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with Anna O. Marley, Ph.D., Curator of Historical American Art and Director for the Center of the Study of the American Artist at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Anna O. Marley, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art’s Curator of Historical American Art, will examine how Impressionism came to be used as a style that was part and parcel of the American garden movement, a Progressive-era movement that was not entirely “progressive,” but very much a Nativist reaction to industrialism and immigration in the US around 1900. She will illustrate how the American, colonial, or “wild gardens,” were deemed both patriotic and appropriate for a new class of suburban commuters, many of whom were artists, and many of whom lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia, including Bucks County.

Anna O. Marley joined the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2009 as Curator of Historical American Art and Director for the Center of the Study of the American Artist. At PAFA, Marley has curated over 15 exhibitions, including A Mine of Beauty: Landscapes by William Trost Richards and Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit (both 2012); Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper (2014); The Artists Garden (2015); and From the Schuylkill to the Hudson (2019). Her exhibitions and publications have been supported by the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the NEH, and the Luce, Terra, and Wyeth Foundations. Marley served as Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art and as US Liaison, AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators. She was past Visiting Professor, Mellon Foundation Curatorial Track Ph.D. at the University of Delaware, and currently she serves on the Advisory Boards of the Art Center at Vassar College and the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Journal. Marley 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.



Image: Edward W. Redfield (1869-1965), The Upper Delaware, 1918. Oil on canvas. 38 x 50 inches. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.