The buzz at Hill-Stead Museum’s annual ‘Dinner on the Hill’ fundraiser Sunday was that there would soon be a new director/CEO named.
It was good buzz!
The Farmington museum’s Board of Governors has named Susan Ballek as its new director and CEO.
Ballek, currently executive director at the Lyme Art Association, succeeds Susan Sturtevant who stepped down earlier this year.
Prior to joining Lyme Art Association, Ballek worked at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and the Connecticut River Museum. She holds a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Oregon and her art work has been exhibited in both Connecticut and Oregon. She is active in community organizations including High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival.
“Susan’s collaborative and results-oriented style, plus comprehensive development, customer, volunteer, and program experiences within the arts community make her an ideal leader for Hill-Stead,” said Tim Corbett, president of Hill-Stead’s Board of Governors. “Her energy and focus are infectious and have been demonstrated throughout her career by her professional and volunteer accomplishments.”
“I am honored to have been selected as the new leader of Hill-Stead Museum, and look forward to meeting the loyal members and friends in the coming months,” Ballek said. “Residents of the Greater Hartford area are so fortunate to have this breathtaking estate and art collection right in their backyard, and I can’t wait to re-engage the community with new excerpts from the life of Theodate Pope Riddle.”