Tuesday of each month
Additional fees apply for special exhibitions

Tickets can be purchased on site and on the de Young’s website: Tickets purchased online include a $1 handling charge.

Group ticket reservations available by emailing

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young is housed in a copper-clad landmark building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Oceania, Africa, and the Americas; a diverse collection of costumes and textiles; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor’s Beaux-Arts style building designed by George Applegarth is located on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections span 4,000 years and include European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.