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Emily O’Leary ’06

Emily is a Bronx-based art historian, curator, and cultural worker. She graduated with a degree in art history after completing a curatorial fellowship at the Neuberger Museum of Art. As Associate Curator at the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale for over 12 years, she oversees a permanent collection of 4,500 works of art and rotating exhibition space. She has organized over 20 changing exhibitions at the Derfner Judaica Museum at Hebrew Home at Riverdale (Bronx, NY), including a loan exhibition installed at BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall (New York, NY) drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Emily has authored essays for exhibition catalogues, including “Leningrad Lithography: Meeting Place” at the Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House (St. Petersburg, Russia), and is a contributor to such publications as Celebrating Print, a biannual publication focusing on printmaking in Central and Eastern Europe. In her other writerly life, she moonlights as a freelance copywriter and poet. She has been a featured reader at Saturn Poetry Series and is currently working on her first chapbook.


Art History


Member, Alumni Association Board of Directors