Elizabeth Lay

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History
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Elizabeth Lay is a Textile Historian and the Curator at Montgomery History’s Beall Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum in Rockville. In addition to 9 years as Executive Director for city and county art organizations, she was a textile designer holding a license for design with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. As a contractor she has worked with the collections at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, The U.S. State Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the Fashion Museum in Bath.  She is a regular instructor at Smithsonian Associates on the topics of textiles, fashion, and American furniture.


Current Research

Curator, Montgomery History, Beall Dawson Museum and Stonestreet Museum.

Lay is currently working on exhibition research with guest curator William Allman, for Montgomery History: 75 Objects, 75 Stories.




BA in Art History and Business Administration, University of Kentucky; MA in History of Decorative Arts, Smithsonian-George Mason University

Professional Organizations

American Alliance of Museums, American Association of State and Local History, Small Museum Association.