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 recently retired Professor of social justice and human rights in the Integrative Studies Program at George Mason University, where she also served as Director of Women and Gender Studies. 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. Her academic work and her art practice focus on the historical and contemporary lives of marginalized people and finding ways to address our own blind spots and assumptions about others. She has developed a range of courses and a body of artwork 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 workshops when covering difficult or emotion-laden subjects. She was a resident artist at Workhouse Arts Center, Building 5, in Lorton, Virginia, until her retirement. She now resides in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Workshop and Presentation topics, all of which deal with intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality:
- 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 are perpetuated.
- Racial Injustices
- Explores ways in which the issues of racial discrimination for African Americans is being expanded to include Arab Americans, Latinx and all people of color.
- Whiteness and Privilege
- Examines the construction of race and basic assumptions about similarities and differences.
- LGBTQA in Media and in Life
- Explores the changes in laws and examines the issues of inclusion and exclusion.
- Artmaking for Wellbeing
- Experimental art making — journal writing, painting, drawing and performance — for wellbeing and healing.