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Expert Profile


Susan Laudicina






Position Type:

Washington, D.C.

District Of Columbia

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Exhibits development




Museum Registrar and Collections Care Experience

March 2019 – Present Registrarial / Curatorial Assistant, National Museum of American History

Division of Home and Community Life

Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.


· Catalog, accession, and prepare condition reports for a collection of 19th Century children’s books and American paintings/prints. Create and update object records in Mimsy XG collections management system. Create online object labels/descriptions for collections objects to be used for public engagement. Conduct artist and maker research.


October 2018 – Present Resource Teacher

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD


· Teach U.S. civics through the lens of art history by analyzing artists’ depictions of historic figures/events. Course prepares Permanent Residents for U.S. Naturalization test and interview.


April - October 2017 Contract Registrar, Georgetown University Library

Booth Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.


· Accessioned, cataloged, photographed, and rehoused a collection of over 500 early 20thCentury American prints. Prepared condition reports and estimated values. Created object records in EmbARK collections management system.

· Wrote exhibition proposal analyzing themes, content and significance of prints.


September 2017 Contract Registrar, Washington, D.C.


· Developed and conducted a training workshop entitled “Documenting and Digitizing Your Collection” for members of the International Hajji Baba Society (for collectors of fine textiles).


June – August 2017 Collections Volunteer, National Portrait Gallery

Department of Photographs, Prints & Drawings

Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.


· Inventoried and performed initial cataloging of about 125 objects, including daguerreotypes and prints. Created a collection record for each object that included a description, photograph, measurements, and condition report.

· Performed object and constituent queries in TMS database.


February – March 2017

May – June 2016 Digital Projects Volunteer, Archives of American Art
Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

  • Updated object records in Archives’ collection information system to ensure accuracy, proper fielding and tagging; entered data into Drupal content system.

July – September, 2015 Registrarial Assistant, American University Museum Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Accessioned a bequest of almost 200 early 20th Century American prints.
  • Cataloged objects; prepared condition reports; measured, photographed and rehoused artworks; conducted provenance research; and estimated values.
  • Wrote exhibition proposal analyzing themes, content and significance of prints.

August – November, 2015 Public Programming Assistant, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

  • Assisted with exhibition planning and gallery tasks (e.g., prepared artist checklists)
  • Researched and compiled data for exhibition catalog.

Academic Education

Certificate in Art Collections Management and Display New York University’s School of Professional Studies – 2015

Master of Arts, Political Science / International Relations

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science / History - cum laude

University at Albany, New York


Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, United Kingdom

- Courses on Early Modern Art in Britain and France, Renaissance Venice, Mosaics from Antiquity to Renaissance, and Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

- Courses on Baroque Art and Architecture, Northern Renaissance Art, and History of Photography


Continuing Education

- Smithsonian, National Conference on Cultural Property Protection, 2022 and 2021

- American Alliance of Museums, Annual Meeting, 2022, 2019, 2016

- Association of Registrars and Collection Specialists, Conference, 2021, 2019, 2017

- Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Annual Meeting, 2018

- Small Museum Association, Annual Conference, 2020, 2018, and 2017

- College Art Association, Annual Conference, 2016

- International Council of Museums (INTERCOM), Conference, 2015



- Working knowledge of collections management software (EmbARK, TMS, Mimsy XG)

- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

- Fluent in French

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