Anna O. Marley

The Kenneth R. Woodcock Curator of Historical American Art
Anna Marley
Liberal Arts
Degree Program
Museum Exhibitions
(215) 972-2064

Curator of Historical American Art and Director for the Center of the Study of the American Artist 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.

At PAFA, Marley has curated over 14 exhibitions, including Public Treasures/Private Visions: Hudson River School Masterworks (2009); Anatomy/Academy (2011); "A Mine of Beauty:" Landscapes by William Trost Richards, editing the accompanying catalog, as well as the touring retrospective Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (both 2012), and editing the acclaimed accompanying catalog, published by the University of California Press. Marley's recent exhibitions at PAFA include Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper (2014); the 5 venue nationally touring Artists Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920 (2015) and editing the accompanying catalog published by University of Pennsylvania Press; Thomas Eakins: Photographer (2016); Graphic Women (2017) and forthcoming exhibitions on 19th-century history painting, landscape, and women artists.

Marley’s professional affiliations include serving as former Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art (2014-2016); US Liaison, AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators (2016-2018); Visiting Professor, Mellon Foundation Curatorial Track Ph.D., University of Delaware (2017); and current Advisory Board Member of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.