Susan Butlin in the artifact storeroom holding the blue frog, one of the artifacts in Inspired by Nature.

Susan Butlin is an art historian and curator.  She was born in London, Ontario, attended Western University, London, Ontario, University of Toronto, and Carleton University, Ottawa, where she received her Ph.D.  She taught art history at Carleton University, and has worked as a curatorial assistant with the Canadian war art collection at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa. 

 Among her previous exhibitions are Under the Sign of the Cross, at the Canadian Museum of History, Hull, Quebec, co-curated with Robert Klymasz; and The Fulcrum of the Arts: Canadian Culture and Alma College, 1881-1939, at the Elgin County Museum, St. Thomas, Ontario.  She has published widely on Canadian art and culture, including All the Girls Have Gone: Alma College, the Latter Years (Alma College International Alumnae Assoc., 2011), and The Practice of Her Profession: Florence Carlyle, Canadian Painter in the Age of Impressionism (McGill-Queens’ University Press, 2009), the latter book was awarded the Ontario Historical Society ‘Alison Prentice Award’ for the best book in women’s history. Her article on A.Y. Jackson, “Landscape as Memorial: A.Y. Jackson and the Landscape of the Western Front, 1917-1918,” was published in Canadian Military History (v. 5, n. 2. Wilfrid Laurier University Press). She was a contributing author to Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012) for her article ‘Keeping the Archive Door Open: Writing about Florence Carlyle.”  Susan currently works as a historical interpreter at Eldon House Heritage Site and Gardens in London, Ontario.