Susan Heard

Owner, Cinnabar Art

Susan Oliver Heard, GG, GJ, AJA, was born in downtown San Antonio at Nix hospital on a hot day in the summer when most of the city was probably out of town. Saint Mary’s Hall was the only school she attended in San Antonio from 1982-­‐1997. In the fall of 1997 she matriculated at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. Her studies led her to Bali, Indonesia to study music, London to study art and drama, and Vienna, Austria to study art and piano performance. In 2001 she graduated with honors distinction and a BA in three concentrations: Classics, History, Political theory, with an undeclared minor in piano performance. Precious gemstones and metallurgy had always been a passion for Susan that began in high school and extended through her college years. She moved to Telluride, CO, but planned regular trunk shows for jewelry at various locations in Texas, New York, California, Florida, and Colorado. In 2004 she moved to San Diego, CA to receive three certifications in jewelry design, fabrication, and graduate gemology from the Gemological Institute of America. In 2005 Susan received an award for her design by the world-­‐renowned jewelry company Levian. The contest was held in honor of the Jeweler’s for children charity and Susan was distinguished in the patriotic category with the award given in Las Vegas, NV in May 2005. Shortly after that she completed her education at GIA and moved back to Telluride, CO to manage an art gallery and jewelry store that specializes in large outdoor sculpture and custom jewelry. After five exciting years working with clients from all over the world, the baptismal river water below Nix hospital called her back home. She returned to San Antonio full time in January 2012. Susan continued her art consulting and custom jewelry business and expanded that to creating her own outdoor sculpture. In 2012 she managed the artist Gil Bruvel in Wimberley, TX.


Cinnabar’s first opening was September 5, 2013 and featured a solo show for world renowned artist George Krause. George Krause: San Miguel Exposed received the choice award for Foto Septiembre. In January of 2014 Cinnabar was awarded “best new gallery on 2013” by the Rivard Report readers.

In April 2014 Cinnabar was awarded “Best Gallery” by The San Antonio Current magazine readers. Cinnabar has received mentions in the Express-­‐News, ArtForum, Garden & Guns, San Antonio Magazine, Current, Rivard Report, top ten galleries on, and LOCAL. Cinnabar exhibited in the Santa Fe art fair July 2013 and 2015, and in Art LIMA in Peru in March 2014.


Susan is a proud member of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museuem board of directors, the Artist Foundation board of directors, the SAMA Contemporary Art Visiting Committe, the advisory board for the Hill Country Science Mill, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Leadership San Antonio class 39, the MD Anderson Advance Team board, and the Art and Cultural committee for the HPARC-­‐Hemisfair Park and Redevelopment Corporation.

In May 2014 mayor Julian Castro appointed Susan to serve on the City of San Antonio zoning commission before he relocated to Washington, D.C. to serve as as HUD secretary for President Obama’s cabinet. In April 2015 Susan was elected Vice-­‐ chair of the zoning commission. In January 2016 Susan was appointed by Bexar County commissioner’s court to serve on the Public Art Committee for San Pedro Creek.