An internationally acclaimed scholar and author on 19th Century French painting Gloria Groom is currently Chair of Painting and Sculpture of Europe, and the David and Mary Winton Green Curator at The Art Institute of Chicago. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and UNESCO, Paris, Dr. Groom joined the Art Institute in 1985. Since then, she has been involved in major monographic exhibitions and catalogues including Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Caillebotte, Renoir, Manet, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, and thematic exhibitions such as Beyond the Easel: Decorative Paintings of Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard (2008), Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity (2012-2013), Van Gogh’s Bedrooms (2016), Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist (2017) and Manet and Modern Beauty (2019), devoted to the little-known paintings, pastels, and watercolors of the artist’s last years. Dr. Groom has also led the project for monographic on-line scholarly catalogues on the Impressionist collection (to date: Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Gauguin. Manet with Cezanne forthcoming), involving an international team of scholars, conservators and scientists. In September 2020, she opened Monet and Chicago, a celebration of the artist’s impact on the city, including 33 paintings from private collectors in Chicagoland. Her work on French culture has been recognized by the French Republic from whom she received the medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and Officier. In 2016 she was further honored with the medal of Chevalier in the Legion of Honor.
Her current exhibition projects include an exhibition on Cezanne in collaboration with Tate Modern opening in May 2022, and an exhibition on Edouard Vuillard and the Theatre of Modern Life scheduled for 2024.