Suzanne Denion received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Michigan University (CMU); her academic focus was painting and art history. Suzanne went on to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts and teach in the Fine Arts Department at CMU. Suzanne’s artwork has received numerous awards throughout her career and has been exhibited nationwide in the United States; Ottawa, Canada; Stockholm, Sweden; and Oslo, Norway. Her work is featured in public auditoriums in Michigan, Canada, and Fairfax County, Virginia, and was in exhibitions in U.S. Embassy Ottawa and U.S. Embassy Oslo.
Suzanne is currently working on a series of illustrations for a publication titled Footsteps from the Past. This latest series of mixed media illustrations are composed primarily of acrylic paints, collage drawing elements, and layered transparent glazes that create depth and prismatic color effects. The first two pieces in the Footsteps series illustrate scenes from the Colonial Williamsburg historic district and depict ethereal figures from our past. These silent unheralded characters provide a glimpse of early colonists whose presence still lingers among the cobbled streets of Colonial Williamsburg.
Suzanne’s diverse career as an artist also includes the following noteworthy experience:
- Assistant Director: Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), Reston, Virginia. The position included management and curatorial responsibilities for the GRACE galley. She also developed and led educational art workshops in the gallery. One gallery installation workshop was featured on the Fairfax County television network.
- Course Development and Art Instruction: F&W Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio. Assisted in the teaching and development of art instructional material for F&W Publications: The Artist Magazine and Northern Light Art Instruction.
- Illustration: Yesterday’s Dreams, Upper Michigan Memories, an award winning historical account of the early settlement of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
- Archival photographer: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, archival photography of early American, 17th century manuscripts published in Williamsburg for an online archive of historical documents.
- Restoration artist: Carousel Antique and Museum Restorations, St. Louis, Missouri. Restoration of porcelain and bisque statuary.