Alexandra Deutsch, Chief Curator
Alexandra Deutsch attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York where she studied English and Art History, concentrating her studies of early American women’s writing and American decorative arts. In 1992, she was awarded a fellowship to study decorative arts at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts and in 1993 she was one of ten students selected for the McNeil Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum.
In 1995, she received her Master’s Degree in Early American Material Culture from the University of Delaware and that same year received a Victorian Society Fellowship to study Victorian decorative arts and architecture in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1996, she was appointed Acting Curator at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. From there, she became Curator of the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, New York, overseeing a Victorian house museum and one of the finest collections of early Adirondack photographs in the country.
After moving to Maryland in 1998, Ms. Deutsch became Manager of Decorative Arts and Americana for Sloan’s Auction Galleries then in Rockville and, in 1999, she began a long tenure as Curator of Historic Annapolis Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland. During her time in Annapolis, Ms. Deutsch launched and oversaw an ambitious, multi-year reinstallation and reinterpretation of the William Paca House, the 1765 home of one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration on Independence.
In the fall of 2008, Ms. Deutsch became Maryland Historical Society’s Deputy Director of Special Projects and in March, 2009 she was appointed Chief Curator. In addition to her curatorial work, Ms. Deutsch has authored two one-hour plays based on pre-Revolutionary events in Annapolis that have been performed for sell-out audiences and school groups throughout Anne Arundel County. She has lectured widely on American decorative arts and most recently published an article on the folk art collection at the Maryland Historical Society.