In her work as a curator and educator, Susannah Bielak is interested in projects with collaboration, experimentation and research at their core. She is the Curator of Public Practice and Associate Director of Engagement at the Block Museum at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Block, she served as the Associate Director of Public and Interpretive Programs at the Walker Art Center. Approaching museums as laboratories and civic spaces, and cities as studios, she has worked with a range of artists including Carl DiSalvo, Marisa Jahn, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the Museum of Non Participation, Mark Nowak, Pedro Reyes, and Mark Shepard.
Teaching across studio practice, critical museology, and interdisciplinary studies, recent courses include co-teaching Art History seminar Unpacking the Museum at Northwestern University, teaching MFA graduate seminar Mirror Museum at the Walker, and co-teaching interdisciplinary seminar Kitchen Lab through University of Minnesota’s School of Design.
Recent projects include co-producing and presenting The Act of Participating as part of the Smart Museum’s The Museum Proposition and developing an Index towards Public Art as part of Critical Inquiry’s Art and Public Life symposium and special issue.