Category Archives: Philanthropist

Linda Earle

LInda picLinda Earle is an arts administrator educator, writer, grant-maker, and advocate of arts and social justice.    She is currently the Executive Director of the New York Arts Program an off campus study program serving undergraduates nationally in the visual, performing and media arts, writing and journalism. Before joining NYAP she served as the Executive Director of Program at the Skowhegan  residency one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists.  Earle was a Senior Program Director for the NY State Council on the Arts(NYSCA) where the multi-disciplinary Individual Artists Program was established under her direction.

She has taught Film and Cultural Theory at Barnard and Hunter Colleges and at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. and has curated visual arts and film exhibitions.    She  has a long-standing interest in the intersection of art and social justice serves on the Boards of Art Matters a foundation that supports artists who break new ground aesthetically and engage social issues,  and Inclusion in the Arts which  advocates and promotes authentic dialogue about race, culture, and disability in theatre, film and media.  She also serves on the Board of the Jerome Foundation which supports emerging artists.   As a writer she has participated in residency programs at Hedgebrook and the Writers’ Room.

Earle received her BA in Film Studies from Hampshire College; and an MFA in Film from Columbia University where she also studied painting, art history, and architectural history.

Currently Reading: Robin Coste Lewis’ Voyage of the Sable Venus

Suzanne Deal Booth

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Suzanne Deal Booth

Suzanne Deal Booth, a philanthropist, arts advisor and collector, has long been committed to the recognition, preservation and conservation of visual arts and cultural heritage.

A native of Texas, Deal Booth graduated cum laude with a degree in art history from Rice University followed by a Master of Arts in art history and conservation from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and Conservation Center.  As a work/study student at Rice and NYU, she had the opportunity to work directly under the tutelage of art collector and philanthropist Dominique de Menil. This marked the beginning of a meaningful exposure to sophisticated cultural patronage, and has served as an ongoing inspiration throughout Deal Booth’s career and life. While in NYC, she worked with the artist James Turrell on his Skyspace at MoMA’s PS1, and later assisted on his installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Deal Booth has worked at several notable institutions including les Monuments Historiques, France, The Kimbell Art Museum, The Menil Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museums of New Mexico.  Her post-graduate fellowship, funded by the Kress Foundation, took place at Centre Pompidou, Paris, where she restored important 20th century paintings for the museum’s permanent collection.

Suzanne Deal Booth is the Founder of The Friends of Heritage Preservation (FOHP) and has served as Director since 1998. The charitable organization has successfully participated and contributed to 60 preservation and conservation projects around the world.

Deal Booth currently serves on boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Menil Collection, Centre Pompidou Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and The Contemporary in Austin, TX. She is also a member on the Museum Council at The Blanton Museum of Art Museum and the Art Committee of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Deal Booth also served as a gubernatorial appointee on the board of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for the State of California. In 2001, she and her family established the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellowship for Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome.

Through Suzanne Deal Booth’s patronage, a Skyspace by James Turrell, Twilight Epiphany, was realized in 2012 on Rice University’s campus in Houston, Texas.

Deal Booth runs the family vineyard, Booth Bella Oaks, in Rutherford CA.

FOHP project Abbey di Cerratte 2014

Friends of Heritage Preservation project: Frescoes of Abbazia di Cerrate, Lecce, Italy 2014

Bella Oaks Bob Irwin 2015

Site Specific installation by Robert Irwin 2015, Booth Bella Oaks , Rutherford, CA.