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educator , museum director

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.


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.



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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, collecting oriental rugs.


Ralph Bandes

Bessie (Gordon) Bandes