Creating Cultures of Art and Food: A Conversation Between Dia:Beacon and Glynwood Farm
This event is part of Community Free Day.
About the program
Dia:Beacon Managing Director Susan Batton and Glynwood President Kathleen Frith will present the work of their organizations vis-à-vis the theme, and share ideas for work yet to be done. (1 hour)
Limited space; reservations recommended using the link above.
About Kathleen Frith
Kathleen Frith is currently President of Glynwood, a nonprofit working to build a thriving regional food system in New York’s Hudson Valley. Prior to joining Glynwood in 2012, Kathleen was the Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, where she helped shape the Center’s programs to educate people about the links between human health, food systems, the ocean and the environment. While at Harvard, Kathleen started the Harvard Community Garden, the University’s first garden dedicated solely to the production of food, and produced the award-winning film Once Upon a Tide on the importance of ocean conservation.
In addition to her leadership position at Glynwood, Kathleen currently serves as Director for the Pleiades Network, an organization she founded in 2009 to advance women’s leadership in creating a more sustainable world. She has authored numerous reports and publications and acts as an advisor to various environmental and community organizations, including the Ocean Foundation, Oxfam and the Mayor’s Council on Food in Boston. Kathleen also serves on both Congressman Maloney’s Agricultural Advisory Board, as well as Senator Gillibrand’s Agricultural Working Group. Originally from California, Kathleen studied marine biology and received a Master’s degree in Science Journalism from Boston University.
Glynwood is an agricultural nonprofit organization based in Cold Spring, NY that is working to strengthen the regional food system across the Hudson Valley. In addition to growing vegetables and raising pastured livestock on a 225-acre farm, Glynwood has developed a number of innovative programs that enhance the viability of farming, train the next generation of farmers, foster emerging markets for distinctive regional products, as well as train culinary professionals to become stewards of the land.
About Susan Batton
Susan Sayre Batton is the Managing Director at Dia:Beacon, since 2010, and the Director of Administration for the Dia Art Foundation since 2012. Active in arts and culture nationally, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Benny Andrews Legacy Project with the United Negro College Fund, and serves on Hudson Valley Boards including the Dutchess County Arts Council and the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. Under Susan's tenure, Dia:Beacon was awarded the Dutchess County Executive's Art Award in 2011, and the Business Excellence Award from the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. In 2012, she was awarded the BeaconArts Award for her efforts to form a mutually beneficial relationship between Dia, Main Street and the Beacon arts community.
Before joining Dia’s staff, she was project director for Modern Views, an exhibition and publication project with the Philip Johnson Glass House and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Assouline publication Modern Views, which she edited, appeared in fall 2010 in conjunction with programs in Chicago and New York at Sotheby's, creating the highest grossing fundraiser in the National Trust’s history.
Previously, Ms. Batton held senior administrative positions at several museums. In 2008 she served as acting deputy director at the Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles, where she oversaw exhibitions, publications, and public programs.
From 2005 to 2008, she was deputy director of the Honolulu Museum of Art, focusing on exhibitions, staff development and strategic planning, and led the museum through a successful re-accreditation by the American Association of Museums. While there, she re-focused education efforts, organized the exhibition Won Ju Lim: In Many Things to Come (2006), and collaborated with curators on internationally touring exhibitions such as Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff, with a catalogue published by Yale University Press.
From 1995-2005, Ms. Batton was based in Los Angeles, where she was a consultant to museums on exhibition and conservation projects and held senior positions or long-term consultancies with institutions including the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; and the Honolulu Museum of Art. From 1993 to 1995, she served as associate director of the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies.
Ms. Batton's teaching credits include lecturing at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and teaching for five years in the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University. She was an appointed member of the Hollywood Art and Design Advisory Panel of the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, which commissioned new public artwork in fulfillment of the 1% for Art requirement. She initiated the creation of the Cultural Trust Fund in support of after-school arts programs for students.
Ms. Batton received a BFA in Studio Art from Denison University, and completed graduate work at Princeton in the Visual Arts Program, where she was a Mellon Fellow. She received IMLS and NEA Fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she co-organized scholarly symposia.