Susan Shantz

About the Artist

Susan Shantz has always enjoyed working with her hands and making art, but she has many interests in her life. Her undergraduate degree was in English, from Goshen College, Indiana and she taught English as a Second Language for a number of years before pursuing her fascination with art history. Shantz enrolled at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario to take a class in art and religion.  Before long she was committed to a course of study and in 1985, she graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Religion and Culture. Her studies of ritual theory in this program is referenced in Shantz’s work as she blends the physical aspects of doing with the conceptual.

Shantz enjoyed writing but she realized she preferred the process of art-making. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Studies from York University in 1989.

Ontario-born Shantz taught at both York University and Wilfred Laurier University before moving to Saskatchewan in 1990 to become an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Multi-media at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. She lives (2008) in Saskatoon, is Head of the Art Department and teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.

Shantz has established herself as a Saskatchewan artist with an international reputation, creating captivating process-oriented, time-based sculptural installations. She has exhibited widely and is included in many prominent collections.

Creating Her Art
Hibernaculum Title
Life into Art
The Beginning of the Hibernaculum
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning