Carrie Haslett, Terra Foundation for American Art

TITLE: Program Director of Exhibition & Academic Grants

FUNDING AREAS: Arts education, visual arts, museums

CONTACT:, (312) 664-3939


PROFILE: Curator Carrie Haslett joined the Terra Foundation for American Art in 2006 as the program officer of Exhibition & Academic Programs and was bumped up to program director for that same program (now with the name Exhibition & Academic Grants) in May 2013. Here's the press release put out by the Portland Museum of Art when Haslett left her position there as the Joan Whitney Payson Curator of Modern Art to first join Terra:

The Portland Museum of Art’s Joan Whitney Payson Curator of Modern Art, Carrie Haslett, announced today that she will be leaving the Museum to take a position as program officer at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago. Haslett was hired in February 2000, and will be leaving the Museum in July after the opening of her exhibition Paris and the Countryside: Modern Life in Late-19th-Century France (on view through October 15, 2006).

"Carrie has created many excellent European art exhibitions at the Museum,” said Director Daniel E. O’Leary. “Although we will be sad to see her go, the Terra Foundation is fortunate to be gaining a most capable curator.”Haslett was responsible for overseeing the Museum’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century European art, including the Joan Whitney Payson Collection, the Scott M. Black Collection, and the Albert Otten Collection. She organized major loan exhibitions of European art and coordinated the presentation of numerous special traveling exhibitions. Over the past six years, Haslett has organized eight exhibitions, including Art History Before Photography: Reproductive Prints from the Collection; Degas, Rodin, and Moore: Bronzes by European Masters; Neo-Impressionism: Artists on the Edge; and Monet to Matisse, Homer to Hartley: American Masters and Their European Muses.

Haslett came to the Museum from the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California, where she was a research associate. She received degrees from Bryn Mawr College (Ph.D. 1999), Case Western Reserve University (M.A. 1993), and Swarthmore College (B.A. 1986). From 1994 to 1996 Haslett worked as a research assistant for Mrs. John Whitney Payson. This position enabled her to conduct extensive research on the Joan Whitney Payson Collection, which assisted her in her position at the Portland Museum of Art. Haslett, who has been living in South Portland with her family, plans to reside in Chicago.