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

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

MONUMENT

Changing Woman
Julian
Hopi Water Maiden
Sinagua
Maria of Ildefonso