JoAnne Olian

Title: Curator, Art Historian
Location: New York, New York, United States

JoAnne Olian, Curator and Art Historian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in fashion.

With an inherent interest in fashion, Ms. Olian chose to pursue a career in the industry following her high school graduation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University in 1969, which she followed up with a Master’s degree from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 1972. That same year, she began her career with an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She went on to become the assistant curator for the Museum of the City of New York in 1973 and was promoted to curator of costume collection one year later. In 1992, she left the museum and became a consultant curator with Costume Collection, where she was promoted to curator emeritus in 1995 upon her retirement.

Currently, Ms. Olian continues to work as the co-curator for the Garden Party at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Civically, she has been as associate trustee for the museum since 2007. She previously participated in the landmarks commission for the Village of Sands Point in New York. An active member of her industry, Ms. Olian maintains affiliation with the Costume Society of America, the International Council Museum and the Cosmopolitan Club, among other esteemed organizations.

Looking back on her myriad accomplishments, Ms. Olian attributes her success to hard work and dedication. Some of her most notable exhibitions include, “A Women’s Place,” “The Elegant Eighties” and “House of Worth: The Gilded Age.” She considers the highlight of her career to have been her experience in collecting costumes for the Museum of the City of New York, as she was able to build and expand on her skills more than ever before. She considers every day of work to be endlessly rewarding because of how much her profession has enriched her life. She cherishes the opportunities that come her way and enable her to continue lecturing, researching and writing well into her retirement. As a testament to her success, she is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.

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