Emily O'Leary


Emily O’Leary is a Bronx-based art historian and curator. She earned a degree in art history from SUNY Purchase College (2006) after completing a curatorial fellowship at the Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY). As Associate Curator at Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale (Bronx, NY) for over 12 years, she works with a permanent collection of 4,500 works of art. She has organized 20 changing exhibitions at the Derfner, including an exhibition of rare Slovak linocuts drawn from the permanent collection. Vincent Hložník: Between War and Dream was loaned to BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall (New York, NY) in 2016 and is slated to travel to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in 2020.

As a freelance curator, Ms. O’Leary most recently organized CARE: Maryna Bilak in February, an exhibition about art and Alzheimer’s at Hudson Hall (Hudson, NY) . She serves as Collections Management Consultant at En Foco, a organization focused on contemporary photography which promotes artists of color.

She has authored essays for exhibition catalogues, including "Leningrad Lithography: Meeting Place" at the Anna Akhmatova Museum in the Fountain House (St. Petersburg, Russia), and is a contributor to such publications as Celebrating Print, a biannual publication focusing on printmaking in Central and Eastern Europe.