Susan Proudfoot Reed
Vice President- Arts & Culture
Mothers Legacy Project

My involvement in Mother’s Legacy Project began as a request, and I am forever grateful for that. For many years I felt that a large part of my life had not found it’s focus. I searched in different areas, but it wasn’t until I became involved in this group that I felt I had found my niche. Here I can use my extensive background in the arts and love of culture to promote the importance of women and the stories we all have within us that need telling. I truly feel I have come home.

Susan was fortunate enough to be raised on a large wheat ranch in Eastern Oregon where she was given her first horse for her fifth birthday. Being raised on a ranch and by the type of parents she had instilled a love and satisfaction of hard physical work which she credits to any success she has accomplished. Her interests include traveling the world, art and archaeology, architecture, design, history and genealogy research.

She attended Brigham Young University, majoring in humanities and vocal performance. While there she volunteered for an organization that raised awareness of drug abuse in communities and ran a counseling center. She transferred to the University of Oregon where she received her B.S. in Psychology. Three children, two jobs and nine years later, she returned to school where she studied for her M.A. in Classical Archaeology and Ancient Art. Moving to Bloomington, Indiana brought the opportunity to work for the Indiana University Art Museum as an assistant curator in ancient art for nearly ten years and completing her masters. One of the highlights was helping to organize an international symposium about ancient jewelry which produced three catalogs and brought scholars from around the world.

She has served on many boards, worked in management, event coordination, written grants, volunteered countless hours and has taught students about history and art for the past 35 years. She continues to lecture, focusing on the brutality of looters of international art museums and the theft and recovery of art throughout the past century.