Museum of Glass names Warner Executive Director/Curator

The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Glass has announced the appointment of Susan Warner as Executive Director/Curator effective today. Warner has served as interim director since January 3 when former director Timothy Close resigned. Her role as the Museum’s curator remains unchanged.

As director, Warner will oversee the continuing development of the Museum of Glass as it begins its tenth year of operation. Opened in 2002, the Museum has attracted 1.8 million visitors from all 50 states and 75 countries. In July, the Museum will celebrate its 10 year anniversary.

Warner joined Museum of Glass as the Director of Education in February 2001. In 2006, she was appointed Director of Public Programs, overseeing the curatorial, education and Hot Shop departments, and in 2009 appointed Deputy Director. In October 2011, Warner also assumed the role of curator.

Warner’s education work has been honored by the City of Tacoma, with an Art at Work award (2003), and Antioch University’s Horace Mann Award (2007, alumni category). Prior to joining Museum of Glass, Warner was Director of Education at the Seattle Children’s Museum. She also served as Curator of Education at the State Capital Museum in Olympia and as Assistant Curator, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Dayton Art Institute. Her early career included extensive curatorial work in collection management and exhibition development. In the early 1990s, Warner made the transition to museum education. In 1997, she received Washington State’s Gold Apple Award for Excellence in Education and, in 1998, she accepted a Coming Up Taller award for her program, The Experimental Gallery. Born in Geita, Tanzania, Warner earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southampton University in England and a Master of Arts in Education from Antioch University in Seattle.

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