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Sally Metzler

Visiting Associate Professor; Director of Docent Art History Program, Union League Club of Chicago

Ph.D., Art History, Princeton University

Sally Metzler, Ph.D. is the Director of the Art Collection at the Union League Club Chicago, where she oversees the acquisition, research, safeguard, and programming for one of the finest collections in the Midwest after the Art Institute of Chicago. She curates quarterly exhibitions that promote Chicago’s emerging artists and encourage community engagement.  Among her goals is fostering an appreciation for the vital role the visual arts play in society. Currently she is completing a collection handbook on the art collection of the Union League Club Chicago.

She earned her doctorate at Princeton University in Art History where she focused on Renaissance and Baroque art of Eastern Europe. At the University of Southern California, she earned an MA in Art History and Museum Studies.  She was a Senior Fellow and Guest Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for five years where she curated the international loan exhibition Bartholomäus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague and authored the exhibition catalogue published by Yale Press and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has taught art history courses at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago, concentrating on mannerism and courtly display of power. Formerly, she was the Director of the Martin D’Arcy Museum of Loyola University Chicago, where she integrated the museum with the academic curriculum, bringing diverse student and professor audiences to engage with the collection of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art.  She has also held positions at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC); and the Alte and Neue Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.  An outside interest is the Arabic language, which she studies as a hobby, and explores Middle Eastern Culture. 

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