Jay A. Clarke is Rothman Family Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute from 2009 to 2018 where she also taught graduate seminars in the Graduate Program in Art History at Williams College. Her publications include Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009). She edited and contributed to Innovation, Tradition, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art (2012), The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec (2013), Hurricane Waves: Clifford Ross (2015), Machine Age Modernism (2015), and Picasso/Encounters (2017). Clarke has written articles on Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, Cornelia Paczka-Wagner, Julius Meier-Graefe, and Edvard Munch. Over the past decade she has curated a wide range of exhibitions including: The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer(2010), Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, and White (2015), Photography and Discovery (2016), Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection (2016), and No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts (2017). In 2016, she was a Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University.
Clarke is currently working on three forthcoming exhibitions and their related publications: a retrospective of Bridget Riley drawings (Art Institute of Chicago, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Morgan Library and Museum, New York) for 2022; a major loan exhibition Edvard Munch: Transforming Nature (Clark Art Institute, Barberini Museum, Potsdam, and Munch Museum, Norway) for 2023; and a retrospective of the paintings, drawings, and prints of Paula Modersohn-Becker (Art Institute of Chicago and the Neue Galerie, New York) for 2024.