Placed Leaders

Ellen Roberts

Director of Curatorial Affairs

Taft Museum of Art

We partnered with the Taft Museum of Art on the search for a Director of Curatorial Affairs. The Taft Museum of Art is home to an extensive art collection including European & American master paintings, sculptures, French Renaissance enamels, & more.

Our work resulted in the recruitment of Ellen Roberts to the role. 

Roberts joined the Taft Museum from the Norton Museum of Art, where she served as Senior Curator of American Art. At the Norton, Roberts curated numerous exhibitions, including From Man Ray to O’Keeffe: American Modernism at the Norton (2023), Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature (2022), Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection (2021–22).

Prior to her time at the Norton, Roberts served as Associate Curator of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Art Institute, she managed the collections of seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts and co-curated exhibitions on Edward Hopper, the Arts and Crafts movement, food and American painting, and Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese art.

Roberts has also held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, and Boston University.

Roberts holds a Bachelor’s in Art History from Yale University. She received her Master’s in Art History from Boston University. She earned a PhD from Boston University in Art History with a specialization in American Art and architecture and a minor in Asian Art.