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 about suzanne sunshine 

Suzanne is an artist creating and exhibiting new work year-round at Piermont Flywheel Gallery.  Suzanne is her passion for the natural and urban environments of Piermont and NYC where she resides as well as her philanthropy and social activism. Suzanne's life has had three major focuses:

 

Art, as a painter, an art historian, and an assistant art curator for a major corporation.

 

Nonprofits, by community organizing public-private partnerships to build retail in inner cities, and funding/promoting brain science collaboration and research.

 

Real Estate, as founder of the social impact commercial real estate firm, S. Sunshine & Associates LLC, advising nonprofits in their real estate and giving back philanthropically, and as a residential realtor at Brown Harris Stevens.

Art has formed the backdrop of Suzanne's entire life.  While pursuing an undergraduate degree in International Relations at Brown University, Suzanne researched and wrote catalogue entries for the art exhibition at the Bell Gallery at Brown and The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Long Island called “Flying Tigers: Abstract Expressionist Painting and Sculpture in New York 1939-1946.” 

 

Suzanne was the recipient of a Rhode Island Committee of the Humanities grant in 1985 that was utilized to produce a short documentary film about the Abstract Expressionists and the origins of their painting and sculpture in New York City during WWII.

 

After graduation, Suzanne became Assistant Art Curator of Equitable Life to develop the art program at the mixed-use skyscraper Equitable Center at 787 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. The curators commissioned artwork and coordinated the collaboration between architects, designers, and the artists Roy Lichtenstein, Sandro Chia, Sol Lewitt, Barry Flanagan, and Scott Burton. They also opened the Whitney Museum branch there, restored and hung the Thomas Hart Benton mural "American Today" in the new lobby and curated the corporate art collection for Equitable's offices and the restaurant collections of Le Bernadin and Palio at Equitable Center.

 

Suzanne has a 38-year career in business, real estate and nonprofit leadership and earned an MBA in Real Estate Finance from Columbia Business School. Early on, Suzanne was a a Vice President of The Dana Foundation, leading the marketing and communications efforts to the lay public about advances in brain science, and a program officer at LISC founding The Retail Initiative to develop supermarket-anchored retail in underserved communities.   After working for two Fortune 500 companies< Suzanne ran her own commercial real estate advisory to over 150 NYC nonprofit organizations   

 

Suzanne joined the Piermont Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, NY in 2022 and has been a member of the Art Students League of New York where she has been studying since 1994. Suzanne began her professional career as a painter in 2014 and has had four exhibitions bringing together commerce, philanthropy and art.  Suzanne's paintings are in over 100 public and private collections, include a permanent installation of three large paintings at The Actors Fund Building in Times Square, Manhattan.

Suzanne lives and works in NYC and Piermont, NY with her husband, Bill and they have two adult children who live close by.  

 

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Contact: Suzanne Sunshine

"My paintings utilize an edge as a starting point - of light, of sound, and of touch - in our daily lives. Moving within and around the edge, my brushstrokes explore the delicate relationship of color and line within the confines of the canvas. Informed by a passion for intelligent risk-taking in both my painting process and daily life, my work conveys deep emotion bounded by awareness."

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