Suzanne Gibbs Art

Dual State Living:
California and Oregon
(541) 253-1258



Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA, May 2013
Master of Fine Art – Studio Art        

University of Portland, Portland, OR, 1995
Master of Science – Management Communication

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Design, Graduated with University Honors

Professional Experience

Suzanne Gibbs Art, Self Employed


Fine Art and Graphic Design

  • Deliver top collector experiences in art purchases—my paintings
  • Washed Ashore, Bandon Oregon, Artist In Residence and Site Manager, 2017 (further details below)
  • Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, on-call Gallery Assistant, 2014
  • Napa Valley Swim Team, Napa, CA, Designer for online team handbook, 2004-2008
  • Morgan Lane Real Estate, Yountville, CA, Cyndi Gates Marketing and Newsletter, 2002-2004
  • Kaffee Kaba, Portland, OR, Graphic Design—store signs and menu, 1993-1995
  • Fred Meyer, Portland, OR, Graphic Design—advertising section of weekly flyer, 1993
  • Cisco Systems, Inc., Mountain View, CA, Graphic Design, 1989-1993
  • NUVO Design, San Jose, CA, Graphic Design—newsletters, manuals, flyers, 1989
  • Copy Ink, San Jose, CA, Graphic Design—1988-1989

Art Educator and Workshop Presenter

  • Teaching Assistant, conference presenter, and interviewee at Sketchbook Skool, and online school for artists from around the world. Providing supportive and encouraging feedback to students enrolled in SBS online classes, both in the Facebook feed, Mighty Networks, and in the SBS discussion/comments sections online in Disqus.
  • Lead workshops in creativity, drawing, and collage with adults of all ages and abilities, 2013-2015.
  • EncaustiCON 2013, Santa Fe, NM, Master Teacher and Presenter
  • Bowers Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA, Master Teaching Artist for the Treasures Program and Contracted instructor for senior programming, 2013-2015
  • Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, Docent and Workshop Presenter, for students of the museum as well as for peers and fellow docents, 2012-2015
  • Art Workshops in collaboration with Tustin Parks and Recreation, 2011-2015
  • Taught a series of workshops in the studio of Juanita Hoffman, Fullerton, CA, 2014-2015
  • Paint: LAB, Santa Monica, CA, Contracted Painting Instructor, 2011-2012
  • Arts Council Napa Valley, CA, Community Trained Art Teacher for NVUS, 2008-2011
  • St John Catholic School, Napa, CA, Art Program Creator, Coordinator and Teacher – art classes in grade levels K-6 using a California Standards based curriculum, 2007-2009
  • Vichy Elementary School, Napa, CA, Art Teacher, 2004-2011
  • Napa Valley Adult School, Napa, CA, Credentialed Teacher, 2006-2010
  • St. Apollinaris Church and School, Napa, CA, Creative Instructor, 2008-2010
  • Blue Oak School, Napa, CA, Art Lesion, 2002-2004
  • Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR, Teacher – Art Program for school age children, 1996-1997
  • Adjunct Instructor – Graphic Design and Communication, University of Portland, Portland, OR, 1994-1995

Author and Illustrator

  • Author, designer, editor, production artist, illustrator and publisher of my second book, My Year of Separation: the impossible task of separation from self, utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Available on Amazon and from my website. 
  • Author, designer, editor, production artist, illustrator and publisher of my first full-length illustrated self-help book self-published book: Conscious Curiosity: Communicating to Connect. Available on Amazon

Artist in Residence and Site Manager at Washed Ashore in Bandon, OR, 2017 

  • Maker—huge sculptures that travel to venues to educate the public about marine debris (garbage) and the harm plastics are causing in our oceans.
  • Project management—adherence to schedule for delivery of sculptures including written materials for museums and botanical gardens, and the UN Conference on Ocean Health
  • Site Management—clean-up, inventory control, creating and executing process improvement plans for debris processing resulting in 4 day clean up (from 2-4 months)
  • Team player—focused on the success of the organization, inclusive of workers of varied abilities and expertise
  • Weekly status reports delivered at weekly staff meetings

Teaching Experience During Self-Financed MFA Studies


Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, Teaching Assistant in Documentary Media with Jesse Lerner

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, Peer Instructor: Collaborative Arts and Community – Creativity and Social Experience

University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, Teaching Assistant in Painting 2 with Ruth Trotter

University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, Teaching Assistant in 2D Design with Ruth Trotter


Productivity and Data Management Tools: Todoist, Asana, Evernote, DropBox, Artwork Archive, TeamUp, Airtable

Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Social Media/Internet Applications: G Suite, WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, Mighty Networks, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube (iMovie), Zoom, Skype, Twitter, Layout for Instagram, Later for Instagram, PhotoFunia, Linktree for Instagram, Meetup, Quora, Blogger, StumbleUpon, Patreon
Email Contact: MailChimp, Constant Contact


2013–Quick Grant Award through the Creative Capacity Fund, Los Angeles

2012, 2013–Fellowship Award, Claremont Graduate University, Master of Fine Arts Program

2012–Claremont Graduate University, Exhibit Proposal: “Religion and the American Home Life”

for The National Museum of American Religion

2011–Claremont Graduate University, Graduate Student Council, Travel Award

2009–Selected by: Arts Council Napa Valley as a Working Artist Member for the Teaching Artist Training Program


Membership (Past and Present)

Redwood Art Association

Morris Graves Museum of Art

International Encaustic Artists

College Art Association

Arts Council for Long Beach

Long Beach Museum of Art

Orange County Museum of Art

Tustin Area Council For Fine Arts

Tustin Art League

Arts Council Napa Valley

Napa Valley Art Association

Arts Guild of Sonoma

Calistoga Art Center




Noozhawk in Santa Barbara, Original Artworks Up for Grabs in a fundraiser exhibition for Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy.


Orange County Register, Artist Gibbs to remain in Tustin, by Luke Harold,

On Tour at LBMA: Docent Council Newsletter, By Debby B Thompson, Suzanne Gibbs Exhibits at Claremont.

Inland Empire Weekly, by Suzanne Walsh,

Three Squares A Day on YouTube by Debbie B Thompson,

Studio Visit, Volume 20, Jonathan Greene, Curator, A Juried Selection of International Visual Artists, The Open Studios Press 2012


Language Skills

Basic Spanish, learned while living in Mexico as a child.
Barely there Portuguese, learned while living in Brazil.


Additional Training and Education

Member of Alyson Stanfield’s Art Biz Success Inner Circle, 2017–2019

Trained in Visual Thinking Strategies for museums and schools, Napa, 2010 – 2011

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, 2008, Advanced Abstract Painting

Napa Valley College, Napa, CA, 2002 – 2011, Studio Art

Arts Council Napa Valley, Napa Valley, CA, Working Artist Member, 2007 – 2011

R&F Paints, Certified Trained Instructor, Corralitos, CA, 2013

Teaching Artist Training Program, By Invitation Only, Course Completed, 2009

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2004 – 2010                                                         

Preliminary Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching: Fine Art & Communication Skills

CBEST, 2004

Trained Literacy Volunteer, Mountain View, CA, 1994 – 1999

Foothill College, Los Altos, CA 1993, Education Studies