UMASS Dartmouth Faculty Suzanne Schireson
SUZANNE SCHIRESON: Biography
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts (2012), Certificate 2003 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; BFA 2004 University of Pennsylvania; MFA 2008 Indiana University. Specializations: Painting and Drawing.
Suzanne Schireson recently participated in the 2012 Ecorea Jeonbuk Biennale with three exhibitions throughout Jeollabuk-do, Korea. Her most recent solo exhibitions are As Others See You at Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME (2012) and Summer Sick as Love at Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA (2010). She has also participated in national exhibitions including, Odd Jobs, Berea College, Berea, KY (2012), Found Uniforms, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA (2011), Alternate Selves, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, (2010); Drawings That Work: The BCA Annual Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Mass. (2009); American and International Artists, Hrefna Jonsdottir, Lambertville, N.J. (2007); Recent Travels: Iceland and Norway, Twenty-Two Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (2005); and Emerging Artists, Artist’s House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. (2003). Before joining UMD, Professor Schireson was full-time faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of New Hampshire (2009-2012). She is the recipient of two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2007 and 2009).
Starting with family narratives, Schireson expands the proportion of these stories to create a new fiction. Her most recent body of work addresses her great grandfather’s medical practice during the infancy of plastic surgery. These paintings explore inherent contradictions that underlie his work: the necessity of precision vs. the risk of invention and the power to heal vs. the fostering of insecurity. As a painter, she is fascinated by his surgical obsession with the aesthetics of the head and figure.