Susan L. Talbott, who has been the director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, Connecticut, since 2008, said today that she will retire next fall, after the completion of a $33 million renovation that she has overseen. That renovation will increase gallery space at the museum by 25 percent.
Before joining the Wadsworth, which is the oldest art museum in the United States, Talbott served as director of Smithsonian Arts at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., from 2005 to 2008, and director of the Des Moines Art Center, from 1998 to 2005.
Announcing her planned retirement, the museum touted her management of its finances as “perhaps Talbott’s most lasting legacy.” During her tenure, the endowment increased from $84 million to $101 million.
“Looking ahead, I am eager to explore a different chapter in my life and career, and can do so assuredly, knowing the museum is stronger and poised for continued success in the future,” Talbot said in a statement. “I am proud of all we have accomplished.”