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Carol Manson Bier

Carol Manson Bier, museum curator, writer.


  • Bier, Carol Manson was born on December 29, 1947 in New York City. Daughter of Julius Joel and Elizabeth (Butzner) Manson.

  • Education

    • Master of Arts in Art History, New York University, 1977. Postgraduate, New York University, 1980.


    • Assistant to director Turkish Government Tourism Information Office, New York City, 1970-1972. Intern Metropolitan Museum Art, 1974-1975. Research associate Freer Gallery Art, Washington, 1980-1981.

      Visiting assistant professor George Washington University, 1983. Associate curator Textile Museum, 1984-1987, curator, since 1987. Member faculty Maryland Institute College Art, since 1995.

      Consultant, lecturer Ebla to Damascus Exhibition. Norman Freehling visiting professor University Michigan, 1998.


    • Author: The Persian Velvets at Rosenborg, 1995. Author, editor: Woven From the Soul, Spun From the Heart: Textile Arts of Safavid and Qajar Iran, 1987. Editor: Textile Museum Journal, since 1992.

      Contributor Dictionary of Middle Ages, 1983, Encyclopedia Iranica, 1985, 93, 97, Dictionary of Art, 1996.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Founding member, advisory council Museum for Textiles, Toronto. Member Society Iranian Studies (national council 1985-1987, 97—, nominating committee 1995), Friends Asian Art (steering and program committee 1983-1986), Middle East Outreach Council, Middle East Studies Association, American Association Museum, International Council Museum, American Oriental Society (nominating committee 1985-1987), International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, College Art Association.



    Cooking, photography, gardening.


    • Married Lionel Bier, June 6, 1969 (divorced 1982). Married Jerrold S. Cooper, November 18, 1982. Stepchildren: Nina Cooper, Sari Cooper.

      1 child, Jenny Alexandra.
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    Born December 29, 1947
    (age 69)
    • 1977
      New York University
    • 1980
      New York University
    • 1970 - 1972
      Assistant, to director Turkish Government Tourism Information Office
    • 1974 - 1975
      intern, Metropolitan Museum Art
    • 1980 - 1981
      research associate, Freer Gallery Art
      Washington, United States
    • 1983
      visiting assistant, professor George Washington University
    • 1984 - 1987
      associate, curator Textile Museum
    • 1987
      associate, curator Textile Museum