SUNNY NORMAN 2018-10-30T09:59:36-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Sunny Norman

THE LEGACY: Her real name was Mildred Gould Norman, but nobody ever called her that. To everyone in the vast network among which she circulated — made up of artists, public officials, gallery owners and museum operators — she was just Sunny. A diminutive dynamo, she was not only a big-league, big-hearted philanthropist but she also knew how to make things happen, whether it was organizing a WYES-TV auction or securing the loan of a Degas painting from Harvard’s Fogg Museum for a New Orleans Museum of Art exhibit. “I make connections,” she said in an interview. “I just like to see things happen.” For her ability to make things happen, Norman received The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 1998, which she described as “a wonderful and unexpected reward for doing what I enjoy.”

THE ARTIST: D. Lammie-Hanson

THE INSPIRATION: “She leads. She puts people together. She has a vision, and she’ll lead you there. She’ll listen and then subtly give you the idea and — bingo!” — Dot Shushan, an arts leader and longtime friend, describing Sunny Norman’s style in a 1999 Times-Picayune interview