ArtsATL has learned that Susan Mitchell Crawley, curator of folk art at the High Museum of Art since 2004, has resigned in order to pursue other interests. Her last day at the museum will be March 3.
David Brenneman, the High’s director of collections and exhibitions, said in an email that “Susan is leaving on the best of terms” and that it could take six months to a year to find her replacement.
Among the shows Crawley has curated for the museum are “The Treasure of Ulysses Davis,” which traveled to the American Folk Art Museum in New York in 2009, and “Louis Monza: From Politics to Paradise” in 2007, which was drawn from a gift of 80 works acquired during Crawley’s tenure, making the High the largest repository of Monza’s work in the country.
While completing her M.A. at Georgia State University, Crawley also organized the 2005 retrospective of Jimmy Lee Sudduth for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Other important acquisitions she was involved in were two assemblages by Thornton Dial, now on view in “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial,” a traveling survey organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (through March 3), and drawings by Minnie Evans, a carved wooden tableau by Edgar Tolson and a sculpture by Bessie Harvey.
Crawley told ArtsATL that she plans to do more writing and teaching, as well as curatorial projects for other institutions, including a show for the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center next winter.