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Suzanne Deal Booth

Austin, TX


Suzanne Deal Booth is the Founder and Director of Friends of Heritage Preservation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and conservation of artistic and cultural heritage. With 43 preservation and conservation projects spanning four continents, the organization has helped restore works from an 18th century chapel in San Miguel, Mexico to individual important old master paintings and sculptures in Europe, as well as Buddhist temples in India and modern concrete sculptures by Donald Judd (www.fohpinfo.org).

Booth has served as a consultant to the Getty Art History Information Program and the Getty Conservation Institute. She currently serves on the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; and the American Academy in Rome. From 2004 to 2008 she served as a board member of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for the State of California, where she was jointly responsible for the allocation of $125 million. She also founded a publishing company, Orsini Press, and writes about arts issues for the Huffington Post and other publications.

Booth received a master's degree in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, NY in 1984, and a Certificate in Art Conservation from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, NY. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Rice University, Houston, TX. Suzanne Deal Booth and her family moved to Austin, Texas in 2008.

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