The Minor White Curator of Photography
the Portland Art Museum
Julia Dolan is The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. Serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts. Dedicated photography galleries display multiple installations each year that draw from the Museum's permanent collection of more than 7,000 photographs, being an exciting array of historic as well as contemporary works.
Dr. Dolan holds a B.F.A. in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.A. in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. She has worked with photography collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She has curated and co-curated multiple photography exhibitions including
Transcending the Literal: Photographs by Ansel Adams from the Collection and Spectacle at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as Ray K. Metzker: AutoMagic and Likeness: Portraiture from the Photography Collection at the Portland Art Museum, and currently is working on an exhibition of Robert Adams's photographs of Oregon. Dr. Dolan's responsibilities include researching and growing the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, including contemporary works. Dr. Dolan has served as a portfolio reviewer for the Society for Photographic Education and Photolucida, and as a juror for multiple photography shows.