"Creativity is contagious, pass it on."
- Albert Einstein.
In 1981, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from Ringling College of Art & Design. Ringling is one of the most recognized art and design colleges in the world. Ringling was my second home to the University of Georgia where I studied nutritional science and competed on the gymnastics team. My only injury in the sport turned out to be a “blessing in disguise” as it cut short my gymnastics competition and opened the door to pursue my creative interests and publishing at a professional design college. The "Ringling Effect" changed the course of my life. Professional relationships and friends from Ringling continue to inspire and provide international networking and creative partnerships to this day.
A Step into Publishing: The Robb Report Years
Talent and drive landed me an incredible position right out of college with The Robb Report, an international lifestyle magazine located in Atlanta, Georgia. As Managing Editor and Art Director for "The Robb", this position allowed me to expand and explore branding, publishing, marketing, editorial development, photography and art direction on a professional level opening many doors along the way. The Robb Report's unique lifestyle content provided the opportunity to work with some of the biggest influencers in the world engaging on a daily basis with the "who's who" in corporate America and beyond.
The Robb Report relocated to Boston in 1983 and I moved with it. While in New England, I launched two boutique firms; Suttles Design and Suttles & Resnick, both successful creative services, marketing, publishing and event production companies. Since then, I have worked with many other national publishing, advertising, marketing, and specialty design companies providing contract project and consulting work.
In 2010, I was was hired as a consultant to design and create Big Green Egg Lifestyle, an internationally distributed publication by Big Green Egg corporate. More than 7 million copies have been distributed into 20+ countries and it has become one of their most successful marketing tools.
During this same time, I was hired as the Cultural Arts Program Coordinator for the City of Alpharetta. I planned, organized and directed a diverse range of cultural arts programs, educational and enrichment classes, special events, exhibits and on-going outreach programs. It was an exciting and inspirational time. In 2013, my family moved out of the area and I pursued more independent work.
June 2015: created and released Southern Farm & Garden, a nationally distributed consumer title. (It was available in Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Barnes & Noble, grocery stores and many other independent retailers) The SF&G concept was focused on living a more regenerative, connected life, cooking, food origination, history and culture. Food Tank recognized Southern Farm & Garden in their top twenty magazines for "People who Love to Cook, Grow and Eat." The Summer 2018 of SF&G was the final edition published for this title.
June 2019: created and launched Nourish and Flourish, a nationally distributed special interest title and internationally distributed interactive digital title. This project is ongoing.
2021: Ongoing: special project work, an online art gallery, books, collectible prints, and other products related to food, wine, arts, culture, lifestyle and motorsports.
2022: Hired full-time as the Creative Director for the Big Green Egg headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Love of the Arts
An accomplished creative professional, I love the arts. I am always interested in being involved in shaping a new era for the cultural arts and expanding programs and partnerships (private and public) that generate interest and appeal to a broad base of supporters, participants and patrons - on a local, regional, national and international scale . . . especially during these challenging times! Art heals.
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About the photos on this website:
What you see on this website is only a sampling. All images have been cropped for presentation purposes. If you see something you like, please let us know as our library contains images that can be acquired for editorial purposes, marketing, public relations, advertising, or as a beautiful piece of art for your home or office. All images © Nancy Suttles. All rights reserved.
Earned editorial placement in regional and national publications include:
Southern Farm & Garden, Robb Report, Private Air, Wall Street Journal, Coastal Living, Bon Appétit, La Cucina Italiana, Napa Valley Life, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Citymag, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Sarasota Magazine, The New York Times, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Sarasota Herald Tribune, The Hub, Alpharetta Patch, Cobb Life, Neighborhood Newspapers, The Boston Herald, and Nations Restaurant News. Television coverage includes: Home & Garden Television, Good Morning America, Good Day Atlanta and The Today Show.
Sharing Creative Resources:
Sharing creative resources, talent and event planning experience has always been important to Suttles Design. Over the years, creative services for many charitable and non-profit organizations include:
The New York Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund - 9-11 fundraiser with Jay Maisel
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Napa Firefighters Association
The Oconee Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.
The Boston Special Olympics
Future Farmers of America
Make a Wish Foundation
Caring for Children Charities, The Florida Winefest
Habitat for Humanity
Egleston Children’s Hospital
Share Our Strength
The Paralympic Games
The Ringling Effect:
Founded in 1931 by noted art collector, real estate magnate, and circus impresario John Ringling, the private, not-for-profit fully accredited college offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees (BFA) in 10 majors. Ringling is one of the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the world and a leader in technology education in the arts. U.S. News and World Report lauded Ringling as "The Most Wired Campus in the U.S."
I graduated from Ringling in 1981, the 50th anniversary of the college. As the VP of Student Government, I was instrumental in working with the Board of Directors in advocating for the college to become accredited so that students would have the opportunity to graduate with recognized degrees. This goal was achieved and I was one of a handful of students to receive the first BFAs awarded by the college. I am proud to be a Ringling Alumni and was very involved in making a difference at Ringling.
I was also instrumental in creating and producing the "Creative Assemblage. " a week-long educational event featuring top talent in the industry including photographers Jay Maisel and Doug Kirkland, Art Paul, art director, Joe Sedelmeier, executive producer and many other notable creatives who came to the college to speak and review portfolios prior to graduation.