The "Garage Gallery" 1999 had so much neighborhood traffic that I hosted sales and exhibitions. I have been in many studio spaces since then and will always have pride for my first creative space. No heat, so throwing pots with boiled water carried out to the studio in winter months toughened me up. Summer was blazing hot, Boise temp would be over 105* F and inside the brick oven garage I never dared bring a thermometer. I just sprayed myself with a water bottle that I used on paintings and pottery and blasted a small fan.

Since then I have had the luxury of heat and air conditioning and plenty of comforts. Having support from ones community is paramount to maintaining what I have to do,  the bravery to be an Artist. Thank you to all that supported me over the last 22 professional years and to those of you finding me for the first time. I hope to inspire or at least bring a little sunshine your way!

May you one day find yourself on a cliff that overlooks natures beauty and in that moment be filled with complete peace. I carry this inner calm and bliss with me from the hills, mountains, rivers, and rock faces to my studio and translate what I have received into art.

I couldn't agree more with this Georgia O'keefe quote. "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."


Suzanne Lee Chetwood    (208) 433-0220 -

SELECT AWARDS/PUBLIC ART_______________________________________________

2017 Savor Idaho Invitational - Eagle Paint Out, Hosted by Finer Frames, Boise ID.

2017 Public Art Traffic Box Mural - Boise City Department of Arts and History Boise, Idaho. Corner of shoreline and Americana/City of Eagle HWY 55 and Hill road

2016 Featured Artist - Idaho The Moive 2 Emmy Award-winning film.

2016 Art n Sip - Featured Artist Meridian Arts Foundation, Meridian, Idaho.

2016 Meridian Public Art Traffic Box Mural - Meridian, Idaho.

2015 MAC Artist Traffic Box  - Meridian, Idaho.

2015 People Choice Award - Eagle Paint Out, Hosted by Finer Frames, Eagle ID.

2013 Public Art Traffic Box Mural - Boise City Department of Arts and History Boise,  Idaho. Corner of Franklin and Allumbaugh.

2013 Public Art Finalist- Boise Airport Ticketing Mural to commemorate Boise's sesquicentennial.

2010 Artist In Residence- Boise City Department of Arts and History, (double) 4 month residency, Boise, Idaho.

1992 Pennsylvania Governors School of Excellence for the Arts-Erie, Pennsylvania. Full art and residential scholarship summer institute.

SELECT EXHIBITIONS__________________________________________________


              2018   "Portrait and Lens" Evermore Gallery Boise, Idaho.

             2017    "Place and Environment" Upcycle Boise, Idaho.

            2016    "Reflections: Cheers, Toasts, and Odes" The Mode Boise, Idaho.

             2016"Un petit vacances" The Gallery at Finer Frames, Eagle, Idaho.

2014   "Idaho, The Other Side of the Fence" Initial Point Gallery, Meridian, ID.

2013   "Traces of Wheat" Solid Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

2009    "Painting Rock and Drainage" The Loft Gallery, Hailey, Idaho.

2008    "Of The Earth" The Basement Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

2006    "Love Affair with Idaho" The Artisan Gallery, Eagle, Idaho.

2000    "The Clay Canvas Box" Picture This Gallery, Boise Idaho.

1995    "Emergence" Huntingdon Historical Society Gallery, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.


            2018 Idaho Hopes, Gem Center for the Arts, Boise, Idaho

2018    32 Cells: Origins, Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise, Idaho

             2017    Eagle Plein Air Festival,  Eagle, Idaho

             2017    Zion's Bank Aritst Reception, Boise, Idaho

            2016  Zion's Bank Artist Reception, Boise, Idaho

2015 "Healing Arts" The Gallery at Finer Frames, Eagle, Idaho. Juror: Meg Glasgow.

2014    "The Northwest Experience" The Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA. Jurors: Michael J. Lewis/Gregg Schlanger.

2014    "Idaho, The Other Side of the Fence" Initial Point Gallery, Meridian, Idaho. Juror: Dwight Williams.

2010    "Kiss Me" Pop Revolution Gallery, Mason, Ohio. Juror: Pattie Byron

2009    "Figures" The Gallery at Hyde Park, Boise, Idaho.

2005    "Crafts National 39" Zoller Gallery, State College, Pennsylvania. Juror: Jean McLaughlin.

2005    "BOSCO " Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho.

2002    "Alumni Show" Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

1992   "Student Exhibition" Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntingdon, PA.


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY___________________________________________________

2017    Boise Weekly Volume 25, Issue 38, March 8-14, cover art.

2015  Boise Weekly Volume 24, Issue 23, November 25-December 1, Cover art.

2013    Idaho Statesman May 15, Cover, "Boise's public art scene booms"

2005    Idaho Statesman May 10, “Neighborhood feels energy of artist’s studio”

2003    Thrive Magazine 9-23-03 “Brushing up with Suzanne Lee” (Cover and pages 28-29)

2003    Boise Weekly Volume 11, Issue 50, June 18-24, “Double Exposure”      

SELECT EDUCATION_______________________________________________

2016    The Business of Art Workshop- McLean Art Projects  - Surel's Place, Boise ID.

2014    Boise Public Art Academy- Boise City Department of Arts and History. Boise, Idaho.

2007    Boise State University-Professional Art Practices, Harriet Estel Burman.

2004    Albertsons College of Idaho-Arts Powered Schools Certificate, Caldwell, ID.

1999    Boise State University- BFA Ceramics and Painting, certified K-12 Idaho teaching certificate. Full 4 year artistic and academic scholarship graduating magna cum laude. Boise, Idaho.

1992    Juniata College-  2 years Ceramics Studies, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.




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