Suzanne Kanatsiz was born in Detroit, Michigan. She is an artist who works with sculpture and installations. She lives in Ogden, Utah.
Kanatsiz earned a BFA in painting from San Diego State University in 1982 and an MFA in pictorial arts and sculpture from San Jose State University in 1988. The materials she uses in her sculptures are diverse and often include combinations of the organic mixed with machined or manufactured materials.
The Utah Arts Council has recognized Kanatsiz's work with an Individual Artist Grant Award (2001) and a Visual Arts Fellowship (2003). Cone, a steel lead sculpture, andDissolution, a mixed media installation, are examples of her work.
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Her life's commitment has been to remain an actively working artist. Her undergraduate degree is a B.A. in painting from San Diego State University and her M.F.A. degree is from San Jose State University in installation/sculpture. After receiving her M.F.A., the decade following was very prolific. She produced large, installation works at a diversity of galleries and public spaces in the Bay Area and San Francisco. Many of these projects were publicly funded, and received significant media coverage and audience attendance.
After years of creating installations, she decided to focus on possibilities of experimental projects engaging space, drawing, the landscape, and the object. Presently, she creates sculptural environments where pieces exist in relationship to one another similar to an installation, without an emphasis on the temporal. She also creates a series of large format drawings in blood. Currently, she is producing several experimental works for future exhibitions nationally.
In conjunction with her work as an artist, she has developed a love for teaching, and has taught a diversity of community populations in California. In 1995, she became an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno teaching studio art and directing the Gallery on campus. She taught a diversity of studio art classes including painting, drawing, intermedia sculpture, and curating and showcasing a diversity of artists.
In 1999, she accepted a position at Weber State University in northern Utah as an Associate Professor of Sculpture. During this time, she completed a large public art commission, had several exhibitions, primarily in the west, and experimented in the landscape with site-specific work. She has received many grants and awards for her work, the most recent being a $5,000 artist's fellowship from the Utah Arts Council. Currently,she is a tenured, full Professor at W.S.U.. Please visit her web site at http://programs.weber.edu/sculpture to see images of work and vitae.
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