Katherine A. Bussard

Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum
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Ph.D., City University of New York

M.A., Williams College

B.A., Smith College


Beginning April 15, 2013, Katherine A. Bussard is the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum – only the second to hold this endowed curatorship since it was named in honor of Bunnell. Bussard is responsible for developing special exhibitions ranging from ambitious international touring projects to smaller, more focused exhibitions; organizing changing installations for the collections galleries; developing public education programs, including lectures, artist's residencies, colloquia, and symposia; researching and overseeing the care and conservation of the Museum's photographic holdings; as well as formulating collecting strategies and securing significant new acquisitions for the photography collection through both gifts and purchases.

Bussard is currently Associate Curator of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago, whose staff she joined in 2004. Since 1999, Bussard has curated over twenty exhibitions, including Film and Photo in New York  (2012); Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings and Works on Paper (2011); and a biennial series dedicated to emerging photographers (2005–2011). Bussard coedited the book Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman, which will accompany an exhibition opening at the Milwaukee Art Museum next month. She is currently working on a major project operating at the intersection of photography, architecture, and urban studies, entitled The City Dynamic: Representing Crisis and Renewal in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles 1960–1980.