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Curator , educator , Art historian , writer

Roberta Jeanne Marie Olson, American Art historian, author, educator. Fellow Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1973-1974, Whiting Foundation for Humanities, 1974-1975, National Endowment for Humanities, 1982-1983; grantee National Endowment for Humanities, 1987-1988, American Philosophical Society, 1989, American Council Learned Socs., 1990-1991, Getty senior research grantee, 1994-1995,Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1996.


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.


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

Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1976.


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.



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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: running, yoga, squash, collecting, horseback riding.


Married Alexander Buchanan Vance Johnson, June 15, 1980. 1 child, Allegra Alexandra Olson Johnson.

Robert Bernard Olson Hoops

Emma Pauline (Dallmann) Hoops

Alexander Buchanan Vance Johnson

Allegra Alexandra Olson Johnson Olson