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Sarah Kennel, The Byrne Family Curator of Photography


Kennel joined PEM in 2015, following a nine-year curatorial tenure at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she helped oversee the National Gallery's photography collection and managed an active exhibition program. In 2013, Kennel won first prize from the Association of Art Museum Curators for an essay on Charles Marville, a little-known French photographer who captured rapid and dramatic change in 19th-century Paris. She organized the related exhibition, Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kennel holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Princeton University. She is coordinating an upcoming exhibition of Samuel F. B. Morse's 1833 grand work Gallery of the Louvre and curating a major traveling exhibition of Sally Mann's work, to be co-organized with the National Gallery of Art. Follow @sarah_kennel on Instagram.