Susan L. Talbott receives award

The French Ministry of Culture awarded Susan L. Talbott, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, the Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres), for her contributions in promoting cultural cooperation with France.

The French Ministerial Order of Arts and Letters was established on May 2, 1957. It comes under the responsibility of the Minister of Culture. The Order recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their creations in the artistic or literary field or through the contribution they have made to the advancement of Arts and Letters in France and around the world.

Talbott was awarded the insignia of Knight in the Order of the Arts and Letters by Pierre Provoyeur, French Director of FRAME and Conservateur général honoraire du Patrimoine, on behalf of Marie-Christine Labourdette, Director of the Musées de France and Co-President of FRAME, on November 15, 2015 during the annual meeting of FRAME at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Susan has been involved with FRAME for eight years.  Her enthusiastic support for FRAME included serving for three years on the Executive Committee from 2012-2015.  The Wadsworth Atheneum reunited Hendrik Goltzius’s paintings Adam and Eve with the help of Musée des Beaux-Arts / Palais Rohan, Strasbourg during 2010/2011.

Her last accomplishment at the Wadsworth Atheneum was to renovate the entire museum.  For the first time in 50 years all galleries are now open.  The renovation added 17 new galleries for the public to enjoy more of museum’s collection.