Harwood Museum of Art
Harwood Museum of Art
Credit: Drew Flack

Susan Longhenry, executive director of the University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art in Taos announced her resignation to accept a similar position with another museum.

“I’m grateful to the Harwood’s staff, Governing Board and Advisory Council for working with me to advance this wonderful institution,” Longhenry said. “We’ve accomplished a great deal together, and the Museum is poised for a new Director to take it to the next level.”

Longhenry will become the Director and Chief Curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She told the board the decision was difficult, but it will allow her, husband Jeremy McDonnell, and their son, Declan, to be much closer to their family at an important time in their lives.

Longhenry joined the Harwood Museum on the day ground was broken on the 11,000 square foot building expansion in July, 2009. In her six years tenure, she facilitated the acquisition of several major collections including Mandelman and Ribak, Victor Goler, and works by internationally recognized artists such as Ken Price, Larry Bell, and Ron Davis. Under her leadership, the Museum secured the first Federal grants in the Harwood’s history, as well as a major grant from the Luce Foundation

“Susan has led the Museum with grace and professionalism over the last six years,” said Marcia Winter, governing board chair. “We will miss her, but we will embrace this opportunity to move forward and continue to strengthen the institution she has helped build.”

Longhenry has agreed to continue as director at Harwood until July 24 to complete several projects and facilitate a smooth transition in management. A search timeline will be developed soon, along with plans for interim leadership.

Formed in 1923 by Lucy Harwood and several members of the Taos Society of Artists, the Harwood Museum of Art is the second oldest museum in New Mexico. It has been affiliated with the University of New Mexico since 1935, and it now boasts the internationally acclaimed Agnes Martin Gallery, galleries exhibiting highlights from the museum's collection of work by the Taos Society of Artists, Taos Moderns, Hispanic Traditions, and contemporary artists working in Taos, and changing exhibitions fulfilling the Harwood's vision to "Bring Taos Arts to the World and World Arts to Taos."