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Franklin Kelly
Deputy Director and Chief Curator
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Franklin Kelly is an art historian specializing in eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century American and British painting. He is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and a Distinguished Affiliate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include Frederic Edwin Church and the National Landscape (1988), Frederic Edwin Church (1989), Thomas Cole's Paintings of Eden (1995), Nineteenth-Century American Paintings in the National Gallery of Art (1996), and articles and essays on a wide range of artists, including William Blake, John Constable, J. M. W. Turner, John Singleton Copley, William Sidney Mount, Asher B. Durand, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Eakins, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, and Jackson Pollock. He was the curator of the Frederic Edwin Church exhibition held at the National Gallery in 1989-90. In 1995 he was the co-curator of the Winslow Homer exhibition organized by the Gallery and co-author of the accompanying catalogue. He was the curator for Twentieth Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection, seen at the National Gallery and at the Seattle Art Museum during 2000, and co-organizer of the exhibition Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and the National Gallery in 2003-2004. In 2005-2006 the exhibition Constable's Great Landscapes: The Six-Foot Paintings, which he co-organized, was shown at the Tate Britain, London, the National Gallery, and the Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California. Two exhibitions he helped organize, Edward Hopper and J.M.W. Turner, were shown at the National Gallery 2007-2008. Kelly has lectured extensively at museums and universities in America and abroad, and has also held curatorial appointments at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Kelly received his undergraduate training at the University of North Carolina. He subsequently did graduate work at Williams College (M.A. in art history, 1979) and the University of Delaware (Ph.D. in art history, 1985). Among the honors he has received are a Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 1981-83; the Sypherd Prize for the outstanding dissertation in the humanities, University of Delaware, 1985; Distinguished Alumni Award, The Collegiate Schools, Richmond, Virginia, 1997; Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement, University of Delaware, 2001; and the Frederic Edwin Church Award, 2009.

-November 16, 2018

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Franklin Kelly
Deputy Director and Chief Curator
National Gallery of Art, Washington

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