Carol Soltis has been a curator in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Department of American Art since 2006.
She holds a doctorate in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and has lectured and written on a wide variety of topics in 18th and 19th century American art. She co-curated and co-authored the exhibition and catalogue, Thomas Sully, Painted Performance and curated the first authoritative exhibition on the portraitist and history painter, Rembrandt Peale, Rembrandt Peale, A Life in the Arts and authored its catalogue. Later, as a member of the Smithsonian’s Peale Family Papers, located at the National Portrait Gallery, she assembled a catalogue raisonné of Rembrandt’s extensive body of work and co-curated the gallery’s 1992 exhibition, In Pursuit of Fame, Rembrandt Peale, 1778-1860 and contributed an essay to its catalogue.
Her most recent book, The Art of the Peales, published by Yale University Press, presents PMA’s unparalleled Peale Collection of oil portraits, watercolor on ivory miniatures, still life pictures, landscapes, drawings and prints by fifteen different Peale artists spanning the 1770’s into the 20th century. Written as a narrative, it is designed to highlight the connections between the individual artists and their work.