Pastel artist Susan E. Roden received her fine art training at The Cleveland Institute of Art and the Art Institute of Houston. She has extensive experience in national juried exhibitions including: the prestigious Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City, where she received the Medal of Honor and First Place in 1994. Other awards include: Merit Award in 2002 in the Third Annual Pastel 100 from the Pastel Journal Magazine and the Meritorious Award from the Richeson 75 International Small Works in 2011. Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Artist International Magazine in 2002 with an accompanying article on her technique and an award of merit from the Pastel Journal. In 2009 she was honored with a solo exhibition at the Women's History Museum in San Diego, CA, where her work is in the permanent collection. She was honored as an Artist-in-Residence in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona with her work selected for the Park's permanent collection. Professional affiliations include: the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (Juried Member), New Mexico Art League, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, a Distinguished Pastelist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico where she is the 2019 President.