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Susan Floyd Barnett

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Curator, entrepreneur, and writer with experience curating exhibitions,
managing projects, presenting performances and events,
​and connecting artists with audiences

Curator, Erie Art Museum, May 2017 – January 2019

Founded in 1964, the Yellowstone Art Museum is Montana's largest contemporary art institution. "An extraordinary cultural destination for creative exchange," the Museum serves a geographical area larger than many states. 

• Curate permanent and temporary exhibitions; develop related programming. 
• Manage permanent collection of historic and contemporary art. 
• Oversee staff for exhibitions, collections, archives, and library. 

Curator, Erie Art Museum, May 2017 – January 2019

The Erie Art Museum's 80,000 square foot space comprises four historic buildings and a contemporary addition. Exhibitions in the eleven galleries include art and historical exhibitions from the Museum's collections and loans from institutions, artists, and collectors. 

  • Curating more than 20 exhibitions;
  • Managing collections;
  • Overseeing curatorial and collections staff.

Independent Curator and Consultant, 2009–2012, 2014–2017 

  • Managed private art collection of 5,000+ objects: set up database and procedures for registration and storage, oversaw complete inventory and rehousing project. 
  • Mayes | Wilson & Associates: developed board development curriculum, prepare surveys and analyzed data for strategic planning processes, wrote and edited client reports and proposals, articles for publication. 
  • ​Roy Staab: Suspended in Time, Villa Terrace Museum, 2016
  • Co-curated Wis-Con-Sin at Portrait Society Gallery, 2015

Arts/Industry Project Specialist, 2012–2014  
Museum-wide retrospective exhibition, publication, and programming related to the forty-year anniversary of the Arts/Industry residency program.

  • Curated 2012 exhibition, Arts/Industry: Materials, Molds, and Multiples.
  • Co-authored and edited Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, a 320-page exhibition catalogue.
  • Wrote gallery didactics, oversaw production of gallery and marketing videos; secured Windgate Foundation grant for intern support. 


Curatorial Intern, 2010
2004–2006 Executive Director

Owner / Manager, 1989–2003


2011 M.A. Art History and Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

1985 B.A Fine Arts–Printmaking, Montana State University, Bozeman