American decorative arts expert to organize exhibition

Jennifer Carlquist
Jennifer Carlquist

Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison welcomes to its staff Jennifer Carlquist as the historic estate’s new curator (effective Feb. 4). Carlquist will research, oversee and celebrate the museum’s collection of New York furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. She will also organize annual exhibitions that highlight the museum’s strengths and the rich artistic traditions of the Hudson Valley.

Carlquist is an art historian specializing in American interiors and 17th- to 21st-century decorative arts and designs made, collected and/or retailed in America. Her 15-year career as a museum professional includes curatorial and fundraising positions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum and Glensheen Historic Estate and a fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

Carlquist teaches at SUNY New Paltz and has guest-lectured at Parsons New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Victorian Society in America Summer Schools, Newport Symposium, Decorative Arts Forum and museums across the country. She earned her BFA in art history at the University of Minnesota and her M.A. in the Parsons/Cooper-Hewett Program in the history of decorative arts and design.

Carlquist’s first order of business at Boscobel will be researching the permanent collection and organizing its upcoming exhibition, Every Kind of a Painter: The Art of Thomas Prichard Rossiter (1818–1871).

Steven Miller, executive director of Boscobel stated: “We are delighted to welcome Jennifer to Boscobel. Her extensive experience and expertise in the historic focus of our mission will be of tremendous value, especially as we continue to enhance our exhibition programming and the interpretation of the iconic period rooms in our splendid mansion.”

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