Stitching Together
Sculptural art quilt in the collection of the McKissick Museum

Flower Pounding on Vintage Sleeping Gown

Threads, Gathering My Thoughts
Installation at Gallery 80808

My Blue Grass Roots
Art Quilt Lowell 2012

Handed Down, art quilt

Last Words, solo show at the Tapps Art Center

Hanging Cotton: Triangular Trade at the Textile Museum in DC

Last Words at Vision Gallery
Chandler, AZ 2011    
Solo Show by Susan Lenz

I Do/I Don't Installation 2011    
Installation by Susan Lenz

Wasted Words: Global Warnings
Permanent Collection at the Textile Museum, Washington, DC
Susan Lenz

Runaway Runway 2011
Recycled Bridal Party Fashions
by Susan Lenz

Handed Down
Best of Show in Palmetto Hands 2012
Susan Lenz

Stained Glass XXVII
Series available at
The Grovewood Gallery

Public art quilt project
"Looking For a Mate"
Sock art quilt, 2011


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Education:  BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Ohio State University

Selected Art Residencies, Enos Park Residency with Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, 2020; Osage Arts Community, Belle, MO, 2019; Homestead National Monument, Nebraska, July 2017; PLAYA, October 2015 in Summer Lake, OR; The Anderson Center, May 2015 in Red Wing, MN; The Rensing Center June 2015 in Pickens, SC; Studios Midwest, August 2012 in Galesburg, IL; The Studios at Key West, March 2012; Hot Springs National Park Artist Residency, August 2011; MacNamara Foundation Artist Residency, 2008; Pritchard’s Island Artist Residency, 2003.

Selected Solo Shows:

Anonymous Ancestors The Fine Art Gallery at Lander University, Lander, SC
The Feminist To Do List Muscatine Art Museum, Muscatine, Iowa

Anonymous Ancestors Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL
Last Words Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir, NC

Anonymous Ancestors Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL and Theatre Art Galleries, High Point, NC
The Wall of Ancestors and Buttons, two solo shows running simultaneously at the University of South Carolina-Aiken's Etherredge Art Center, Aiken, SC.
Last Words Greenville Center for the Arts, Greenville, SC

Anonymous Ancestors The University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC
In Stitches Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC
Threads: Gathering My Thoughts South Carolina State Library, Columbia, SC

Anonymous Ancestors The University of South Carolina-Beaufort, Beaufort, SC
Last Words, The University of South Carolina-Aiken, Etherredge Center, Aiken, SC
PLAYA: A Month in Paradise, Anastasia & Friends Gallery, Columbia, SC
Last Words, The Georgia Agriculture Museum and Historic Village, Tifton, GA
Threads: Gathering My Thoughts The Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

Last Words, The Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum, Carrollton, GA
Fiber Architecture: Buildings in Stitches The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville, Douglasville, GA

Last Words Tapps Art Center, Columbia, SC
Threads: Gathering My Thoughts Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC.
Fiber Architecture: Buildings in Stitches Allenton Gallery at the Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC.

Decision Portraits Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ
Decision Portraits University of South Carolina Sumter campus
I Am Not Invisible Tapps Art Center, Columbia, SC

Decision Portraits International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
The Canopy The Box, Galesburg, IL
Last Words The Imperial Center, Rocky Mount, NC
Fiber Architecture: Buildings in Stitches.  Fredericksburg, VA

Last Words.  Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ
Personal Grounds.  Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC

Personal Grounds.  City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
Blues Chapel and Last Words. Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, Columbia, SC
Last Words. Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Florence, SC

Blues Chapel, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

Blues Chapel, Pickens County Museum of Art, Pickens, SC and at the Edgefield Discovery Center, Edgefield, SC

Stitched! Hyman Fine Arts Center, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
Buildings in Stitches, Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, CA

Markings, University of South Carolina-Aiken, Aiken, SC
Blues Chapel, Sumter Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC

The Shape of Things, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Corporate and Museum Collections: 

The Textile Museum, Washington, DC; McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC; DP Professionals, Columbia, SC; City of North Charleston, SC; County Bank, Greenwood, SC; First Citizens Center, Columbia, SC; South Carolina Bank and Trust, Columbia, SC; Power Engineering, Charlotte, NC; Beaufort Arts Council, Beaufort, SC; Garvin Designs, Columbia, SC; Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, La Grange, GA; Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM; Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo, SC; Florence Regional Arts Alliance Permanent Art Collection, Florence, SC; Palmetto GBA, Columbia, SC.

Selected Group  Exhibits and Other Opportunities:

2019 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC
Turf Wars' Trashion Fashion Show, The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, FL
The Day of the Dead, Vision Art Museum in partnership with the New Americas Museum, San Jose, CA
Child's Play, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
Freed Format: The Book Reconsidered, travelling book arts show at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT; the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, CT; Ridgefield Library, CT; Putnam Arts Council in Mahopac, NY; Mahopac Pubic Library, NY; Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT; and the University of Hartford Art School, CT
Things That Matter St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT
Color: Classic to Contemporary, the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Duluth, GA
Fusion: Mid-Atlantic, Virginia Beach Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA
30 Years of QSDS, the Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OhH. May 24 - July 12, 2019
ecoFAB Trash Couture Runway Show, Tapps Art Center, Columbia, SC
Celebrating American Craft 2019 - Southern Style, Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN A Better World: Heroes Working for the Greater Good, an invitational traveling show to Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA; the New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary; and to quilt festivals in Houston, TX; Hampton, VA; Santa Clara, CA
3D Expressions, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibition at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure, NY; and the Ross Museum of Art, Delaware, OH
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Photographs and Memories Invitational at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fibers Museum, La Conner, WA
The Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Books Undone at Penn College, Williamsport, PA
Raw at the University of Indiana-Kokomo, Kokomo, IN
Form Not Function at the Carnegie Center, New Albany, IN
2018 Fiber National at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA
The Nature of a Stitch at Whitman College's Sheehan Gallery in Walla Walla, WA
Transformers: Artistic Alchemy at Agnes Scott College's Dalton, Decatur, GA
Things That Matter Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ
Art Quilt Elements 2018 at Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Guns: Loaded Conversations a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA

2017 Stitch at Morehead State University, KY
Ironic Designs at the Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL
H20!, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) national traveling exhibition
35th Annual New Legacies Art Quilts Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO
In Death at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century, National Basketry Association traveling exhibition
Form Not Function at the Carnegie Center, New Albany, IN
Portraits, a Through Our Hands invitation exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, UK
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA.
Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora, The Textile Museum, Washington, DC.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Maker, Making, Made: Through Our Hands ,The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK.
Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC.
Form as Content, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY.
Southern Highlights, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL.
Natural Wonder: The Rensing Story, Clemson City Hall, Clemson, SC.
Velocity of Textiles, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Natural Dye Showcase, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA.
Intertwined: Contemporary Southeastern Fiber Art, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA
Art from the Ashes, Invitational Exhibition at the Tapps Art Center, Columbia, SC
Season of Soil, Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg, WI.
Crafting Civil (War) Conversations, McKissick Museum, Columbia, SC
At the Edge of the Quilt: New Work, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, West Midlands, UK
The Quilt Show, Episode 1711, Subscription Internet program.

Fiber Fever, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO.
How We See Her, Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO.
26th Annual Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, Decatur, GA.
Mending: New Uses for Old Traditions, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.
2014 Instructor Exhibition at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY.
South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibition, North Charleston, SC.
Radical Elements, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Springs, MD,
Volumes 2: Women Bound by Art, Curtis R. Harley Gallery, Spartanburg, SC.
35th Annual Juried South Carolina Art Competition, Pickens County Museum, Pickens, SC.

INTERweave: Extreme Fibers, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia, NY.
Connecting Concepts & Medium: Fiber Arts in South Carolina, Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Pickens, SC.
701 South Carolina Biennial, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC.
Shifting Threads, Artlink Center of the Arts, Fort Wayne, IN.
Interior Spaces, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC.
National Fiber Directions, Wichita Center of the Arts, WIchita, KS.
Down to Sleep Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA.
34th Contemporary Crafts National Juried Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ.
The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH
Metaphors on Aging and Text Messages, traveling SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibition.

2012 Quilt Festival, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, La Conner, WA.
SAQA I'm Not Crazy, Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling, juried exhibition.
Things That Go Bump in the Night, Vision Gallery invitational exhibition, Chandler, AZ.
Bull Street: Life Behind the Walls, The State Museum, Columbia, SC
Narrative Threads, Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC
Crafts National, national juried fine craft exhibition at the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS
Art and the Human Form, national juried exhibit at Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
Art Quilt Lowell 2012, at the Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA
Meet the Designers,invitational exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
La Grange National XXVII,national juried fine art show, La Grange, GA
33rd Annual Contemporary Crafts, national fine crafts juried show at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

The Winter Show, invitational exhibit at the Green Hill Center, Greensboro, NC
Art of Fiber, national juried show, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA
Fashion and the Female, invitational show, The Arts Center, Greenwood, SC.
National Juried Quilt Exhibit at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, Maryland.
The 32nd Annual Winter Show, an invitational show at the Green Hill Center for the Arts, Greensboro, NC
Layers of Memory, a SAQA juried national traveling exhibition, through June 2012
Green: A Color and a Cause
. The Textile Museum, Washington, DC.
Art Quilt Lowell, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA
THE ArT-QuILT ExPERIENCE, Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY.
Six Contemporary Quilt Artist, invitational show, Earlville Opera House Art Center, Earlville, NY
An American Dream: A Juxtaposition and 14th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL. 
Handcrafted, Rocky Mount, NC.
Volusia Wrapped in Fiber, DeBary, FL.
Wearable Arts Awards, Port Moody, British Columbia

Fiber Plus. Yonkers, NY

Art Quilts Lowell, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA. 
Australian Patchwork and Quilt Challenge International Challenge and traveling exhibition. 
ArtQuilt Element 2010.  Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA. 
Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY.
Art Quilts XV: Needleplay,.  Chandler Art Center, Chandler, AZ. 
LaGrange XXVI Biennial, Chattahoochee Valley Museum, LaGrange, GA. Merit Award

Handcrafted, Rocky Mount, NC.
Art Quilts Lowell, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA. 
National Juried Art Media Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC.
Palmetto Hands, North Charleston Arts Center, North Charleston, SC.  Best of Show.

Materials:  Hard and Soft, Denton TX. Merit Award.
South Carolina State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition. Columbia, SC.
Craftforms, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

35th Annual Competition at the FayettevilleMuseum of Art; Fayetteville, NC.
Lines into Shapes, Art Center of Estes Park, Colorado
National Bead and Fiber Exhibit, Delaphaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD.
National Juried Art Media Exhibition, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

Fiber Fever, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO.
Palmetto Hands, North Charleston Arts Center, North Charleston, SC

18th National Juried Art Exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance, Marbleton, GA
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem National Juried Exhibition, Winston-Salem, NC
Gateway National Juried Show, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM.  Purchase Award.

Pattern and Decoration, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, IL
La Grange National XXIII, Biennial. Chattahoochee Vallery Museum, GA.

The Legacy of Romare Bearden, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

More images of my work!


Last Words: Eternal Rest, solo show at the Georgia Agriculture Museum Gallery, 2016

PLAYA: A Month in Paradise, solo show at Anastasia & Friends, 2016

Susan's booth at the American Craft Council's Baltimore show, 2016

Flicker Feather I

Flicker Feather II

Lift and Tuck

Skirt! is a Rebel

The Virgin of Gone and Forgotten

Spool Quilt, front

Spool Quilt, reverse

Spiral I


Window CXXII

Threads: Gathering My Thoughts

Gallery Representation
 Grovewood Gallery
 Mouse House, Inc.

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