SUSAN SOLLINS
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SOLLINS--Susan. The family of Susan Sollins mourns the sudden death on October 13, 2014, of our beloved sister, aunt, and sister-in-law. She has left us with countless memories of a life well lived, filled with laughter and love. Susan conveyed her lifelong passion for the visual arts to all those who knew her, so that all of us from closest family to dearest friends and a constantly growing circle of colleagues and collaborators shared in the joys and discoveries of her ever-curious and inquiring eye for beauty, brilliance, and meaning in art. Above all, Susan cherished her family her mother and father, the late Sonya and Irving Sollins; her husband, the late Earle Brown; her brother and sister-in-law, James Sollins and Louise Eliasof; her sister, Marybeth Sollins; and her nephews and nieces-in-law and their children Andrew Farnsworth and Patricia Ryan, and Aja; Stephen Sollins and Rachel Devlin, and Jonah and Cady. At the time of her death, Susan was the Executive Director of ART21, Inc., and Producer, Director, and Curator of the groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning documentary television series, Art in the Twenty-First Century, broadcast nationwide on PBS and now in its seventh season. Her feature-length film, William Kentridge: Anything is Possible, also received a Peabody Award. Susan was the co-founder, with the late Nina Sundell, of Independent Curators Incorporated (ICI), now Independent Curators International, and was its Executive Director Emerita. She also served on the boards of the MacDowell Colony, the CBG Foundation, and at the time of her death was President of the Earle Brown Music Foundation. We will honor and celebrate Susan at a memorial gathering, which has not yet been scheduled. Contributions to ART21, 133 W. 25th St. #3E, NY, NY 10001, are welcomed.



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Published in New York Times on Oct. 19, 2014.
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October 13, 2019
You are missed by many, Susan. Sometimes I can still hear your gentle, wise, bemused voice.
Tricia Collins
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November 3, 2014
thank you, Susan,
Dorothee
October 28, 2014
Very sad and shocked to hear of Susan's passing. Since Washington,D.C. I knew both Susan and Nina as they formed ICI, and I admired their great achievements on the private side (as I managed the Department of State's international art program). Her wonderful Art21 films took us eloquently and sensitively into the world of each artist and made a lasting contribution to the arts. She shared her vision and insight in an engaging way that made art accessible to all. She will be sadly missed. My heartfelt condolences to her family and Art21 colleagues, Meredith Palmer, NY
Meredith Palmer
October 23, 2014
What a great loss for her family and the artistic community. I valued her work in Art 21 greatly and looked forward to every new season.
Susana Almuina
October 23, 2014
I was so very sorry to hear of Susan's passing. While I didn't know her well, I was intimately familiar with Art21 since its inception. I still recount the stories of the NEA panelists who were unfamiliar with the series but so taken with her work samples that they became avid viewers of the online content. Her vision and commitment to the arts was unique and will be missed.
Alyce Myatt
October 22, 2014
It was an honor to know Susan. I loved bumping into her on the street when Art21 moved right around the corner from FIT. Her work will live on enriching the lives of many - in my own life as an arts educator, my colleagues and I use the documentation of artists she created constantly in our teaching. Miss you much already, Susan.
October 22, 2014
My deepest condolences will go to her family and colleagues.
The sudden loss of my dear friend Sue was a great shock, she was indeed a great woman. I will be missing her greatly.
Luis Corral Lacy
Oslo, Norway
October 21, 2014
Susan sollins was the consumate professional woman. Her excellence and passion about the arts and artists will be missed. We are all sad and shocked at her untimely death.
joyce pomeroy Schwartz
October 21, 2014
I just saw Susan walking on 18th Street a few weeks ago and thought we'll speak next time. She was always generous, engaged with the world and curious. A very big loss. My thoughts are with her family. Best, Cheryl Kaplan
October 21, 2014
I am so sad to hear this news. Susan Sollins was my room mate at Vassar College for two years 1956-1958. She was
a vastly intelligent and kind and funny
and wise young one. I was lucky to know her and be with her during that period, she working at the studio, and I beginning my journey with poetry.
My condolences and affection and good
thoughts go out to her family at this sad time. She was a force for art and
a compassionate presence in this troubled world. VIVA Sue Sollins.
--Elizabeth Gordon McKim
October 21, 2014
Please accept my condolences, Susan's contributions will be long remembered and will continue their strong and positive impact.
Lisa Robb
October 21, 2014
When she was in Dallas we spoke with her briefly. What a gift to the art world she is. Sad to hear of her passing.
Alison Starr
October 21, 2014
A terrible, terrible loss. Susan was patient and persistent, diplomatic and determined. She was charming, smart, and irreplaceable . I loved her.
Tricia Collins
October 21, 2014
Such a great loss. Susan was a wonderful person and a great leader in the art world. Her enthusiasm and marvelous spirit will be missed.
Frederieke Taylor
October 20, 2014
My fond memories of hours talking with Susan and Earle in Rome at the American Academy about art, music, life........miss them both
Jack Sal
October 20, 2014
Please accept my condolences. I had the honor to meet Susan first in her capacity as the diligent and generous guardian of Earle Browne's legacy and then socially and in connection of course with her work for the arts and broadcasting. She was a fabulous person who leaves behind much that is positive and enduring in the cultural world.
David Cohen
October 20, 2014
Susan sollins was a major person and womanleader in the artworld. She was innovative, positive and contributed more than most for so many years. Susan, also a wonderful, lovely person will be missed.
joyce Pomeroy schwartz
October 20, 2014
Our deep felt sympathy to the family, especially to our friends James & Louise.

Best, Judd & Rea
Judd & Rea Tully
October 20, 2014
I knew her personally and she was a wonderful woman. I admired her.
Ash
October 20, 2014
Susan leaves us with so much creativity to follow.
we will all miss her but her contributions will be with us for years.
Anita Contini
October 20, 2014
Condolences for her family. May she rest in peace.
October 20, 2014
What a loss. How very sad. Her passion for art and making artists' work more accessible was remarkable.
Joanne Cohen
October 20, 2014
Susan paved the way for women arts administrators. As an ART21 intern, I felt she was an incredibly kind leader who took time to get to know me.
Meghana Karnik
October 20, 2014
Nuestras más sentidas condolencias por la muerte de esta gran mujer y amiga. Un fuerte abrazo cariñoso a su familia. La vamos a extrañar sus amigos mexicanos.
Mario de la Garza
October 20, 2014
Even though we have never met this is a sad day. God's blessings to all her family and friends .
Margeret Nash
October 19, 2014
Susan was a major force in the art world. Her energy and ideas will be missed but she leaves us all with a great legacy of work to inspire us. When Susan smiled at you her eyes sparkled and you felt all the goodwill in the world was being heaped upon you. The MacDowell Colony benefited from her intelligence, quest for excellence, and generous impulses. She will be missed.
Cheryl Young
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