Meet the Staff
Colleen Yarger, Ph.D.
George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Library Collections
Colleen Yarger joined the NSLM in July 2022 as the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Library Collections. In this post she oversees the Library’s F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room, Archives, and Reading Rooms, as well as interpreting and generating exhibitions based upon these rich holdings.
Before joining the NSLM team, Yarger served as the Assistant Curator for European Art and the Mellon Collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 2019–2022. At VMFA she curated Sir Frank Short: Out of the Shadows (2021) and co-curated Hollar’s Enyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection (2019). For the VMFA, she also authored catalog entries for the international traveling exhibitions A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2018) and Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2018). In 2019, the A Sporting Vision catalog was nominated for the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History.
Always seeking out ways to increase her knowledge about printmaking and works on paper, led Yarger to take a course at the London Rare Book School on the Gutenberg Bible (2021). Yarger obtained her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University (2014) and M.A. from Syracuse University (2009).
Yarger currently resides in Purcellville with her husband and two children. In her free time, Yarger enjoys traveling and mastering new allergy-friendly recipes.