Elizabeth Milroy

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Elizabeth Milroy (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1986) is the Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A specialist in the history of cultural institutions and cultural landscapes in the United States, she was previously Professor of Art History and American Studies at Wesleyan University. Recent publications include 'For the like Uses, as the Moore-Fields': The Politics of Penn's Squares,' in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (2006) and 'A Crowning Feature: The Centennial Exhibition and Philadelphia's Horticultural Hall' in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes (2006). Her essay, 'Pro Bono Publico: Ecology, History and the Creation of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park System' is forthcoming in Nature's Entrepot: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds, edited by Michael Chiarrappa and Brian Black (University of Pittsburgh Press; for 2012). She recently completed a major study of Philadelphia's cultural landscapes titled The Grid and the River: Histories of Philadelphia's Green Spaces, 1682-1876 (under contract with Penn State Press). She is also Executive Editor of Winterthur Portfolio, a leading interdisciplinary journal committed to fostering knowledge of the American past through the study of material culture.


7/19/12 - Museum Appoints Dr. Elizabeth Milroy as Curator of Education for Public Programs, Philadelphia Museum of Art Press Release

7/12 - Philadelphia Museum of Art appoints Dr. Elizabeth Milroy as Curator of Education for Public Programs in ArtDaily


Master Drawings from the Collection of Ingrid and Julius S. Held. With Laura M. Giles and Gwendolyn J. Owens. Williamstown: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1979.

Painters of a New Century: The Eight & American Art. Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1991.

Guide to the Thomas Eakins Research Collection, with a Lifetime Exhibition Record and Bibliography. Edited and with contributions by Douglass Paschall. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1996.

Reading American Art. An anthology of recent essays on American painting, sculpture and photography, Co-edited with Marianne Doezema. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.