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Emelie Gevalt.
Emelie Gevalt.

American Folk Art Museum Hires Emelie Gevalt as Curator

The American Folk Art Museum in New York appointed Emelie Gevalt as its new curator of folk art. She comes to the institution from the Art of the Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she helped organize the upcoming exhibition “Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art,” which opens in May 2020.

Previously, Gevalt served in leadership roles at Christie’s in New York in the Estates, Appraisals, and Valuations Department and assisted in the management of private collections in New York. Gevalt has a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and is currently pursuing her doctorate in art history at the University of Delaware.

“Emelie Gevalt is a leader in a generation of curators who are shifting the field of folk art with impressive intellectual rigor and boundless curiosity in connections between the past and present,” said museum director Jason T. Busch. “My colleagues and I look forward to Gevalt’s important role in defining the next chapter of the museum as AFAM approaches its sixtieth anniversary.” Gevalt succeeds Stacy C. Hollander, who left the museum in June 2019, will take up the post in November.