Suze Painting in the studio


Over the past 13 plus years, Suze Ford has emerged as a prominent local artist, exhibiting at galleries and public venues across the Kansas City metro, including a stint as resident artist at ARTichokes in Leawood, Kansas. Also has shown with Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS. In 2016 she showed in a two woman show in the main gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. She currently is showing and selling her work online.

She loves interacting with her clients directly doing commissioned works as well as collaborations with other creatives, businesses and brands.

Suze has also exhibited nationally in a multitude of juried shows, galleries and specializes in composing commissioned works that are in many private collections nationwide, including the UMKC Department of Research and Development, Spaces, Decision Insight, and ABWA headquartered in Overland Park, KS. Just to name a few.

She also has received media attention from the Kansas City Star, Fox 4 news, KC
Magazine, Better Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Leawood Lifestyle Magazine, 435 South Magazine, and the Lee’s Summit Tribune.

She was chosen in 2014 to be Plaza Art Fair featured artist.
A Kansas City native, Suze received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She continued her art studies at Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, Italy, before returning to Kansas City to continue her career.

Suze is also a 2009 alum of the Kansas City Artist INC program. Artist, INC, presented by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Charlotte Street Foundation and the Missouri Business & Technology Development Center through their KCArtistLink initiative.

She currently resides and works in Lee’s Summit, MO with her husband Jose, and their children Isabella, Aurelia and Marcelo.


Suze Ford Artist in the studio

Artist Resume

Formal Education

2003  Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX:  Completing Bachelors of Fine Art’s degree, emphasis in painting and printmaking
Fashion design studies in Florence Italy Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy (painting, photography, Italian language)



  • 2016 Two Woman Exhibition, "A Layered Conversation", Leedy-Voulkos Art Center:  KC, MO
  • 2015 Exhibition, "Lyrical Absraction", Strecker-Nelson Gallery:  Manhattan, KS
  • 2014 Exhibition, "Collected Works", Strecker-Nelson Gllery:  Manhattan, KS
  • 2014 Group exhibition, "Sugar Skulls", Hilliard Gallery:  KC, MO
  • 2013 Solo exhibition, "Collected works", Room 39:  Leawood, KS
  • 2012  Solo exhibition, “Collected Works”, Spaces Inc:  Lenexa, KS
  • Group exhibition, “Collected Works”, ARTichokes: Leawood, KS
  • 2011  Group exhibition, Suze Ford, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jose Faus: “triolet; disambiguate procreate dinner @8 with  faus ford hernandez vasquez boyd” Trap Gallery: KC, MO
  • 2010  Solo exhibition, “Collected Works”, H2B:  KC, MO
  • Solo exhibition, “Suze Ford - The Love List”, American Heartland Theater:  KC, MO
  • Solo exhibition, “All Dressed Up”, Room 39:  KC,  MO
  • Group exhibition, “Fresh and Local”, Room 39: KC, MO
  • Group exhibition, “Local Aid Project”, Czar Bar:  KC, MO
  • 2009  Pecha Kucha, “A Path Through the Chaos”,  University of Missouri Kansas City:    KC, MO
  • Duo exhibition, Zest’:  Leawood, KS
  • Group exhibition, ARTichokes: Leawood, KS
  • 2008  Group exhibition, “Tiny Art”, PI Gallery: KC, MO
  • Group exhibition, “Urban Suburban” Epsten Gallery: O.P., KS
  • Group exhibition, Got Art On Third:  Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Group exhibition, Bull Dog:  KC, MO
  • Group exhibition, Kansas City Club: KC, MO
  • Group exhibition, “Go Red” Campaign Event:  KC, MO
  • Group exhibition, Piper Lofts:  KC, MO
  • Group exhibition, Sarah’s:  KC, MO
  • Members exhibition, Albrecht Kemper Museum: St. Joeseph, MO
  • Group exhibition, Colorado Technical University: KC, MO
  • 2007  Group exhibition, “Two Women”, Luminopolis:  KC, MO
  • Solo exhibition, “A Figurative Perspective”, Luminopolis:  KC, MO
  • 2005  Solo exhibition, “Meet the Artist”, Gachet:  Dallas, TX
  • Group exhibition, Art Funkles:  Dallas, TX
  • Solo exhibition, “Portraits”, Lush:  Dallas, TX
  • 2004  Judge, Art and Beyond:  Coppell, TX
  • 2003  Group exhibition, X Gallery:  Dallas, TX
  • Group exhibition, University of Dallas:  Dallas, TX
  • Solo exhibition, “A Woman’s Discovery” Women’s Center
  • (Southern Methodist University):  Dallas, TX
  • Group exhibition, “Bachelors of Fine Arts”, Pollack Gallery (Southern Methodist University):  Dallas, TX
  • Group exhibition, “22 x .5 = 11”, Doolin Gallery (Southern Methodist University):  Dallas, TX
  • Curator, “22 x .5 = 11”, Doolin Gallery (Southern Methodist University):  Dallas, TX

     Awards and Honors

    • 2014 Featured Artist, Plaza Art Fair:  KC,MO
    • 2014 Juror, Westport Art Fair:  KC, MO
    • 2013 Juror, Plaza Art Fair:  KC, MO
    • 2013 Juror, Westport Art Fair:  KC, MO
    • 2011  Merit Award, Edina Art Fair: Edina, Minnesota
    • 2010  Painting dedication, Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County-EITAS:  KC, MO
    • 2009  Artist Inc. Participant, KC, MO
    • 2008  3rd place overall exhibitor, Art Westport:  KC, MO


    • Personal Financial Group:  Overland Park, KS
    • Decision Insight:  KC, MO
    • ABWA Headquarters:  Overland Park, KS
    • 2010  Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County-EITAS: KC, MO
    • 2007  University of Missouri Kansas City, Commission for permanent collection: KC, MO


    • 2016 "Exploring Layers", KC, Magazine,
    • 2014 "Find Your Voice", Women in Business Magazine, October issue
    • 2014 "Poster Girl", KC Magazine:  KC, MO
    • 2014 "The artist Perspective", Fox41 News, September
    • 2014 "Kansas City: Local Artist Gets Top Billing", Fox41, September
    • 2014 Cover Feature:  "LS Woman Featured Artist for Plaza Art Fair", Lee's Summit Journal
    • 2014 "Plan Your Weekend at the Plaza Art Fair", This is KC, September
    • 2014 "ArtSpeak Radio Chats with Jane Booth, Suze Ford and David Wayne Reed", KKFI 90.1 FM KC, MO
    • 2012  Cover Feature:  “Suze Ford: Artist, Storyteller, Poet, Messenger”, Lee’s Summit Lifestyle Magazine, February
    • 2010  “Dressed to Impress:  Suze Ford”, Review Magazine, August
    • 2009  “Art Fair”, Lee’s Summit Tribune, May
    • 2008  “No Starving Artist Here”, Lee’s Summit Tribune, July
    • “Power & Light District…”, Kansas City Star, June
    • “K-Scene: P&L District Art Annual”, Fox 4 News, June

       Selected Juried Shows

      • Sausalito Art festival:  Sausalito, CA
      • Plaza Art Fair:  KC, MO
      • Brookside Art Fair:  KC, MO
      • Westport Art Fair:  KC, MO
      • Cottonwood art Festival:  Richardson, TX
      • 57th Street Art Fair:  Chicago, IL
      • Saint Louis art Fair:  St. Louis, MO
      • Art Fair on the Square:  Madison, WI
      • South University:  Ann Arbor, MI
      • Art City Austin:  Austin, TX
      • Uptown Art Fair:  Minneapolis, MN
      • Chicago Tribune Magnificent Mile:  Chicago, IL