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Susanne Slavick is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon where she joined the faculty in 1984 and served as Head of the School of Art between 2000 and 2006. Graduating summa cum laude from Yale University in 1978, she subsequently studied at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Tyler School of Art in Rome. In 1980, she completed her MFA at Tyler in Philadelphia where she began exhibiting through Jeffrey Fuller Fine Art.
Her first faculty position at Kutztown State College in Pennsylvania was followed by three years as assistant professor at University of Wisconsin at Madison. While in Wisconsin, she began showing nationally through the Struve Gallery in Chicago. She has been an artist-in-residence at The MacDowell Colony, Mt. Desert Island through the Four Seals Foundation, and in Skoki, Poland through the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. In 1997, she held an exchange faculty position at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
Slavick has exhibited in museums and galleries in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis as well as in Europe and Asia. Her paintings have been recognized through an artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and four awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Honored as 2008 “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Slavick premiered “R&R&R,” a series of works on paper that convert our military expression for “rest and recuperation” to images of “revelation, regret, and restoration.”
Slavick was born on Easter and April Fool's Day, an appropriate coincidence, given the nature of her work. Over the last two decades, Slavick has probed "persistent polarities, contrary comforts, and pretty lies with the crossed eyes of a romantic and realist, seeking an elusive equilibrium, the measure and the source of the immeasurable."