Log In

Susan Putnam Christiansen Edit Profile

artist , educator , consultant

Susan Putnam Christiansen, American artist, educator, consultant. Certified: secondary teacher, California. Chair Stanford Memorial Church docents; Member of Stanford Alumni Association, Palo Alto History Association, Stanford History Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto.


Christiansen, Susan Putnam was born on September 4, 1938 in Fresno, California, United States. Daughter of Murray and Iolene Lazelle (Lund) Putnam.


Bachelor in Biology, Art, Stanford University, 1960; Master of Arts in Education, Stanford University, 1961.


Teacher science and art, Blach School, Los Altos, California, 1961-1962; teacher art appreciation, Jefferson County Schools, Denver, 1963-1968; docent, Denver Art Museum, 1963-1970; docent trainer, classroom aide, Palo Alto (California) School District and Cultural Center, 1973-1984; art consultant, Children's Hospital, Stanford, California, 1985-1990; researcher, Creative Superior vena cava syndrome, Stanford Alumni Association, 1989-1992; docent, Stanford Museum Art, since 1982. Freelance artist, illustrator, consultant, since 1973. Children's art teacher, painter Hilo Art Center, Big Island, Hawaii, 1971-1973.

Chairman African art lecture group Stanford Museum Art, since 1990.


  • Certified: secondary teacher, California.


  • Other Work

    • Illustrator: signs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 1971-1973. United States Geological Survey, 1977. Muralist Children's Hospital, 1979-1984.

      Painter, illustrator Stanford Centennial exhibit, 1991, portraits, Stanford Management Group and Alumni Association.


Member organizing committee education Palo Alto Centennial, 1992-1993. Member Stanford Alumni Association (nomination committee 1970), National Trust for Historic Preservation, Council for Arts (vice president special projects committee since 1989), Stanford History Society, Palo Alto History Association, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, piano, gardening, cooking, family geneology.


Married Robert Lorenz Christiansen, June 23, 1962. Children: Peter Putnam and John Robert (twins), Catherine Sara.

Murray Putnam

Iolene Lazelle (Lund) Putnam

Robert Lorenz Christiansen

John Robert Christiansen (twins)

Peter Putnam Christiansen

Catherine Sara Christiansen