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Susan Shantz

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Nationality  Canadian
Books  Magical Creatures with Backward Feet: A University of Saskatchewan, Canada and University of Southern Queensland, Australia Visual Art Research Project
Education  Goshen College, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University

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Susan Shantz, (born in Ontario in 1957) is a Canadian sculptor. Her work is often described as spiritual and feminist. She currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Shantz has worked with a variety of sculptural media, including twigs, ash, found objects, tomato paste, and 3D printed thermoplastic prints. Photographs of her selected works are available at the CCCA Canadian Art Database.

Themes in her work include dormancy, consumption, patterns of nature and translation.

Shantz has received grants from the Canada Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Susan shantz


Susan Shantz has an undergraduate degree in English from Goshen College, a Master of Arts degree in Religion and Culture from Wilfred Laurier University, and a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Studies from York University. Shantz taught at both York University and Wilfred Laurier University before moving to Saskatoon in 1990 to work at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a Professor in Sculpture and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan and she was the Department Head of Art and Art History from 2007-2013.

She has also written on the topics of spirituality in art and quilt-making.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2013 creatures in translation, Kenderdine Art Gallery, SK.
  • 2012 creatures in translation, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON.
  • 2012 creatures in translation, Dunlop Art Gallery, SK.
  • 2011 chamber, Art Gallery of Regina, SK.
  • 2006 canopy, Mendel Art Gallery, SK. canopy
  • 2006 technologies of tenderness, Art Gallery of Prince Albert, SK.
  • 2003 technologies of tenderness, Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery, AB.
  • 2003 e(ate)n, EXPRESSION, Ste. Hyacinthe, PQ.
  • 2001 Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA.
  • 2000 project: puzzle, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK. Multiples.
  • 2000 Rapt, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC. Collaboration with K. Sellars.
  • 1999 Rapt, Ace Art, Winnipeg, MB. Collaboration with K. Sellars.
  • 1999 Deluge, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
  • 1998 Satiate, MacKenzie Gallery, Regina, SK.
  • 1998 Satiate, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.
  • 1997 In her nature, Glendon Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON.
  • 1996 Rapt, AKA Artist’s Centre, Saskatoon, SK. Collaboration with K. Sellars.
  • 1995 Engorge, Articule, Montreal, QC.
  • 1994 Hibernaculum, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.
  • 1993 Generated spontaneously generated, UNB Arts Centre, Fredericton, NB.
  • 1993 Generated spontaneously generated, Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB.
  • 1992 Generated spontaneously generated, AKA Artist’s Centre, Saskatoon, SK.
  • 1992 Re(dis)covering, Eastern Edge, St. John’s, NF. With K, Pittman.
  • 1991 Definitely Superior, Lake Superior: Winter Journal, Thunder Bay, ON.
  • 1991 Lake Superior: Winter Journal Ace Art, Winnipgeg, MB.
  • 1989 Cycle Gallery, University of Waterloo, ON. Mrs. John E. Brubacher, With J. Buyers.
  • 1989 This darkness, this light, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, USA.
  • 1989 This darkness, this light, I.D.A. Gallery, York University, Toronto, ON.
  • 1987 Household Icons, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catherines, ON.
  • 1988 In anna'sDescent, Nancy Poole Studio, Toronto, ON.
  • 1987 Household Icons, Nancy Poole Studio, Toronto, ON.
  • 1986 Recent Work, Nancy Poole Studio, Toronto, ON.
  • 1986 Altars, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, ON. Windows.
  • 1985 Icons, Concourse Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.
  • 1985 Icons, Goshen College Art Gallery, Goshen, IN.
  • 1985 The Language of Paradise, London Regional Art Gallery, London, ON.
  • Additional reading and viewing

    The ARTSask webpage on Susan Shantz includes videos on her artistic process.


    Susan Shantz Wikipedia