Wadsworth Atheneum Director to Retire

Susan Dunne at the Hartford Courant reports that Susan Lubowsky Talbott, the director and chief executive officer of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art since 2008, announced her retirement last Friday. Talbott will remain in her position until the fall, when the last stage of the Hartford museum's thirty-three-million-dollar renovation and reinstallation will be revealed. Prior to her time at the Atheneum, Talbott was the director of Smithsonian Arts at the Smithsonian Institution, which included planning for all nine Smithsonian museums. She was also the director and CEO of the Des Moines Art Center from 1998 to 2005, served as executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, from 1992 to 1998, and was director of the Visual Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1989 to 1992.