Rebecca Brantley is a curator, writer, and educator. She is the Director of the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art at Piedmont College, where she has curated or supervised over 13 exhibitions to date. She teaches courses in art history and criticism for the college’s art department. Prior to her position at Piedmont College, Brantley taught for the University of Georgia, the University of North Georgia, and Oglethorpe University.
Brantley has authored academic chapters, gallery publications, and various short-form pieces of criticism. Brantley is a contributing writer for ArtsATL and BURNAWAY and was the author of a regular art review column for Flagpole Magazine in Athens, Georgia, from 2008-2010.
Brantley has a long record of service to her community. Since 2007, she has volunteered with ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, a nonprofit art space in Athens, Georgia. She assumed a leadership role from 2015 to 2016, when she was elected president of the board of directors. She has curated seven exhibitions at ATHICA and continues to lead to the Programming Committee. In 2016, she served as a panelist for the Georgia Council for the Arts. She has served as juror or guest speaker for many local organizations.
Brantley earned a BFA and BA with honors from the University of Georgia in 2005. She was the first undergraduate to receive a Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Fellowship to do research Georgia Museum of Art’s Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts. Subsequently, she earned an MA in art history with distinction from the University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis was the basis for an essay on the artist Matthew Barney that appears in the anthology Contemporary Art About Architecture: A Strange Utility (Ashgate 2013).