Susan Stair is an environmental artist based in New York City. Her large-scale art installations are created with clay impressions of live tree bark incorporating mosaic landscapes. Stair also produces smaller ceramics and works on paper that illustrate recently published scientific findings informed by her study of trees and their impact on the environment. 

Stair has produced five public art installations in NYC Parks since 2016.   “Setting the Stage for Climate Change” is installed in Morningside Park until August 2024.  “Ascending the Mountain”, 2021, was installed in 3 sections in Marcus Garvey Park.  “Roots on Fire” was installed in Art Park, East Harlem, “Tree Reflections” was installed in Marcus Garvey Park and later Conference House Park and “Setting the Stage for Climate Change, is in Morningside Park through July 2024.

Her permanent installations include “By the Water”, 2009, a commission for the NYC Construction Department Sites for Students program installed in PS 189x in the Bronx.   Parkadon Development Corporation commissioned “Returning to the River”, 2018, installed in the lobby of 70 West 139th St. in Harlem. She has 3 other mosaics in public schools designed and built with students.

Stair has exhibited her smaller works in the United States and Asia where she lived for many years.   “The Wood Wide Web” at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, NJ.

Exhibitions in Asia include Galleria Duemilla, PI, the US Embassy in Manila, The Fringe Gallery in Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Cultural Center, and the Tokyo Design Center, Japan.  

Originally from Philadelphia she holds an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Delaware.