Anna O. Marley

Curator of Historical American Art

Curator of Historical American Art Anna O. Marley joined PAFA in March of 2009. Marley is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and holds a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, where she completed a dissertation on eighteenth-and early nineteenth century landscape paintings and their display in international merchant’s domestic interiors.
At PAFA, Marley has curated the exhibition Public Treasures/Private Visions: Hudson River School Masterworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Private Collections (2009-2010) Virgins, Soldiers, Angels, and Saints: Violet Oakley's Religious Art from the PAFA Collection (2010) and co-curated, with her colleagues Robert Cozzolino and Julien Robson, Anatomy/Academy (2011) an exhibition that focuses on how Philadelphia’s dynamic art and science communities have fostered knowledge of the human body. Marley is curator of the touring retrospective Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (2012), as well as editor of the acclaimed accompanying catalog, published by the University of California Press. Currently Marley is organizing the touring exhibition "A Mine of Beauty:" Landscapes by William Trost Richards.
In 2007, Marley curated the exhibition The Art of Edward L. Loper, Sr.: On the Path of the Masters for the University Museums of the University of Delaware as part of a larger project cataloging Delaware African-American artist Edward L. Loper’s life works. Prior to PAFA, Marley worked for both the National Gallery of Art and the National Park Service and held research fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Winterthur Museum, the Maryland Historical Society, and Colonial Williamsburg. While at USC she was co-curator of Global Address and author of “Here and Nowhere: Los Angeles, Globalization and Location,” and “Dead Country: Miles Coolidge’s Global Landscape” (USC Fisher Gallery, 2002).
Marley’s professional affiliations include the Association of Historians of American Art, Association of Art Museum Curators, and the Society of Early Americanists.