Amelia Peck

Amelia Peck is the Marica F. Vilcek Curator in the Department of American Decorative Arts and Manager of the Henry R. Luce Center for the study of American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Her areas of expertise include American textiles, 19th-century furniture, and interiors. She has curated numerous exhibitions at the Metropolitan, and is the author of many books and exhibition catalogues, including American Quilts and Coverlets in the Metropolitan Museum (1990, revised ed. 2007), Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect (1992), Period Rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1996), and Candace Wheeler: The Art and Enterprise of American Design, 1875-1900 (2001). She has also been a consultant to several important historic house museums in the New York area. Amelia’s most recent project was overseeing the major renovations to the American Wing’s late seventeenth and eighteenth century period rooms and decorative arts galleries, which opened in May 2009. These renovations included incorporating an electronic labeling system into the period rooms. In addition to Amelia’s work at the museum, she teaches at Sotheby’s M. A. Program in American Fine and Decorative Arts, and coordinates the program’s decorative arts curriculum.

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