Dorothy Moss

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Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Dorothy Moss is associate curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and director of the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. She serves as one of the curators of the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series and is currently developing an exhibition on Sylvia Plath. Moss is also co-curator, with senior historian David Ward, of the upcoming exhibition Sweat of their Face: Portraits of American Working People, an examination of portrayals of anonymous workers in the United States from the 18th-century to the present. Moss has held positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

From 2008-2013, she taught an American Studies seminar for the Smith College/Smithsonian program centered on the subjects of the uses of new technology in American art museums from the 19th century to the present and the impact of new media on the exploration of identity in contemporary portraiture. She has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues and her commentaries and articles have appeared in the Burlington Magazine, American Art, click!: photography changes everything, and Gastronomica. After graduating from Smith College, Moss earned a master’s degree from Williams College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.