Eleanor Jones Harvey

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Eleanor Jones Harvey, with Frederic Edwin Church's painting Aurora Borealis (1865)

Eleanor Jones Harvey is a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.[1]


Eleanor Harvey was born in Washington, D.C., and earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, in Art History.[2] She served as curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art from 1992-2002.[2] In January 2003, she became the curator for the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] and served as the museum's Chief Curator from 2003 until 2012. She is currently Senior Curator. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American art, landscape painting, Alexander von Humboldt, Southwestern abstraction, and Texas art.[4] Her most recent exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum were The Civil War and American Art in 2012-13, Variations on America: Masterworks from the American Art Forum Collections in 2007 and An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection in 2006.[5]


External video
The Civil War and American Art, C-SPAN, November 15, 2012[6]
Podcast: The Civil War and American Art, Episode 1, Smithsonian American Art Museum[7]
  • Eleanor Jones Harvey (2013-02-05). "America's Moral Volcano". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  • The Civil War and American Art. Yale University Press. 2012. ISBN 9780300187335.
  • Eleanor Jones Harvey, Gerald L. Carr. The Voyage of the Icebergs: Frederic Church's Arctic Masterpiece. Dallas Museum of Art, 2002, ISBN 9780300095364
  • The Painted Sketch: American Impressions from Nature, 1830-1880. Exh. cat. Dallas Museum of Art, 1998. New York: Harry Abrams, 1998, ISBN 9780810963641
  • An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection. Exh. cat. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006-2007. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006, ISBN 9781904832324
  • Avery, Kevin J. & Kelly, Frank (2003). Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 9780300101843. (has essay by Harvey)


  1. ^ "Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian Art Museum". Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships Research Staff Listing. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Eleanor Jones Harvey Receives Appointment as Dallas Museum of Art's Curator of American Art". Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Dallas Texas. 2010-11-01. Archived from the original on 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  3. ^ Smithsonian Names: Eleanor Jones Harvey
  4. ^ "Eleanor Jones Harvey, Senior Curator". SAAM. March 1, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Smithsonian American Art Museum Staff Biography Archived 2013-02-25 at the Wayback Machine, Smithsonian American Art Museum Press Room, August 2012, retrieved February 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Civil War and American Art". C-SPAN. November 15, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Civil War and American Art, Episode 1". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved February 15, 2012.

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