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Suzanne Schireson

Associate Professor

Art & Design



College of Visual & Performing Arts 356A


2008Indiana UniversityMFA
2004University of PennsylvaniaBFA
2003Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine ArtsCFA


  • Painting
  • Drawing




Research interests

  • Digital Media in combination with Painting and Drawing

Suzanne Schireson’s work includes painting, drawing and video. She received The 2017 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Drawing. Selected exhibitions include a solo show in The Orseman Gallery at Smith College entitled “Ears May Talk Behind Your Back” (2015), “A More Perfect Union? Power, Sex, and Race in the Representation of Couples” (2017) at The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia and “Experimental Film and Video” at The CICA Museum, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Schireson has also exhibited at The Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Panjabari, Guwahati, Assam, India (2016), The Beijing World Art Museum in Beijing, China (2015) and The Sori Art Center in Jeollabuk-do, South Korea (2012). She is the recipient of numerous awards including two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants (2007 and 2009).

“My work investigates how we develop a conscious sense of who we are and subsequently how we deconstruct ourselves, in order to start all over again. At the core of my imagery is a focus on the essence of this cycle, our awareness of mortality and a compulsion for re-invention. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley writes ‘The world to me was a secret, which I desired to discover; to her it was a vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own’ (1818). Shelley’s narrative captures my interest in the idiosyncrasies of creation, the value of exploration in this practice, and art’s own integrity to bear unforeseen meaning through the process of being made.”

Ears May Talk Behind Your Back, 2014, oil on canvas, 68” x 55”
Weaning, 2017, oil on canvas, 60” x 48”
Nursing, 2017, oil on canvas, 60” x 40”
World Lit by Screens, 2016, oil on canvas, 24 “x 20”
One Week, 2016, oil on board mounted on hardwood block, 3.5” x 2.5” x 2”
Prep School, 2016, film still from stop motion animation “Bullet Eyes”, 0:58.
Going Under, 2016, film still from stop motion animation “Bullet Eyes”, 0:58
Group Cut, 2014, charcoal and watercolor on paper, 54” x 70”
Cut Off, 2015, charcoal and watercolor on paper, 39” x 29”

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