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Emily Ballew Neff is Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Previously, she was Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director and Chief Curator of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, and, during the past two years, served as President of the Association of Art Museum Curators, an organization of 1200 art curators from across North America. Interested in organizing exhibitions that push the field of American art in new and innovative directions, Neff most recently mounted American Adversaries: West and Copley in a Transatlantic World, which received praise for its innovative approach to exhibiting colonial art in a global context. Neff has served as a frequent lecturer and teacher, and served in 2010 as the H.E.R.E. Distinguished Lecturer at Rice University, Houston. Neff holds a B.A. in Art History from Yale University, an M.A. in Art History from Rice University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.