Melanie Holcomb

Melanie Holcomb


CCL Class of 2014


The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters

Institution at time of Fellowship

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Anne Hawley, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Melanie Holcomb is a curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since joining the Met in 1999, she has contributed to multiple exhibitions as well as to the reinstallation of the Medieval and Byzantine Galleries. She was curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages in 2009 and co-curator of the 2011-13 exhibition series, Medieval Jewish Art in Context. Her present research is focused on the art and history of the Holy Land as she and a colleague prepare an exhibition devoted to Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, scheduled for 2016 at the Metropolitan. An alumna of Smith College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D.), she has taught at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the Institute of Fine Arts, and the University of Sussex. She was also a visiting Museum Scholar at the Getty Research Institute.

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