Curators: The Keepers of Culture

Curating has become a buzzword for organizing a life, but there are people who do it for a living.


About Anna Marley

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 Artist's 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. 

(from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)

About Maiza Hixson

Maiza Hixson is the Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art at the DCCA. She is also founder of the SHAFT Space with Lauren Ruth. Hixson has extensive museum and curatorial experience, having worked for the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, as well as serving as associate curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and curatorial fellow in the Contemporary Art Department at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. Her curatorial work was recently featured in the People’s Biennial. She has curated such exhibitions as: Young Country: Rural Themes in Contemporary Art and Masters of the Visual Universe: An M.F.A. Biennial. She organized solo exhibitions on artists Marilyn Minter and C. Spencer Yeh and curated American Idyll: Contemporary Art; Karaoke; Oh Boy! Men and Masculinity; and Curatorial Investigations of the Mutant Sublime. Hixson organized a solo show on two Philadelphia-based artists, The Dufala Brothers, as well as a thematic group exhibition on interactive, new media devices in contemporary art titled Contraption. Hixson’s 2013-2014 exhibition program, Radical Participation: A Series of Four Interactive Exhibitions was recently funded by the Warhol Foundation and will be implemented at the DCCA.

(from The University of the Arts)

About Pedro Alonzo

Alonzo is based in Boston, Massachusetts and has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. From 1996-2002, he was adjunct curator at the Insitute of Visual Arts in Milwaukee and guest curator at Estación Tijuana in Mexico. 

Alonzo has developed projects and exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Miguel Calderón, Quisqueya Henriquez, Rineke Dijkstra, FAILE, Meschac Gaba, Rivane Neuenschwander, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Chuck Ramirez, Paula Santiago, Dan Graham, and Marcos Ramirez “Erre.” Most recently, he curated major exhibitions for Shepard Fairey, Dr Lakra, SWOON, DZINE, JR, and OSGEMEOS.

(from ArtDaily.org)