Summer Arts Society

Susan Rosoff

Select Tuesdays / 11am - 12pm

Join us for a thought-provoking and lively lecture series: Magnificent Obsessions: Celebrities as Collectors, presented by art educator Susan Rosoff.


Seeing private art collections provides a rare glimpse into the lives of famous actors and musicians. In this lecture series presented by Susan Rosoff, you’ll enjoy anecdotes of how, why, and where works were acquired. To a degree, each celebrity was obsessive about collecting, though each collection is unique. A few have eclectic taste—Steve Martin collects everything from Edward Hopper to Eric Fischl and Barbara Streisand’s homes include an array of decorative arts treasures. Others are a bit more concentrated—Edward G. Robinson preferred French Impressionism and Dennis Hopper focused on 20th century American art. Some collections reflect their owner’s cultural identity—David Bowie acquired important British artworks while Cheech Marin collects contemporary Latino art. From Greta Garbo’s pink apartment installed with Impressionist and Expressionist paintings to Elton John’s internationally significant collection of modernist photography, we’ll spend the summer embarking on a different kind of tour of the stars!


Member $60

Non-Member $75


May 7:

Greta Garbo, Charlton Heston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Martin

June 4:

Vincent Price, Cheech Marin, Edward G. Robinson, and Dennis Hopper

June 25:

Barbra Streisand, David Bowie and Elton John


Please call 407.896.4231 ext. 262 or email to register or use the link below.

Dates &: Times:

Location: Council of 101 Meeting Rooms A, B & C

About Susan Rosoff

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC and co-author of Teaching Through the Arts, Writing, Volume 1. Previously she served as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults, including outreach programs for seniors in assisted living facilities and adults suffering from memory loss, as well as lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes.

In partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF) she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes based on the Orlando Museum of Art’s contemporary art exhibitions. As an adjunct instructor at UCF she also taught Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years and Non-Western Art. She continues to develop educational material for museums, while directing and coordinating projects through the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), and working with teachers on arts integration. Rosoff holds a B.A. in English from Briarcliff College, and an M.A. in art museum studies from Norwich University.