Christopher C. Oliver joined VMFA as the Assistant Curator of American Art in 2013. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia. Oliver’s particular interests encompass nineteenth-century American visual culture, particularly relating to Southern landscapes and the representations and legacy of slavery. He has presented papers at museums and universities across the country on topics ranging from plantation life in the colonial South to the popular vogue for panorama paintings in the mid-nineteenth century. Before joining VMFA’s staff in 2013, Oliver worked as an Education Assistant at Reynolda House Museum of American Art as well as a guest curator at the University of Virginia Art Museum for John Toole: Itinerant Painter (2008). He also assisted in the research and publication of Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris, a VMFA-UVA collaborative exhibition (2010).