The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced the appointment of Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt as Curator of European Painting and Sculpture and Department Head.
Yeager-Crasselt is a scholar and curator of early modern European art, specializing in painting, sculpture, and tapestry produced in Northern Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As part of her new role, she will oversee the reconceptualization of the BMA’s galleries of fifteenth- through nineteenth-century European art, with a particular emphasis on expanding the narratives told through the museum’s expansive holdings.
Prior to joining the BMA, she served as Curator of The Leiden Collection. There, she co-edited the online catalogue and oversaw the collection’s research, loans, and exhibitions, including co-curating its global tour with exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, Russia and China. Closer to home, she developed the collection’s focus exhibitions with recent shows at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College and Exchanging Words: Women and Letters in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, currently on view at the Timken Museum of Art in San Diego. Previously, Yeager-Crasselt held positions at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and KU Leuven as a Belgian American Educational Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her publications include Michael Sweerts (1618-1664): Shaping the Artist and Academy in Rome and Brussels (Brepols, 2016), as well as numerous exhibition catalogues and articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has held teaching positions at several universities, and her research focuses on artists working in the Southern Netherlands and Brussels, the dynamics of artistic exchange between the Low Countries and Italy, as well as broader issues of artistic mobility, identity, and collaboration. Yeager-Crasselt earned her PhD in Art History from the University of Maryland and her BA in History, Art History, and French from Vassar College.
Lara Yeager-Crasselt is a member of CODART since 2015.