Susan Kliewer, a native of California, has lived in Arizona for nearly 37 years, five of them at Marble Canyon Trading Post in a remote area of Northern Arizona near the Colorado River. Dreams of horses, deserts, canyons, rivers and sunsets have been her constant companions since she was a child.
A painter since the age of 10, she turned to sculpting in 1987 after working in an art casting foundry for 10 years. Susan won a competition to create a monument of Sedona Schnebly, in honor of one of the founders of Sedona, Arizona. The ten-foot tall bronze figure was installed in front of the Sedona Library in 1994. Kliewer's life-size fountain portraying the Sinagua people and a fountain of a Hopi Water Maiden are also to be found in Sedona. "My work" Kliewer 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."
She often uses her Navajo friends and grandchildren as models to capture that special intimacy which is the hallmark of her work. Her depiction of the ways of Native Americans in everyday life, from the past as well as the present, has attracted major collectors from all over the world.
2006 McGarry, Susan Hallsten; Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum Exhibition
2005 Dunbier, Lonnie; The Artists Bluebook 34,000 North American Artists
2001 Editors, Art of the West Art of the West Guidebook of Western Artists 2001 Edi
1997 Mountain Oyster Club; Mountain Oyster 28th Annual Contemporary Western Art
1997 Southwest Art Red Book Price Guide-1997 Western American Art
1993 Southwest Art The Red Book Western American Price Index
Art of the West 2004 May What's News Editors, Art of the West
Southwest Art 2004 May Arizona-Best of the West
Art of the West 2003 November What's News Editors, Art of the West
Southwest Art 2003 November Art Events-Arizona
Southwest Art 2003 July On the Scene Editors, Southwest Art
Art of the West 2003 May What's News Editors, Art of the West
Southwest Art 2003 February Art Events, Arizona Editors, Southwest Art
Southwest Art 2002 February On the Scene
Southwest Art 2001 January Sculpting
Art of the West 1998 March The Shining
Southwest Art 1997 July Buying Bronzes
Art of the West 1997 January A Sculptural Tribute to Native America
Southwest Art 1995 April Susan Kliewer, Blake, Bennie