Jim also led the establishment of the Deer Valley Music Festival as a Founder and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard as Co-Chairman of the Major Gifts Committee.From 1999 to 2002, he served on the Management Committee of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympics of 2002 (SLOC).At the invitation of Alfred Taubman, philanthropist and real estate entrepreneur and Frank Stanton, founder of CBS, Geralyn began consulting privately on special philanthropic project initiatives in New York City in 1988.
This work was the precursor to what is now the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, which birthed Double Take Magazine and the Double Take Film Festival.
In 1995 Geralyn was married and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.
The prize, modeled after the Mac Arthur award, was a three-year “no strings attached” grant of $40,000.
Geralyn used that grant to be trained as an Outward Bound instructor, and teach with Robert Coles at Harvard University.
In 2008, she was honored with the Independent Publisher Book Award for her hardcover book Natural Revelations.
The underlying energy and tension to Swartz’s work hints of her complex relationship with the natural world.
The same year she was honored by the Harvard Divinity School for a career that continues to blend artistry and faith.
Swartz was the Official Olympic Environmental Artist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Her decade long struggle with mercury poisoning and Lyme disease transformed her as an artist and as a citizen. Jane Goodall on a number of their environmental campaigns, Swartz also supports the vision and production of documentary films that seek to shed light on social and environmental injustice.
She now works from a place of impassioned reverence for the earth, and of fierce determination to inform and educate. Films touched by her include Academy Award-winners and nominees, as well as Sundance Film Festival award winners.
Susan Swartz, Co-Chair Susan Swartz explores the landscape through potent color and richly layered abstract paintings.