Susan Norkus (M.A. ’15) is Membership and Development Coordinator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is responsible for enhancing the university’s relationship with donors through stewardship initiatives.
Norkus is a recent graduate of VCU School of the Arts, earning a Master’s in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies. Her thesis explored K-12 educational programs at non-collecting contemporary art museums, including university art museums. During graduate school, she co-curated Anywhere But Now, an installation of contemporary art in the historic Wilton House Museum. The exhibition was presented at American Alliance of Museum’s Emerging Innovators Forum at the 2014 annual conference. Norkus also held internships at VCU’s Anderson Gallery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to becoming the Donor Relations Associate, she was an administrative assistant at the ICA. As the second person hired, her responsibilities ranged from supporting the Director’s office to co-producing the ICA’s introductory video, Richmond’s Missing Piece (Milkbox studio; Andrew Bordwin and Steven Ames, directors; 2014).
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Norkus developed an early appreciation for the arts through volunteer opportunities at the North Carolina Museum of Art and local non-profits, Artspace and Arts Together. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.