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Rachel McGarry, PhD

Rachel McGarry, Ph.D.Associate Curator
Department: Prints and Drawings

Current MIA Projects

Currently researching the museum’s drawings collection and working on a special exhibition featuring highlights in the MIA’s collection.


  • PhD and MA, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • BA, Colgate University

Background/Work History

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 2006
  • Lecturer, University of Minnesota Art History Department, spring 2009
  • Research and Exhibition Assistant, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, State University of New York
  • Research Assistant, Archaeological Excavations in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace, Greece, for the Institute of Fine Arts
  • Junior Specialist, Silver and Objects of Vertu, Christie’s, Inc

Specialty/Area of Interest

Italian drawings, 17th- and 18th-century European art and culture

Honors and Professional Associations

  • Member of the Print Council of America
  • Member of the Renaissance Society of America
  • The Florance Waterbury Fellowship, 2004–5
  • The Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship, 2002–4
  • The Theodore Rousseau Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002–3
  • The Institute of Fine Arts Alumni Association Travel Fellowship, 2002
  • Robert Lehman Fellowship, 2001–2
  • Florence and Samuel C. Karlan Award, 2000–2001
  • Isabel and Alfred Bader Student Travel Grant, 2000
  • Council of Friends fellowship and stipend, 1999–2000
  • Shelby and Leon Levy Travel Fellowship, 1998
  • Graduate fellowship and stipend, Institute of Fine Arts, 1997–99

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

  • Co-curator, "Faith in Motion," 2012–13
  • Curator, "Drawings from the Bequest of Professor Alfred Moir," 2012
  • Curator, "Global Positioning c. 1600: A Rare World Map," 2010
  • Curator, “The Night Sky in the Age of Vermeer: The Astronomer in Context,” 2009–2010
  • Curator, “Old Master Drawings: Steps in Artistic Creation,” 2009
  • Curator, “From Rembrandt to Matisse: Selected Works on Paper,” 2008–9
  • Curator, “The Art and Wit of Caricature: The English Tradition,” 2008
  • Curator, “Visions of Piety: Devotional Prints in the Counter-Reformation,” 2007–8
  • Curator, “L’Ancien Régime: Life at the French Court,” 2007
  • Curator, “The Genius of Martin Schongauer: The Engravings,” 2007
  • Research assistant, “Correggio and Parmigianino: Master Draftsmen of the Renaissance,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001
  • Research assistant, “Chardin,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000


  • Contributor to Un grande maestro da riscoprire: Gregorio Guglielmi, pittore romano del Settecento, exh. cat., (Rome: 2009)
  • “Guido Reni, Cardinal Federico Borromeo’s Reluctant Copyist,” Studia Borromaica, (2008)

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October 2012