Born and raised in the Hunt Country
of Virginia, Susan McAlister received her BA from Davidson College. She has studied alongside numerous acclaimed and professional artists including Herb Jackson and Eric Aho.

Her paintings speak to a love of the land and a concern for the spirit of place. The artist has a keen ability to translate sensations into painting. Her lush, often abstracted landscapes are evocative and powerful explorations of her quest for places and things that nurture and inspire.

McAlister lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, NC.

"Lost time cannot be recaptured, but the sensual experience of that past is relived in the transcendent layers of memory which Susan McAlister recalls in paint and wax. Following in the traditions of the diverse works of Faulkner, Gorky, Mitchell, Inness and Bearden, McAlister’s works invite us into the landscapes of our own space and time.”

Shaw Smith

Professor of Art History and Humanities at Davidson College

All work is copyright of the artist

1963, Virgina

Davidson College, B.A. 1985  Davidson, NC



• Forest Field Flora. University of Georgia Circle Gallery. March 28 – April 30, 2019. Athens, Georgia

• Echo. Hidell Brooks. Charlotte, NC September 2019

• Solo Exhibition. Les Yeux du Monde. Charlottesville, VA. October 2019


• 20 Year Exhibit Hidell Brooks Gallery June 2018-July 2018. Charlotte, NC

• Hidell Brooks Winston-Salem Pop-Up 2018

• Hidell Brooks Richmond Pop-Up 2018


• Land Patterns. Les Yeux de Monde Solo Exhibit. Oct 6 – Nov 12, 2017. Charlottesville, VA

• Natural Patterns. Hidell Brooks Solo Exhibit.  Sept 8 – Oct 15, 2017. Charlotte, NC

• Recent Acquisitions.  Van Every Smith Galleries. July 2017. Davidson, NC

• Women of Abstraction: Fran O’Neill, Susan McAlister, Rae Broyles & Page Davis. Sublime Original at the DeLo Gallery   
  Jacksonville, Fla. Feb. 10- March 10. 2017

• Hidell Brooks Winston-Salem Pop-Up. Jan. 31– Feb. 2, 2017. Winston-Salem, NC


• GreenHill Center for NC Arts.  Winter Show Exhibition. Dec 4, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017. Greensboro, NC.

• State of the Arts in Virginia. 2016 Collection. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office. Washington, D.C.

• Made In The South.  Hidell Brooks. Charlotte, NC. July 15 – August 31, 2016

• ArtFields 2016. A South East Juried Art Competion & Festival. Lake City, SC April 22-30, 2016

• The Art of Abstract.  Anne Irwin Fine Art.  Atlanta, GA. Feb. & March, 2016


• Lost & In Paradise.  Hidell Brooks solo exhibit. Charlotte, NC. Sept. 11 – Oct.  , 2015

• Views From The Garden.  Les Yeux du Monde solo exhibit. Charlottesville, VA. Aug. 21 – Sept. 20, 2015

• SCOPE:  The Southern Landscape.  Visual Art Exchange. Raleigh, NC. Juror: Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia Museum
  of Art ‘Signed & Dated’ awarded honorable mention

• Twenty.  Les Yeux du Monde. Charlottesville, VA. Jan 9 – Feb 5, 2015

• Introduction Hidell Brooks Gallery. Charlotte, NC. Jan 9 – Feb 28, 2015


• Small Works Show. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA.  Dec. 2014

• Southern Artists Southern Scenes. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA. September 19 – Oct 16, 2014

• SCOPE: The Southern Landscape Exhibit. Visual Art Exchange. Raleigh, NC. Juror: Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia
  Museum of Art

• Les Yeux du Monde. New Visions in Still Life & Landscape. Jessie Coles and Susan McAlister. May 16 – June 15 2014
  Charlottesville, VA

• Mint Museum of Art Room to Bloom Auction. Charlotte, NC

• ArtFields 2014, Southeastern Juried Art Fair. April 25- May 4

• Celebrate Latin, Charlotte Latin School Art Auction January 25, 2014

• Visual Art Exchange, Contemporary South Juried Exhibition January, 2014;
  Juror: David Houston, Director of The Bo Bartlett Center Columbus State University College of Arts


• Claudia Heath Fine Art, Featured Artists John Beerman, Susan McAlister and Julyan Davies. Charlotte, NC. December 5 – 20

• Gibbes Museum of Art, Works on Paper. November 2013. Charleston, SC

• Carolina’s Got Art July Salon Show.  Elder Art Gallery. Charlotte, NC

• Mint Museum of Art Room to Bloom Auction. Charlotte, NC

• Claudia Heath Fine Art, Charlotte, NC February 2013 Exhibit


• Low Country Open Land Trust Gala and Auction, Featured Artist, Charleston, SC