Biography: Kelley Elliott

Kelley Elliott
Kelley Elliott
Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Glass

Kelley Elliott joined the Museum in 2012. She assists with acquisitions, exhibitions, cataloguing and research of the Museum’s modern and contemporary glass collections.

Elliott curated the Museum's special exhibition in 2014, René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass, which focuses on the Art Nouveau jewelry and Art Deco glass of French artist and designer René Lalique.  She is also co-curating the 2015 Rakow Library exhibition called America's Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex

Elliott received a B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography from the University of Montana, and a M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts through the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C.  Her graduate research focused on 19th-century French glass and 19th-century French jewelry.

Elliott was previously the collections associate at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C., where she managed, catalogued, and researched the collection; led museum tours; and gave public presentations on collections management.  She also worked at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., and at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in Missoula, Montana 

She has held fellowships at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Museum of American History, and has held internship positions at the Manassas Museum System of Manassas, VA, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Building Museum, and the Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C.