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Brandy S. Culp

Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Brandy S. Culp has recently joined the curatorial staff at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public museum in the United States. She will be charged with the care and interpretation of their comprehensive holdings of American decorative arts from the 17th to 20th centuries. As former Curator of Historic Charleston Foundation, Ms. Culp led projects for the conservation and interpretation of the Foundation’s collection of fine and decorative arts. She has curated the exhibitions, The Russell Family and the Enslaved, Preserving the Art of the Decoy, An Era of Opulence: Decorative and Fine Arts in Early Charleston, and Sampling History: The Paint Archaeology of Susan Buck.

Ms. Culp curated the 2011 New York Winter Antiques Show exhibition titled, Grandeur Preserved: Masterworks Presented by Historic Charleston Foundation and in 2015 organized the loan exhibition An Eye for Opulence: Charleston through the Lens of the Rivers Collection for The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, which was the largest showing of objects related solely to Charleston’s material culture to travel outside of the state.

Before joining Historic Charleston Foundation, Ms. Culp served as the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked at the Bard Graduate Center in the Exhibitions Department and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she spent two years conducting research for the exhibition Art and the Empire City, New York, 1825-1861 under the direction of the late Catherine Voorsanger.  

Ms. Culp graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University and received her Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in American decorative arts from the Bard Graduate Center.

Ms. Culp co-authored the book Grandeur Preserved: The House Museums of Historic Charleston Foundation and has authored numerous articles.


The American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California

The Charleston Art and Antiques Forum

The Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Decorative Arts Trust

The Newport Antiques Symposium

The Royal Oak Society

The Society of the Four Arts

The South Carolina Silver Society