Suzanne Joelson

American, 1952 - Present

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Suzanne Joelson was born in Paterson, NJ, and received her education at Bennington College in Vermont where she earned her BA in 1973. After graduating from Bennington College Suzanne Joelson worked in theatre and dance, toured the world with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as stage manager in charge of scenery and costumes, working on sets with Morris Graves, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg. A show at the Drawing Center led to a job teaching at RISD. She showed in NY at Wolf Gallery and Debs&Co as well as in Spain, India, Morocco, and Turkey. She taught at Columbia and for twelve years in the Bard MFA program but focuses her teaching now at SVA in NYC. She has received awards from the American Academy, the National Academy, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Tiffany Foundation.


Lyrical and decorative, Suzanne Joelson's abstract paintings combine hints of tapestry-like pattern with broader, brushier areas of color. She began her career in the theater, designing costumes, lighting, and scenery for performances by Merce Cunningham and John Cage, among others. More recently, she has exhibited at galleries including Nature Morte in New Delhi, Fernando Alcolea in Barcelona, and White Columns in New York. She holds awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the National Academy of Design, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The artist currently resides and works in Tribeca, NY with her partner and fellow artist Gary Stephan.


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