In 2021, Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg blanketed the National Mall for 17 days with 701,000 white flags, each marking a life lost to COVID-19. Twenty thousand visitors personally dedicated flags to their loved ones. Entitled In America: Remember, the art was judged by Artsy Magazine as one of Twelve Best Worldwide Public Art Exhibitions of 2021. Washingtonian Magazine named Firstenberg a “Washingtonian of the Year.”
She represented the United States at the 2016 Harbin (China) International Ice Sculpting Competition and won the Creativity Prize. She traveled to 24 states interviewing people suffering or recovering from drug addiction. Her resulting seven-installation art series, the Empty Fix, is launching nationwide to destigmatize addiction. Currently, she is speaking around the country about how political extremism, when understood as an addiction, can be cured.
As a social practice artist, Firstenberg ventures beyond traditional media to broaden minds and change attitudes. She deeply researches each topic, then creates art: from micro-script drawings to 20-acre public, participatory installations. Her art attracts viewers through beautiful aesthetics, then delivers its powerful messages.