Susan Sutton Named Executive Director of Ballroom Marfa


Susan Sutton has been named the executive director of Texas’s Ballroom Marfa. Sutton succeeds Fairfax Dorn, who has held the position since she co-founded the non-profit contemporary art space in 2003. Dorn will take on the role of artistic director.  

Since 2010, Sutton has served as assistant curator at the Menil Collection, Houston. Her most recent exhibition, “A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James,” examined the relationship between the legendary designer (whose retrospective at the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art closed in August) and his patrons John and Dominique de Menil. Other exhibitions she has organized at the Menil include “The Progress of Love” (2012), a simultaneous, three-venue exhibition series with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, that explored love in the digital era; and “Byzantine Things in the World” (2013), which featured works that dated from 9,000 BCE to the present. For the past three years, Sutton has additionally provided research to the Menil’s expansive Byzantine and non-Western collections.

Sutton studied art history at the University of Houston and received her master’s degree in art history of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.