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Roberta Jeanne Marie Olson

Roberta Jeanne Marie Olson, American art historian, educator, curator, writer. Fellow: The Morgan Library.; member: Association Art Museum Curator (Best Collection Catalogue prize 2008), Renaissance Society of America, Art Table, College Art Association, Italian Art Society, Drawing Society, Association University Professors Italian, Phi Beta Kappa (president Kappa chapter 1980-1982).

Background

  • Olson, Roberta Jeanne Marie was born on June 1, 1947 in Shawano, Wisconsin, United States. Daughter of Robert Bernard Olson and Emma Pauline (Dallmann) Hoops.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, St. Olaf College, 1969. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1971. Master of Fine Arts, Princeton University, 1973.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1976.

    Career

    • Preceptor Princeton University, 1972-1974. Contributing editor Arts Magazine, New York City, 1973-1975. Art news editor The Soho Weekly News, 1976-1978.

      From assistant professor to associate professor Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, 1975-1988, professor, 1988-2000, chairman art department, 1987-1989, 92-93, 97-98, A. Howard Meneely chair, 1990—1992, Mary L. Heuser faculty chair arts, 1997—2000. Curator New York History Society, New York City, since 1999. Consultant Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1984—1986.

      Board directors The Drawing Society, New York City, 1989—1994, The Friends of Art. Board advisers Halley's Comet Society, since 1986. Member collections committee drawing and print department Metropolitan Museum Art, since 1993.

      College committee drawing department Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, since 1997. Member visiting committee Paper Conservation, Metropolitan Museum Art, 2004—2008. Presenter in field; curator, guest-curator art exhibitions in various museum.

    Works

    • The Florentine Tondo
    • Roberta Olson explores an important phenomenon in Italian Renaissance art: the fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century flowering of the tondo (or circular) form in painting and sculpture.
    • Seat of Empire (2002)
    • This catalogue was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Seat of Empire,held at the New-York Historical Society from October 8, 2002 to January 12, 2003.

    Membership

    Fellow: The Morgan Library. Member: Association Art Museum Curator (Best Collection Catalogue prize 2008), Renaissance Society of America, Art Table, College Art Association, Italian Art Society, Drawing Society, Association University Professors Italian, Phi Beta Kappa (president Kappa chapter 1980-1982).

    Personality

    Interests

    Running, yoga, collecting, horseback riding.

    Connections

    • Married Alexander Buchanan Vance Johnson, June 15, 1980. 1 child, Allegra Alexandra Olson Johnson.
    • father: Robert Bernard Olson Hoops
    • mother: Emma Pauline (Dallmann) Hoops
    • spouse: Alexander Buchanan Vance Johnson
    • child: Allegra Alexandra Olson Johnson Olson
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    Born June 1, 1947
    (age 69)
    Nationality
    • 1969
      St. Olaf College
    • 1971
      University Iowa
    • 1973
      Princeton University
    • 1976
      Princeton University
    • 1972 - 1974
      Preceptor Princeton University
    • 1973 - 1975
      contributing editor Arts Magazine
    • 1975 - 1988
      from assistant, professor to associate professor Wheaton College
      Norton, Virginia, United States
    • 1976 - 1978
      art news editor The Soho Weekly News
    • 1990 - 1992
      from assistant, professor to associate professor Wheaton College
    • 1997
      from assistant, professor to associate professor Wheaton College
    • 1999
      curator New York History Society
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