Bachelor, Princeton University, 1984; Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1990; Master of Philosophy in Art History, Columbia University, 1992.
Professor English Beijing Normal University, 1984-1985. Public affairs assistant Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 1985-1987. Lecturer Metropolitan Museum Art, 1990-1992.
Freelance lecturer National Gallery, London, 1994-1998. Founder Galatea Contemporary Art Advisors, since 1998. Researcher Metropolitan Museum, 1990-1992, Tate Gallery, London, 1992-1993.
Fellow The Frick Collection, New York City, since 1990.
Member National Museum Women in the Arts, United Kingdom Freinds (advisory council since 2006), Princeton University Art Museum (advisory council 2007), Penland School Crafts, North Carolina (board trustees since 2007).
Married Louis Goodman Elson, August 26, 1989. Children: Isabel Coker Elson, Everett Esther Elson, Edward Lee Elson.