If you’ve seen James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace (2012) at Rice University in Houston, you have Suzanne Deal Booth to thank. The philanthropist, arts adviser, and collector funded the permanent installation of Skyspace at the university; she has also worked with the artist to stage other pieces at the Whitney Museum and MoMA PS1. During her time as a student at Rice and NYU, she learned the ropes of collecting from the famed collector Dominique de Menil. She originally hails from Texas, and has returned to her home state many times to work with institutions such as Ballroom Marfa and the Contemporary in Austin, Texas. In 2016, Deal Booth established a $100,000 biennial artist prize that came with an exhibition at the Contemporary, with the first award going to Rodney McMillian in 2018. Later that same year, fellow “Top 200” collectors Amanda and Glenn R. Fuhrman joined forces with Deal Booth to make Suzanne Deal Booth/FLAG Art Foundation prize, the total value of which is $800,000.

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Suzanne Deal Booth

Austin, Texas; Los Angeles and Rutherford, California

Source of wealth:
Investments; philanthropy

Collecting area:
Contemporary art; Renaissance art; Old Master drawings

Top 200 appearance:

Fun fact:

Deal Booth founded the Friends of the Heritage Preservation, which contributes to conservation and preservation projects worldwide.