Introducing Suzanne Dittenber

Photo of Suzie in her studio in the Grovewood Gallery courtesy of Kari Barrows (Class of 2017 Mass Communication), originally published in Mountain Xpress (June 20, 2017).

Art and Art History has a new Assistant Professor in Painting

Suzanne Dittenber comes to Asheville from Taylor University, a small liberal arts university in Indiana, where she taught all levels of painting, drawing, and printmaking. She was also the gallery director and curated many exhibitions between 2013 and 2017. Prior to Indiana, she taught at the University of New Hampshire and Granite State College. At UNC Asheville, Suzie will teach Foundation Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Painting II this fall; she will eventually rotate and teach all levels of two-dimensional art (particularly painting and drawing) and Senior Exhibitions as well as participating in the Humanities and Arts and Ideas Programs.

Suzie earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of New Hampshire (summa cum laude) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Columbus College of Art and Design (summa cum laude and valedictorian). She also holds a Completion of Studies in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking in the AICAD Mobility Program from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and English Education (magna cum laude) from Grace College. Suzie has been awarded residencies in New York; Portland and Cranberry Island, Maine; Johnson, Vermont; Lehon, France, and others.

Suzie has participated in many exhibitions including solo exhibitions in New York; Indianapolis, Bloomington, Huntington, and Muncie, Indiana; and Great Cranberry Isle and Kittery, Maine. She has participated in numerous juried and invitational group exhibitions in the Northeast and Midwest (United States) as well as in France. Suzie will participate in the 2017 Annual UNC Asheville Art Faculty Exhibition August 25 - September 22, 2017 in S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall. Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 6-8:00 p.m.

For a comprehensive list of Suzie's residencies/exhibitions and to view her portfolio, please visit her website.

Summary of Research Interests/Current Project

Suzie offers the following comments about her art:

Knowledge can be broadly defined as awareness gained. Ways of knowing include experiences with the physical, proficiencies gained by manipulation of materials, alterations that summon rejoinders: all captured within a work of art.

My current research explores this type of knowing through paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and videos of reading material submerged in, suspended above or immediately affected by water. The printed page at the mercy of the universal solvent.

Broadly speaking, my paintings find persistent and perennial focus around the search for undiluted instances of striking color interaction and subtle spatial interplays achieved through a sensitivity to color’s manifold capabilities. James Elkins describes painting as “liquid thought.” I am always seeing connections between one’s state of mind and the means of handling paint.

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Ms. Suzanne Dittenber
Assistant Professor
213 Owen Hall, CPO 1840
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804