Emily J. Peters

Curator of Prints and Drawings

Emily Peters brings more than a decade of museum experience to the Cleveland Museum of Art. From 2005 until 2017 she was assistant curator, then associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She has organized more than fifteen exhibitions reflecting a variety of interests from Old Master prints to British and American watercolors. Notable projects include The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480–1650 (2010), The Festive City (2012), and Landscape and Leisure: 19th-century American Drawings (2015). Her catalogue for The Brilliant Line received a first-place award from the New England Museum Association, and her catalogue essay, “Systems and Swells: The Collective Lineage of Engraved Lines,” was deemed runner-up for essay of the year by the Association of Art Museum Curators. 

Peters’s publications investigate works on paper made by European artists of the early-modern period, including articles on Jan Gossaert, Diana Mantuana, and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as the relationships between printed images and public spectacle in the 16th century. Recent articles include “Processional Print Series in Antwerp during the Dutch Revolt” (2015) and “Treasures from the Vault: Leaf e from the Biblia Pauperum, ca. 1460s” (2013). 

In addition to her curatorial work, Peters has extensive teaching experience. While at the RISD Museum, she worked closely with professors and students at both the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, collaborating with professors on exhibitions and publications. Peters has also taught art history at Rhode Island College and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Peters holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BA in art history from the University of Michigan. She held a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship in the department of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004–5, and was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Belgium for research on her dissertation investigating 16th-century printmaking circles in Antwerp.