Susan Point ~ Coast Salish

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By Susan Point
By Susan Point

Although primarily self-taught, Susan has received training in wood carving from master carver, John Livingston. She also completed a jewellery course at Vancouver Community College with Jack Leyland. In 1981, she began to study and work in Salish art, especially with jewellery and small sculptures.

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Susan has been a part of numerous group and solo exhibitions. In 2009, her work was featured in ‘Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast’, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON. In 2010, her work was exhibited in ‘Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual’, Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Coast Salish Nation Carving Gallery, British Columbia; and Pavillion, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Vancouver, BC. In 1986, she exhibited ‘New Visions: Serigraphs by Susan Point, Coast Salish Artist’ which was organized by the Museum of Anthropology, UBC. Her work has also been featured overseas: in 1989, Susan’s work was exhibited in galleries in Switzerland alongside artists Joe David and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

Susan has been commissioned for many large-scale private and public collections since 1981. In 1993, Susan created various glass, copper, and cedar panels for the Vancouver International Airport and in 1994 she was commissioned to also carve a 16″ diameter red cedar spindle whorl titled ‘Flight’. In 2011, she carved a housepost titled ‘Rebirth’ for the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC and in 2011 she carved a red cedar Welcome Figure for Douglas College in New Wesminster, BC. Many of her pieces are featured throughout the city of Vancouver, at the Vancouver International Airport and at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.

Since the early 1990s, Susan has received numerous awards that recognize her great artistic abilities and achievements. In March of 2004, Susan was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy and in 2006 Susan was awarded the Order of Canada. In 2007, she received a BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (2008), Simon Fraser University (2008), and the University of British Columbia (2009).

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