Susanne Slavick

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art




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 multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. Versions of the show are traveling to 13 venues through 2019. 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.

Slavick’s work pursues empathic unsettlement through images that remind us of what we stand to lose after what we have lost already. 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. She 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. Her essays and articles have appeared in: Formations of Identity: Society, Politics, and Landscape, eds. Floyd Martin and Eileen Yanoviak (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016); American Rubble (Haverford College, 2016); 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.

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