Suzanne Deal Booth '77

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Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 – Benefactor of the James Turrell Skyspace

A graduate of Rice cum laude, Suzanne Deal Booth has been immersed in the art world since her first days at Rice when she worked as a work study student with DSuzanne Deal Booth '77ominique de Menil cataloging information for the de Menils’ art collection.  Following graduate study at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, she worked for a number of art institutions including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, and the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.  For the past ten years, Suzanne has served as Director of Friends of Heritage Preservation (FOHP), a non-profit organization that responds to critical preservation needs in the United States and abroad.  She currently serves as a Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, Rice University, the Centre Pompidou Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome.  She also serves on the Art Committee of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and she is an Advisory Council Member at the Harry Ransom Center of UT Austin.


Suzanne’s generosity has made possible the creation of a James Turrell Skyspace on the Rice campus.  In speaking about her support of Rice’s Public Art Program and the Skyspace, Suzanne said “I've made a big attempt to bring access to art.  Let's not even call it 'art.'  Let's call it 'interesting spaces.'  My theory is to build it up and make art more about, 'This is an incredible experience that's part of everyday life' instead of something you have to go out of your way to do."  She added, “I connect with other people through art. This gift is a culmination of many of my interests, and I hope it will inspire others as my time at Rice inspired me.”