Susan Harlan was a emeritus Professor of Art at Portland State University. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others.

In 2015 Susan retired from Portland State University so that she can focus on making art, working in her studio, discovering new techniques, developing new ideas, and discovering new ways to express herself as an artist, to share with the world what shes discovered, her work evolving every step of the way.