Susan L. Talbott
Executive Director | Fabric Workshop and Museum | Philadelphia

Susan Lubowsky Talbott became The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s second ever executive director in 2016 following her retirement as director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (2008-2016). Talbott was the director of Smithsonian Arts, Washington, DC (2005–2008), and in that capacity also was acting director of the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC (2006). Previously, she served as director and CEO of the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC; director of the Visual Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC; and director of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s branch museums at Equitable Center and Philip Morris in New York, NY. Talbott has organized or co-organized many memorable exhibitions, including Patti Smith: Camera Solo; My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation and Fred Wilson: Memory. Talbott serves on the boards of ArtTable and the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), and is a Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

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