Suzanne McClelland was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She studied at Universita Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia in Italy (1980) and the University of Michigan (B.F.A., 1981). Later she attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York (M.F.A., 1989), and she now lives and works in New York City. McLleland had exhibited extensively across America and has had shows in Europe and Asia. Her work can be found in public collections which include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; the New York Public Library; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Orlando Museum of Art, Florida.
Many of her works have been described as “standing on the razor’s edge between painting and drawing”. For her 2007 show at David Krut Projects New York, Nancy Princenthal wrote, “Best known as a painter, McClelland is an adept of visual language—of speech and text transformed to image, always witty and often funny. Her abundant formal intelligence, and even her sense of humor, were evident here, too, not least in the few drawings that stray into loopy abstraction and, almost, figuration. But underneath all was an urgent plea: to penetrate the fog of war, at least far enough to see some of the people it engulfs.”