Susan Floyd Barnett

Portfolio: Exhibitions, Publications, Photography

Copyright 2018. Susan Floyd Barnett. All rights reserved.

​Professional Summary


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Curator, Erie Art Museum, May 2017 – Present

The Erie Art Museum's 80,000 square foot space includes four historic buildings connected by a contemporary addition. Exhibitions in the 11 galleries include art and historical exhibitions from the Museum's collections and loans from local, regional, and national institutions, artists, and collectors. The spaces range from a stone and brick barrel vault to a contemporary space with pivoting walls and state-of-the-art lighting.

  • Programming more than 10 annual exhibitions;
  • Managing collections;
  • Overseeing staff for exhibitions, collections, frame shop, archives, library, and marketing.


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; selected and mentored interns for registrarial and curatorial roles, planned events and exhibitions. Wrote  exhibition catalogues and co-curated exhibition at Villa Terrace Museum.
  • 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  
JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER 
This temporary position supported a 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.
  • Worked with curatorial department to plan 2014 museum-wide retrospective exhibition. Co-authored and edited Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, a 320-page exhibition catalogue.
  • Collaborated with marketing, events, education, and development departments. Presented lectures, gallery tours, and docent training; represented JMKAC with regional media and at national conferences.
  • Wrote gallery didactics, marketing copy, and newsletter articles; oversaw production of gallery and marketing videos; secured Windgate Foundation grant for intern support. 

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Curatorial Intern, 2010
​MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM   
   
Marketing and Membership Coordinator, 2007–2009
​BOARDSTAR 


2004–2006 Executive Director
CEDARBURG CULTURAL CENTER


Owner / Manager, 1989–2003
FRAME GALERIE


Executive Director, 1985–1987

COPPER VILLAGE MUSEUM AND ARTS CENTER


Education

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

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