Susan McAlister

  • Selected Works

  • Previous Exhibitions

    Susan Mcalister: Field Days
    28 September – 3 November 2019

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    Susan Mcalister
    Land Patterns
    5 October – 12 November 2017

    Susan Mcalister
    Views from the Garden
    21 August – 20 September 2015

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    LYdM turns 20 in 2015
    9 January – 1 February 2015

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    Jessie Coles and Susan Mcalister
    New Views in Still Life and Landscape
    16 May – 15 June 2014

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  • Curriculum Vitae


    Davidson College, B.A. 1985  Davidson, NC

    2015    Studies with Yolanda Santchez

    2014    Studies with Artist Eric Aho, Vermont

    2014    Anderson Ranch Snowmass, CO Studies with Annie Lapin

    2013   Summer Studies at University of the Arts London Central St Martins

    2011   Studies with Florence Academy of Art Jordon Sokol and Jura Bedic

    2011   Studies with Artist Eric Aho

    2010   Studies with Artist Dennis Sheehan, American Tonalist Painter


    2016   Juried show, State of the Arts in Virginia, juried exhibition, Senator Mark Warner’s Office, Washington, DC

    2016   Land Patterns. Les Yeux de Monde Solo Exhibit.  Charlottesville, VA.  Oct 6 – Nov 12.

    Made In The South.  Hidell Brooks. Charlotte, NC.  July 15 – August 31, 2016.

     ArtFields 2016. A South East Juried Art Competion & Festival.  Lake City, SC  April 22-30, 2016

     The Art of Abstract.  Anne Irwin Fine Art.  Atlanta, GA.  Feb. & March, 2016

    2015    Lost & In Paradise.  Hidell Brooks solo exhibit. Charlotte, NC.  Sept. 11 – Oct.  , 2015.

    Views From The Garden.  Les Yeux du Monde solo exhibit.  Charlottesville, VA. Aug. 21 – Sept.20, 2015

    SCOPE:  The Southern Landscape.  Visual Art Exchange. Raliegh, NC.  Juror: Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia Museum of Art‘Signed & Dated’ awarded honorable mention.

    Twenty.  Les Yeux du Monde.  Charlottesville, VA. Jan 9 – Feb 5, 2015. 

    Introduction Hidell Brooks Gallery.  Charlotte, NC. Jan 9 – Feb 28, 2015.

    2014    Small Works Show. Anne Irwin Fine Art.  Atlanta, GA.  Dec. 2014.

    Southern Artists Southern Scenes.  Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA. September 19 – Oct 16, 2014.

    SCOPE: The Southern Landscape Exhibit.  Visual Art Exchange. Raleigh, NC. Juror: Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia Museum of Art

    Les Yeux du Monde. New Visions in Still Life & Landscape.  Jessie Coles and Susan McAlister. May 16 – June 15 2014. Charlottesville, VA.

    Mint Museum of Art Room to Bloom Auction. Charlotte, NC.

    ArtFields 2014, Southeastern Juried Art Fair.  April 25- May 4.

    Celebrate Latin, Charlotte Latin School Art Auction January 25, 2014.

    Visual Art Exchange, Contemporary South Juried Exhibition 
January, 2014
; Juror: David Houston, Director of The Bo Bartlett Center Columbus State University College of Arts.

    2013    Claudia Heath Fine Art, Featured Artists John Beerman, Susan McAlister and Julyan Davies.  Charlotte, NC. December 5 – 20.

    Gibbes Museum of Art, Works on Paper.  November 2013. Charleston, South Carolina

    Carolina’s Got Art July Salon Show.  Elder Art Gallery.  Charlotte, NC

    Mint Museum of Art Room to Bloom Auction.  Charlotte, NC.

    Claudia Heath Fine Art, Charlotte, NC February 2013 Exhibit

    2011   Low Country Open Land Trust Gala and Auction, Featured Artist, Charleston, SC


    Capital One, Charlottesville, VA

    Dean’s Pavilion on the Lawn, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    University of Virginia Main Hospital Lobby, Charlottesville, VA


  • Biography and Statement

    Born and raised in the Hunt Country of Virginia, Susan McAlister received her BA from Davidson College. She has studied alongside numerous acclaimed and professional artists including

    Herb Jackson and Eric Aho.

    Her paintings speak to a love of the land and a concern for the spirit of place. The artist has a keen ability to translate sensations into painting. Her lush, often abstracted landscapes are evocative and powerful explorations of her quest for places and things that nurture and inspire.

    McAlister lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, NC.

    “Lost time cannot be recaptured, but the sensual experience of that past is relived in the transcendent layers of memory which Susan McAlister recalls in paint and wax. Following in the traditions of the diverse works of Faulkner, Gorky, Mitchell, Inness and Bearden, McAlister’s works invite us into the landscapes of our own space and time.”

    Shaw Smith
    Professor of Art History and Humanities at Davidson College

  • Reviews and Publications

    Southpark Magazine  July, 2015. Big Draws.  Local Artists -From Painters To A Slam Poet- Who Are Commanding Our Attention.  

    WBTV News.  January 24, 2015.

    The Art Edge. Brian Sherwin.

    Atlantan Magazine.  December 2014.  Fresh Faces of Anne Irwin Fine Art.

    Fine Art Views January 27, 2013

    The Scout Guide June 28, 2013.

    The Scout Guide Blog July 19, 2013

    The Daily Progress Charlottesville, VA May 23, 2014 Art Notes C3

    Visual Art Exchange. SCOPE: The Southern Landscape Exhibit. June 13, 2014