Susan Point – Artist Bio
SUSAN A. POINT O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt. (1952–) is a descendant of the Musqueam people; she is the daughter of Edna Grant and Anthony Point. A Coast Salish artist who received training in wood carving from master carver, John Livingston. She also studied jewellery making with Jack Leyland. Susan has been a part of numerous exhibitions, including: ‘Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast; McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual, Vancouver Art Gallery, Coast Salish Nation Carving Gallery, British Columbia; Pavillion, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, New Visions: Serigraphs by Susan Point, Coast Salish Artist’ organized by the Museum of Anthropology, UBC.
Susan has been commissioned for many large-scale private and public collections. In 1993, Susan created various glass, copper, and cedar panels for the Vancouver International Airport and in 1994 she was commissioned to carve a 16″ diameter red cedar spindle whorl titled ‘Flight’. In 2011, she carved a house post titled ‘Rebirth’ for the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC and in 2011 she carved a red cedar Welcome Figure for Douglas College in New Westminster, 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).
Susan has works in private and corporate collections in over 20 countries.