The Yellowstone Art Museum has announced that Susan Barnett of Erie, Pennsylvania, has accepted the position of Curator.
Bryan W. Knicely, Executive Director stated, “We are pleased to hire Susan after a lengthy national search, and we are happy to announce that this is a homecoming for her.”
Although she spent the past 16 years in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Montana is still the place she calls home. Barnett discovered her passion for curatorial work as a student at Montana State University in Bozeman. After earning her BA in Fine Art–Printmaking, she was hired as Director and Curator of Anaconda’s Copper Village Museum and Art Center. She founded and managed a gallery in Butte for 14 years and then moved to Wisconsin. There, she served as Executive Director and Curator for the Cedarburg Cultural Center, managed a private art collection, and worked on an exhibition and publication commemorating 40 years of the Kohler Arts/Industry program. Since 2017, as Curator of the Erie Art Museum in Erie, Pennsylvania, she has organized more than 20 exhibitions and cared for a collection of 8,000 objects.
Barnett earned an MA in Art History and a Certificate in Museum Studies from UW-Milwaukee. Her research areas include contemporary art, studio craft, American art and history, and non-Western art.