Meet the Team: Susan Strauss

Maine has always been a place of love for Susan, who has had connections to it through family and friends dating back decades. Now retired from her final career position as a high school principal for over 20 years, Susan had earlier career forays outside of education. These included representing the Collectors Societies of both Swarovski Crystal and Waterford Wedgwood, as well as being a working artist in stained glass. While awaiting her husband’s retirement after hers, Susan served as the program administrator for British violinist Daisy Jopling and her StringPulse Experience school program. She additionally created and presented programming in the area of cultural competency and diversity in the school setting with a team of three other colleagues. Susan has been a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum since 2017.

Susan graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Art Education, earned a Master’s Degree in Humanities from New York University, and a second Master’s at Rhode Island College in educational administration.

Susan and husband, Ed, split their time between MidCoast Maine and Jacksonville, Florida, where Susan is a docent at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. She also enjoys travel, cultural events, a bit of gardening, cooking and baking, and staying fit with bicycling and walking.

As a Farnsworth docent, Susan is most fond of the warmth and camaraderie of the Farnsworth team, and extending that to the visitor experience on the tours she leads.

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