Suzanne Muchnic ’62

"It's impossible to imagine working as an art critic, reporter, and feature writer for a major urban newspaper without the kind of background Scripps provided. Just as no academic course stood alone in my Scripps years, no art world event can be isolated from the larger cultural sphere."

Art Writer, Los Angeles Times

Suzanne Muchnic ’62

“It’s impossible to imagine working as an art critic, reporter, and feature writer for a major urban newspaper without the kind of background Scripps provided. Just as no academic course stood alone in my Scripps years, no art world event can be isolated from the larger cultural sphere. My editors at the Los Angeles Times are under the delusion that I am a ‘special’ writer–one who concentrates on a specific subject and, presumably, has a narrow viewpoint. Thanks to Scripps, I know that I am a generalist. My endlessly intriguing challenge is to create a context and bring a broad perspective to the complex processes of creating, interpreting, exhibiting, conserving, collecting, and marketing art.”

Suzanne has been an art critic and art writer for the Los Angeles Times since 1978. Prior to that she was the Southern California editor of Artweek. Suzanne has lectured on Art History and Criticism at Los Angeles City College, the University of Southern California, and the Claremont Graduate School. Her articles have also been published in Art News, Harper’s Bazaar, Gannet Center Journal, Arts, Picture and Photoshow. In 1987 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Scripps. She is also the author of “Odd Man In: Norton Simon and the Pursuit of Culture,” a critically acclaimed biography of a major California industrialist and art collector, published by the University of California Press in 1998.