Carolyn Russo is the curator of the art collection, trophy collection, and temporary curator of the poster collection in her capacity as a museum specialist. She is the lead curator of the art gallery and is planning upcoming art exhibitions for its reopening in 2025. With over 30 years of experience at the Museum, Russo is the author of four books:(Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2015), New York: powerHouse Books, 2007), (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003), and (Boston, New York, London: Bulfinch Press, 1997).
Art exhibitions Russo curated for the museum include:
Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on Another World exhibition from July 16, 2009 – January 13, 2010, by Jeffrey Milstein from November 25, 2011 – November 25, 2012, by Angela Palmer from July 26, 2013 – December 1, 2013, co-curator for from July 26, 2013 – December 1, 2013, and the from April 22, 2014 – November 2014.
Art of the Airport Tower (on tour from November 2015 – to present),with Anne Collins Goodyear (on tour from 2009 to 2015), and , a widely circulated seven-year Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service traveling exhibition.
Russo is a 2019 recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Research Residency and a 2016 recipient of the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Women Photographers. Photographs fromreceived international photography awards and the book received second place in the 2016 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Publications Design Competition. was awarded second prize in the 2008 AAM Publications Design Competition and received awards in 2004 from the American Institute of Graphic Arts 50 Books/50 Covers Competition and the AAM Publications Design Competition.
Russo was invited to Finland by the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki on the State Department Speaker Program in 2009, was an exhibitor at the International Photography Festival in Lishui, China, in 2011, and has participated in artist-in-residencies programs in Finland, Iceland, and Scotland. Russo holds a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA, and an MA in North American Art History from American University in Washington, D.C.