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.