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Deborah Sussman Collection

About the Collection

Deborah Sussman (1931-2014) was a pioneer in the area environmental design. She began her career in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, and ultimately became art director for the Eames office. She established her own practice in 1968 and later teamed with her husband, Paul Prejza, to form Sussman/Prejza & Co. in 1980. One of their best known projects was the architectural landscape and graphics for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Sussman was the recipient SVA's Masters Series Award/Exhibition in 1995 and the AIGA Medal in 2004; she was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2012. The Deborah Sussman Collection consists of posters, bags, print items, and pins.


Collage of varied Christmas postcards. "Season's Greetings" poster. 23 x 35. 1970.
Circular collection of geometric shapes in purple, orange, green and yellow. Text appears in white. Hollywood Bowl poster. 14 x 22. 1987.
Collage of varied orange-themed postcards with diagonal text. "Whenever I Smell Oranges I Think of Christmas" poster. 21.5 x 23.25.
Bright collection of geometric shapes with text. Navy, yellow and pink. S.C. Johnson, Inc. Johnson's Wax tote bag. 2009.
Translucent green foliage appears in the background of the text. UCLA Extension Spring 2010 catalog.
The characters LA 84 appear in bright colors in block text; a black and white photograph of an olympian leaps into frame. DQ. Special issue on XXIII Olympics, Los Angeles. 1984.