Curators in Conversation: Dawson Carr

February 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Dawson Carr, The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art

Dawson Carr, Ph.D.

The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art
Please join us for this program series in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Portland Art Museum. Each one-on-one conversation will take place between Director Brian Ferriso and the Museum’s respective curators, offering insight into an area of the permanent collection. Learn about the rich histories of building the Museum’s collection and hear curatorial visions for the future.

Dawson W. Carr is The Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art, joining the Portland Art Museum in January 2013 as the Museum’s first full-time curator of European painting and sculpture. He is responsible for the research, documentation, and interpretation of art made in Europe from antiquity to 1900, as well as the organization of exhibitions and the development of the collection. Thanks to Dr. Carr’s original research, the most viewed piece in our Online Collection is an eighteenth century painting Il Femminiello, by Giuseppe Bonito.

Curators in Conversation runs through the end of 2018.

The series is free and open to the public. Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Reserve tickets

This talk will also be streamed live on the Museum’s Facebook channel.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.