Emily Zilber joined Isaacson, Miller as a Senior Associate in 2019 with over a decade of experience in museums, arts and culture organizations, and higher education. Prior to joining the firm, Emily was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In this position, she built the museum’s curatorial and exhibitions while developing strategic relationships with a wide array of stakeholders, including donors, artists, educators, funders, community partners, and peer institutions. She also served as the museum’s liaison to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts and worked regularly with leadership, faculties, and students of art, design, and humanities-focused college and university programs. Emily has also held positions as Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and Editor of Metalsmith magazine, and worked for organizations including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Early in her career, Emily worked as a museum educator at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York and as a Public Interest Program Fellow at the Chicago Public Schools. Emily has consulted and lectured internationally for museums, universities, and cultural organizations. She sits on the boards of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston and Craft Now Philadelphia, and on the Board of Advisors of the North Bennet Street School.
- BA (with honors), The University of Chicago
- MA, The Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture