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Keynote Speaker  

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Sylvia Yount

Keynote Speaker

Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sylvia Yount is responsible for the administrative and curatorial oversight of the historic department of fine and decorative arts of The Metropolitan Museum from the colonial period to the early twentieth century.

Before moving to The Met, she held various curatorial leadership positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In addition to completing pivotal collection reinstallations, she has organized major exhibitions with accompanying catalogues on Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, and American modernism, among other topics, with a particular focus on women and artists of color in regional and national contexts.

She received a PhD and a MA in the history of art from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Italian from New York University. She has lectured and published widely on late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art and culture, as well as on issues of curatorial responsibility and current museum practice.