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Susan Jane Bandes

Susan Jane Bandes, museum director, educator. Recipient award American Philosophical Society, 1981, Publication award American Institute of Architects, 1990; Samuel H. Kress fellow, 1972-1973, 75-76, Whiting fellow, 1976-1977; Fulbright-Hayes grant, 1974-1975.


  • Bandes, Susan Jane was born on October 18, 1951 in New York City. Daughter of Ralph and Bessie (Gordon) Bandes.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, New York University, 1971. Master of Arts, Bryn Mawr College, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, 1978.

      Postgraduate, Museum Management Institute, Berkeley, California, 1990.


    • Assistant professor Sweet Briar College, Virginia, 1978-1983. Project director American Association Museum, Washington, 1983-1984. Program officer Jean Paul Getty Trust Grant Program, Los Angeles, 1984-1986.

      Professor Michigan State University, East Lansing, since 1986, director Kresge Art Center Museum, 1986—2010, co-director museum studies program.


    • Author, editor: Caring for Collections, 1984, Affordable Dreams: The Goetsch-Winckler House and Frank Lloyd Wright, 1991. Author: Abraham Rattner, The Tampa Museum of Art Collection, 1997, Pursuits and Pleasures: Baroque Paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2003. Editor: The Prints of John S. de Martelly, 1903-1979.

      Author, curator: Pursuits and Pleasures: Baroque Painting from the Detroit Institute of Arts, 2003., American Moderism 1920s-1940s, 2010.


    Member National Institute for Conservation (treasurer 1986-1990), Michigan Alliance for Conservation (treasurer 1994-1995, secretary 1996-1997, treasurer 1997-1998, president 1998-2000), Michigan Museum Association (board directors 1987-1992), Michigan Council for Humanities (council 1988-1992), Midwest Art History Society (board directors 1997-2000).



    Collecting oriental rugs.

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    Born October 18, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1971
      New York University
    • 1973
      Bryn Mawr College
    • 1978
      Bryn Mawr College
    • 1990
      Museum Management Institute
    • 1978 - 1983
      Assistant, professor Sweet Briar College
      Virginia, United States
    • 1983 - 1984
      project director, American Association Museum
      Washington, United States
    • 1984 - 1986
      program officer, J. Paul Getty Trust Grant Program
    • 1986
      professor, Michigan State University
      East Lansing, Michigan, United States
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