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Biography: Crawford Alexander Mann III

Crawford Alexander Mann III

Since April 2017, Crawford Alexander Mann III has been the curator of prints and drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “I strive to organize exhibitions and produce scholarship that helps people engage more closely with works of art, inspiring them to admire, read, discuss, collect, and create,” said Mann. His research interests include Italian-American artistic exchange on the Grand Tour, artists of the American South, the impact of East Asian watercolor and printmaking traditions on American art, and the evolving visual constructions of masculinity, femininity, and gender.

Mann earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He earned both an MA in the history of art (2003) and an MPhil in the history of art (2005) from Yale University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Yale University, completing his dissertation titled, “When in Rome: Italian Travel and the Pursuit of the Ideal Male Body in Antebellum American Art.”

In May 2019, Mann was a David Whitehouse Research Resident Scholar. He conducted research to demonstrate how Venice’s 19th century glass revival was a catalyst for achievements in painting and printmaking by authoritative American artists.