T.V. VIDEO INTERVIEWS
With Denise Jillson Director, The Harvard Square Business Association
Filming credit William Manley HSBA
SPORTS AS A METAPHOR LIFE INTERVIEW
"If you like art and sports, check the web site for Susan Miller-Havens (millerhavens.com).
The Boston-based artist has done a number of brilliant commissioned portraits, including one
that the Smithsonian Institute is trying to purchase."
September 2000 Co-Donor (with Gloria Gammons) of Martinez Portrait to The National Portrait Gallery 2011
"The artist paints most of these portraits from the "Miller-Havens work allows the viewer to participate directly in the action portrayed by visually isolating that action and in the richness of the gestural painted mark."
Professor of Art
Hofstra Museum Hofstra University
"Susan Miller-Havens addresses in her oil paintings several important themes, most especially the depiction of the usually isolated figure as male athlete in a context that transcends the specifics of time, place and commercial trivialization. The depiction of the male athlete in terms of aesthetic beauty achieved the sublime in the sculpture of ancient Greece as created by male artists. Miller-Havens seeks to add a new voice to this subject-matter, looking at the contemporary male athlete on a two dimensional plane, with a 20th century perspective, while exploring representational and abstract artistic concerns. She works toward stirring in the viewer a sense of ambiguity, timelessness and a feeling of human connection with the painting. This results in transcending specifics suggested by the individual ball player."
Sydney L. Waller
Co-curator "Diamonds Are Forever" an internationally-touring exhibition
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Program
Arts Administrator, The New York State Historical Association
"I cannot believe how wonderfully you captured the "poodle himself" as well as our close relationship.
The Series as a whole is incredibly touching and speaks loudly about a kind of friendship that
is nearly impossible to describe."
Author and Model For This Series
"Susan Miller-Havens captures the heroic qualities in all her portraits and figure studies with a palette that includes the most subtle of color combinations. Her paintings are as much about the magic of color as
the essence of heroism in her subjects."
Richard A. Johnson
The Sports Museum of New England
"I found one painting, # 6 [of the Women's Best Friend Series], in particular that I consider to be absolutely stunning. Even when I analyze it in the broadest and most formal "art terms" that I know, it holds up beautifully. I've become quite prejudiced. I think it's more enchanting than most contemporary work that I've looked at recently. I see it as a figurative painting with different psychological interpretations while, at the same time, I can read it as an interesting abstract piece."
Fay Chandler Artist
Founder The Art Connection, Boston
"There is such life in your paintings: motion, emotion,the sadness of lost youth and the joy of recognition. I cannot tell you how much I see in them or am amazed by your picking subjects which women are not supposed to understand and making us all understand them better. Truly amazing work. The only other time I saw a painting and had tears in my eyes was when I saw Guernica in Madrid"
Alan R. Spievack, M.D. Patron
Founder,Vice President and Director of Technology ACELL, INC.
Researchers in regenerative medicine technology