Suzanne McClelland is best known for utilizing language (in particular, snippets of conversation and sounds) in her paintings, prints and collages. Words are rendered with wiry, somewhat manic, calligraphy that either overtake or become absorbed into the her abstract compositions. Because of her successful reinvention of the text-art tradition, she has been labeled "the mother of an expressive new word art that went beyond the dryness of Conceptualist."
Suzanne McClelland was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1959. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan (1981) and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (1989). She received a Pollock-Krasner grant in 2001 and was a resident artist at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME) in 1999. In 2006, celebrated-artist Elizabeth Murray selected McClelland for the AXA Artist Award, a distinguished grant offered to important emerging or under-recognized artists. Her artwork is found in numerous public collections, notable the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., Whitney Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Miami ArtMuseum, andMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.