Bonnie Dewitt

Obituary
  • "Just found a card you made us. You painted a red stripe bow..."
    - Meg Siegel
  • "Sending you so much love and light, dearest Bonnie. You are..."
    - Mary Linda DeWitt
  • "I missed you in the very instant I knew you were gone. And..."
    - Mary Linda DeWitt
  • "So saddened..Bonnie was a memorable student in my classes..."
    - rae raff
  • "Love you and deeply miss you so much, Bonnie."
    - David Lipsky

1983 - 2017
Bonnie DeWitt, age 34 of New York, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Born on August 11, 1983 in Plainview, NY, she was a daughter of David and Sara Dewitt. After graduating Old Beth Page John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, she continued her education in Massachusetts at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, graduating in 2005. In 2007 she earned a Masters in Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art.
Bonnie went on to pursue her passion for art in Manhattan, working as curator of the Kraine Gallery in the East Village. She then redirected her love of art towards teaching. She taught at the New York Academy of Art for nearly a decade, specializing in figure drawing. Her innate artistic abilities and dedication to her craft fueled her desire to share her talent and knowledge.
An accomplished artist in her own right, blogger David Maidman of the Huffington Post said of Bonnie, "As a painter, she has a cheerfully perverse sensibility, like an early Renaissance narrative painter, or a German fairy-tale writer." Bonnie considered Hieronymus Bosch, an early Dutch Renaissance painter, to be a strong influence on her artistry. She loved to explore New York's museums and would often take her art students on field trips to the Met. Outside of museums, she spent her free time in her beloved neighborhood, the East Village. She had a vibrant personality and a great sense of humor. Full of compassion, she loved animals, and was always a helping hand to others in a time of crisis. Bonnie had a radiant presence; anyone who had the opportunity to cross paths with Bonnie would agree that she was someone everyone wanted to know. She was a true rarity, someone who was and will always be unforgettable.
Bonnie is survived by her parents David and Sara, her three siblings, Kelly Sclafani, Victoria DeWitt, and John DeWitt, her cousin Peter Riley, her aunt Mary Linda Dewitt, and countless friends & colleagues in the art community.
Published on NYTimes.com from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2017