Suzanne Scott Constantine is a performance, mixed media and installation artist whose work focuses on representations of the marginalized and disenfranchised people in our culture and around the world. She creates performance pieces as well as lecture presentations on issues of racial, gender and class injustices; whiteness and white privilege; contemporary art dealing with social justice issues. She is a Professor in the social justice concentration in the Integrative Studies Program at George Mason University. She also served as Director of Women and Gender Studies from 2009-2013. She holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art, with a concentration in art as cultural critique and social action, from Goddard College, and an M.A. in English Literature, with a concentration in feminist literary theory, from James Madison University. Much of her academic work focuses on methods of fostering democratic dialogue in a diverse classroom. She has developed a range of courses that explore issues of social justice, race, class and gender and that explore the role of the creativity and the arts in helping to communicate across divides on these issues. She works in collaborative environments to define strategies for enhancing dialogue in the classroom when covering difficult or emotion-laden subjects.
She maintains an art studio at Workhouse Arts Center, Building 5, in Lorton, Virginia.
Workshop and Presentation topics:
- Art as Cultural Critique
- Explores the ways in which art-making can intervene in social problems and raise awareness of injustices.
- Gender in Pop Culture
- Explores the ways in which masculinity and femininity are constructed and the ways myths about women and men are perpetuated.
- Racial Injustices
- Explores ways in which the issues of racial discrimination for African Americans is being expanded to include Arab Americans, Latinos/Latinas, and all people of color.
- Whiteness and Privilege
- Examines the construction of race and basic assumptions about similarities and differences.