Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art
Jessica Todd Smith is the Susan Gray Detweiler Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she is responsible for American painting and sculpture made between 1900 and 1960. She was Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where she worked from 2002-2016. At the Huntington, she helped triple the gallery space for the American art collection, with its most recent expansion opening in July 2014. She organized exhibitions including Pressed in Time: American Prints 1905-1950 (2007-8) and Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame (2011), which were accompanied by publications. Smith earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Harvard University Art Museums. She obtained her A.B. from Harvard University where she graduated summa cum laude.
Program Expands with International Participants New York, October 25, 2012 – The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) is proud to announce the selection of its sixth class of Fellows. The Class of 2013 will comprise ten outstanding curators who begin their training in New York in January. Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs ... Read More >
Judith Dolkart (CCL '13) Dives in as Director of the Addison Gallery During CCL, Judith served as deputy director of art and archival collections and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation, where she helped plan the relocation of the collections from Merion to the Foundation's new building ... Read More >
We are delighted to welcome Jessica Todd Smith (CCL Class of 2013) to the East Coast this July, when she assumes her new post as Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Todd Smith has overseen the growing collection of ... Read More >