Susan Talbott is Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Americas first public art museum. Before coming to the Wadsworth, she was Director of Smithsonian Arts at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (2005 to 2008), and the Des Moines Art Center (1998-2005.) She also served as the director of the Visual Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts (1989-1992) and began her museum career in New York as Assistant Director at the Queens Museum and then as Branch Director at the Whitney Museum of American Art during the 1980s and 1990s. Susan Talbott has achieved national recognition as a director, curator and through her implementation of community engagement programs. She is a Harvard University Fellow and an alumna of the Art Museum Directors Program. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alumna Achievement Award from her alma mater, Pratt Institute.