Melissa Wolfe joined the Art Museum in 2015 as curator and head of the Department of American Art. She oversaw an extensive reinterpretation of the museum’s American art galleries that opened in 2016.
She previously was curator of American art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she has worked for 14 years on a succession of important exhibitions, catalogues and collection development. Her projects “George Bellows and the American Experience” (2013), “George Tooker: A Retrospective” (2008) and “In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny” (2007) were awarded significant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art.
Wolfe received undergraduate degrees from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a master’s degree and doctorate in the history of art at The Ohio State University, where she also served as adjunct professor.
Notable media appearances and mentions
- Interview with Nancy Kranzberg (KDHX, 2017)
- St. Louis Art Museum announces major acquisition (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec. 15, 2015)
- Art Museum acquires ‘Sunday Morning Breakfast’ by Horace Pippin (The St. Louis American, Dec. 15, 2015)
- The Saint Louis Art Museum announces a major new acquisition (St. Louis Magazine, Dec. 15, 2015)
- Radio interview: Bingham’s rivers connect nature and politics, local and national audiences (St. Louis Public Radio, Feb. 20, 2015)
- St. Louis Art Museum takes visitors on ‘The Voyage of Life’ (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 15, 2015)