Susan Lenz is an American daughter of German immigrants. She has been married for thirty-four years, to her first and only love. Susan is the mother of two grown, artistic sons. One is a first soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet in England. Ms. Lenz is a homeowner, a businesswoman, a custom picture framer, a taxpayer, a non-practicing Catholic, a member of a few non-profit organizations, a college graduate, a blogger, and half owner of Max, a cat shared with her neighbor.
Most important to us, Susan Lenz is an artist. She was probably always was an artist, but for years she didn’t know it. In 2001, she admitted this hidden identity to herself and turned her own world upside down. This transformation required a complete change in lifestyle, income, and spiritual direction. Susan believes she works longer hours and harder than almost anyone she’s ever known, while still enjoying the company and influences of others.
Susan’s medium is needle and thread, trying to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. She seeks a partnership with her materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations. Her fiber artwork has been widely exhibited in international and national juried exhibitions and as solo installations all over the country. Book arts and 3D found art objects are also part of her passion and have helped secure fellowship awards for art residencies at the MacNamara Foundation, Studios Midwest, the Anderson Center, Hot Springs National Park, the Studios of Key West and elsewhere. She’s been engaged for workshops at Slippery Rock University, the St. Louis Craft Alliance, the Studios of Key West, and in Pittsburgh’s Society of Contemporary Crafts. The Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, the American Visionary Art Museum Shop in Baltimore, Laqerquist Gallery in Atlanta, and Earthwood Collections in Estes Park, CO are among the galleries representing her work. She won the 2011 Niche Award for decorative fibers and was a finalist in the 2013 competition.
Check out Susan’s pieces below:
Threads, Gathering My Thoughts Gallery; Ancestors with Fiber Vessel; The Canopy at ArtFields; Handed Down; and Guardian Angel.