Susan Shields
BFA, University of Missouri-Columbia
MFA, Academy of Art University

Susan Shields has been a Continuing Education instructor since 2004, teaching Life Drawing and Art Anatomy, Portraiture, Observational Drawing, Color Theory, Portfolio Preparation, Painting for Veterans, and Mining Your Creative DNA. Following her studies at Studio Art Centers, International, and the Florence Academy of Art (both in Florence), she has taught through the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and many area art, nature, and community centers. As a 2003–2004 fellow at Banfill-Locke Art Center, Shields was also the 2007–2008 Exhibition Chair of (and a mentor for) the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota. She has illustrated multiple medical textbooks for the University of Minnesota and reviewed various arts education publications for the Teaching Artist Journal. In addition to visual art, Shields teaches ballet and flute, both privately, and through local performance art venues. Susan is a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grantee.