Susannah Bielak creates visual narratives that straddle the historical and contemporary. By researching paradoxical situations and uncanny relationships that she encounters in personal and public life, Bielak responds to social issues with material experimentation and collaborative practices. Projects have ranged from a happening staged on a seismic shake table, to prints pulled from engraved Formica kitchen tabletops. Collaborators have included rodeo cowboys, bus drivers, a veteran barbershop quartet, and, most recently, choreographers and engineers.
A graduate of Macalester College, Bielak earned her MFA in drawing, installation, and public practice at the University of California San Diego in 2009. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally, including by the International Print Center, Luis Adelantado Mexico, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and Walker Art Center. Arts fellowships and awards include the Highpoint Jerome Fellowship, Jerome Visual Arts Fellowship, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Jerome Fellowship, Prometheus Award, and UC MEXUS Dissertation Award. Bielak’s artwork and writing have been published in Art Papers, New American Paintings, and for the National Endowment for the Arts and Walker Art Center, among others.