Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Susanne Slavick

Susanne Slavick

Artistic Category Artist

Occasionally Andrew Ellis Johnson

Career Level Professional
Experienced With Collaboration, Lectures, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

I am after empathic unsettlement, creating images that reveal the heights and depths of human experience.  Some remind us of what we stand to lose after what we have lost already.  Some show what we might regain. Some pose questions about our complicity in social and economic injustice, our involvement in incomprehensible destruction of each other and the planet, and the possibility of recovery, however elusive.  Beauty can be a call to action.

Susanne Slavick is an artist, curator and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University where she served as Head of the School of Art from 2000-06.  In 2015, she premiered Unloaded, a touring multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. As co-founder of 10 Years + Counting, an online resource developed to exposing the costs of war, she edited Out of Rubble  (Charta, 2011) and curated a related traveling exhibit featuring international artists who respond to the aftermath of war.

She has exhibited internationally, with solo shows at the Chicago Cultural Center, McDonough Museum in Youngstown, Accola Griefen Gallery in New York, and Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University. Slavick studied at Yale University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Rome and Philadelphia. Her work has been recognized through fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and four awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  She has published articles in: Cairo: Images of Transition (transcript Verlag 2013); Cultural Heritage and Arts Review; Cultural Politics; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics; and AlterNet.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237

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  • Mixed-media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Public Art


  • Collage
  • Conceptual
  • Cultural
  • Feminist
  • Gouache
  • Ink
  • Landscape
  • Oil Paint
  • Paper
  • Video