Courtney Bowers Marhev is Project Coordinator at the Museum Practice.
Courtney has a passion for sharing perspectives on cultural history, and has dedicated her professional life to that objective. After attaining her bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in Italian at the University of Texas in Austin, she was awarded a Fellowship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. In pursuit of her master’s degree in the history of decorative arts and design at Parsons University in New York City, Courtney helped to catalog the collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Working on her thesis there in New York, she uncovered the lost legacy of early 20th century jeweler Gustav Manz. Her findings on Manz were published by the Smithsonian, and were developed into an article for the Magazine Antiques and a lecture for the American Society of Jewelry Historians, as well as an article for the New York Times. She continues to pursue topics in design history, conducting interviews and writing articles to capture some of the fascinating untold stories that continue to influence the industry.
Beyond research and writing, Courtney has worked as an executive administrator, content developer, copy editor, photographer, and client services specialist in various design-related businesses including museums, galleries, art logistics companies, wholesalers, retailers, and private dealers. She is excited to now dedicate her energy and expertise to supporting the diverse initiatives of The Museum Practice.