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Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D., Biography

Elizabeth E. Barker. 2014. Photo by Mike Ritter.Elizabeth E. Barker is the Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum. Dr. Barker received her undergraduate degree from Yale College cum laude and her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where her research focused on British art of the late eighteenth century. Before coming to Boston in October 2014, she served as Director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Director of Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery, and Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; during the same period, she held temporary appointments as a visiting curator at the British Museum and as guest curator of the exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby in Liverpool for the Yale Center for British Art. Dr. Barker’s publications have addressed the work of various artists, ranging from the Renaissance (Filippino Lippi) to the Romantic age (Wright of Derby, William Blake, Samuel Palmer), and from the Modern era (Childe Hassam) to the present day (Chuck Close). A finalist for the Art Newspaper/AXA Art Exhibition Catalogue Award and the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History, Dr. Barker is the recipient of the New York State Historical Association’s Henry Allen Moe Prize, Yale University’s A. Conger Goodyear Award in the History of Art, and other awards.