Susan M. Taylor has served as the Montine McDaniel Freeman Director at the New Orleans Museum of Art since 2010. During her tenure, she has focused on strategic planning in a post-Katrina environment, and has increased audience engagement, developed innovative educational initiatives, and has initiated a curatorial reexamination of the museumís permanent collection.
Prior to her arrival in New Orleans, Taylor led the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College for twelve years, where she oversaw the design and development of an award-winning facility designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. At the Princeton University Art Museum, where she was director for eight years, Taylor instituted wide-ranging advances in collections development, development and strategic planning, programming, and outreach. An art historian with a focus on Italian Renaissance art, she has also developed strong programmatic initiatives in contemporary art at each institution she has led. Taylor is also a leading voice on cultural property, antiquity and repatriation issues having participated in all related AAMD task forces since 2002.
In addition to her museum work, Taylor also sits on the boards and committees of many professional organizations. She is the current Vice-President for the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and serves also on the current AAMD task force for cultural property, antiquities and archaeological material. Taylor also chairs the Museum Advisory Board for the Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center at Vassar College and serves on the boards of the Corning Museum of Glass and the International Journal of Cultural Property. Locally, Taylor serves on the board of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Community Advisory Board of The Times-Picayune.