Suzanne Garrigues was born in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey. She received her BA degree in art from Lindenwood University. She went on to earn a MA degree in art, Latin American art history and archaeology from La Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, D.F. Upon completion of her MA, she accepted a job at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where she taught a variety of courses including Modern Western art, Latin American art and architecture, Prehispanic art of Mexico and architecture in urban America. She continued her education by earning a second MA degree in western art history from The Johns Hopkins University and then went on to receive her PhD from The University of Maryland in Modern art history. She joined the faculty at MICA in 1987 where she has taught courses in Modern Western and Modern Latin American art, Land and Environmental art and the foundation course, Art Matters.
She has published essays on Wifredo Lam, Frida Kahlo, Christine Neill, Pamme Turner and Patrick McGuire. She co-curated an exhibition on the land in Contemporary Latin American Art at MICA.
Additionally, Suzanne has excavated at various archaeological sites around the world including Las Pilas, Morelos, Mexico, Xochicalco, Morelos, Mexico, Caesarea, Israel and Palm Street , Calabar, Nigeria. Archaeology and anthropology have always informed her understanding and love of art and art history.
She spends her summers in New Mexico where the land, mountains, light and sky nourish her spirit, body and mind.