Critic and arts writer Suzanne Beal has curated shows at Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Kirkland Arts Center and Sandpoint Gallery. Her articles have appeared in local and national publications, including Art in America, American Craft, Fiberarts and Sculpture magazines. She is a regular contributor to City Arts.

Recent Articles

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Art of Conversation

With La Norda Specialo, visual artist Matthew Offenbacher is turning visual artists into better writers, with the goal of making them better artists. Artists’ statements are used for everything from grant applications to museum and gallery wall...
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Art of Darkness

In a University of Washington basement, Kris Anderson is picking through the history of the School of Art, one unidentified work at a time. Kris Anderson holds up an untitled piece by Christian Straub from 1973. Photography by Andrew Waits for City...
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Where Do We Go?

As Federal Center South shuts down, artists search for new spaces to work. When City Arts published a feature in the August issue about the artists renting studio space at the Federal Center South Building of the General Service Administration, there...
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Home Base

A working artist and PhD student at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media, Tivon Rice is at home with robotics, sculpture, computers and the “Vacu Suck 2000.” Photo by Victoria Lahti A) In preparation for his February show at the...
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The Unlikely Patron

In a small Green Lake bungalow an extensive collection of local art cultivated through modest means hangs, leans and sits around the city’s most unexpected collector. Photography by Caleb Plowman The first time I saw David Lewis was at the Henry...
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A Society of Artists, the Federal Government and a Top-Secret Studio

Federal Center South is an impersonal-looking gated office complex that appears to rise out of the Duwamish River just off of East Marginal Way. The buildings house a number of government agencies, including the FBI — which explains its undercover...
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Outside the Machine

Seattle artist Jesse Edwards: a prolific troublemaker with energy to burn. Photography by Caleb Plowman Entering artist Jesse Edwards’ downtown Seattle apartment building, one is confronted by a series of contradictions. Although the building is...
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When Memories Collide

At 57, sculptor and UW professor Akio Takamori finds himself on the edge of fame. Photo by Alejandro Tomás It was 1996 and ceramic sculptor Akio Takamori had just received a package that contained pieces of his past. Delicately unwrapping the...
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Enemies, A Love Story

Choreographer Donald Byrd is dead serious about addressing the biggest themes of the day, including war and peace in the Middle East. Choreographer Donald Byrd | photo by Charles Peterson The homework was to come up with common preconceived notions...
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The Art of the Dealer

In their first group show ever, Seattle’s top art dealers place their bets on the best 49 local artists of the 21st century. Imagine walking into a bakery to buy a pie. The baker says, “You know who’s got great pie? The bakery down the...
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Crazy Perfect

Or, How to Make Many People Happy at a Restaurant in Kirkland and Feel Pretty Good about Yourself. It’s ten o’clock on Sunday at Seattle’s Fremont Market and things are not going smoothly for Holly Smith. The owner and executive chef of Café...
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Pictures of a Disappearing World

Phil Borges travels far from his home on Mercer Island to document with compassion the faces of a diverse and enduring, yet increasingly endangered, population. Photograph by Charles Peterson for City Arts For someone who speaks no other language...