Britany Salsbury

Prints and Drawings

Curator of Prints and Drawings

Britany Salsbury joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in March 2018. During her time at the CMA, she has organized exhibitions on topics including the watercolors of Charles Burchfield, contemporary women printmakers, and Latin American works on paper. Her 2023 exhibition Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art was accompanied by a catalogue of this collection and received grant funding from the Getty Foundation and the Wolfgang Ratjen Foundation. Previously, she was associate curator of prints and drawings at the Milwaukee Art Museum; was a postdoctoral Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; and held research and fellowship positions in the drawings and prints departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Salsbury’s research and publications focus on 19th-century European works on paper with a particular interest in technical art history and the history of collecting. She coedited the book Collecting Prints, Posters, and Ephemera: Perspectives in a Global World (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) and has contributed to numerous publications, including the journals Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and Print Quarterly. Salsbury cofounded the Association of Print Scholars and serves on the boards of the Print Council of America and the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. She works with students though the CMA and Case Western Reserve University’s joint doctoral program in art history and has previously taught on topics including modern art and the history of printmaking at the City University of New York, Christie’s Education, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Salsbury received a BA in art history and English at Case Western Reserve University and an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She completed an MPhil and a PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where her dissertation on print portfolios in fin de siècle Paris was supported by funding from the Getty Research Institute and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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