Susan Kliewer

Bio

Susan Kliewer Born in Orange County, California, 1940 – Susan Kliewer is one of the Southwest's most acclaimed contemporary sculptors. A native of Southern California, she has made Arizona her home for 40 years. She spent five of those years at the Marble Canyon Trading Post in a remote area of Northern Arizona, adjacent to the Navajo Reservation. A painter since the age of ten, Susan turned to sculpting in 1987, after working in an art casting foundry for ten years. In 1993 Susan won a competition to create a monument of Sedona Schnebly. A ten-foot high sculpture of her town’s namesake was installed in front of the Sedona City Library. Kliewer's life-size fountain portraying the Sinagua people and a fountain of a Hopi Water Maiden are also to be found in Sedona. Other sculptures by Susan Kliewer are located in the US and Europe. Susan often uses her Navajo friends and relatives as models to capture the special intimacy which is a hallmark of her work. Her depiction of cowboys and Indians in everyday life, from the past as well as the present are, as one critic said, “Truly heartfelt”. “My work”, she says, “aims to show the common thread that underlies all human experience, and which, I hope, brings us to a greater understanding between all peoples”.

Accolades

  • First Place, Sedona Art Center Annual Show
  • Best of Show, 40th Annual Contemporary Western Art Show and Sale, Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ
  • Cowgirl Up Art Show, Wickenburg, AZ

Artwork

Teton Warrior
Old Friends
More Mischief
Mi Corazon
Maggie's Farm
Eagle Dancer
Grandmother's Gift
Dream Catcher
Blackfoot
Beauty Before Me
The Hitchhiker
Leprechaun
Leading the West Bookends
Junior Goes Renegade
Hummingbird Katchina
Maria of Ildefonso
Trading Day
Maria of San Ildefonso
Coffee Break
Before the Dance
Sinagua
Hopi Water Maiden
Julian
Changing Woman
Thirsty Man
Comanche Warrior
Grace Tallgrass
Pueblo Legacy
Voice of the Mountain Spirit
Mischievious Ones
Putter Man
Hoop Dancer
Keeper of the Eagle
Interlude
Invocation
Sacajawea
Cheyenne Grass Dancer
Man From Moonlight Water
Healing Dress Dancer
Butterfly Girl
Daughter of the Mesa
Navajo Pow Wow Dancer
Spirit Wind
Nizhoni
The Dance
Nampeyo
Beauty Way
The Little Shepherdess
Navajo Weaver
Watermelon Man
Buckaroo Man Kashare Series
Koshare Man

MONUMENT

Sinagua
Maria of Ildefonso
Julian
Hopi Water Maiden
Changing Woman