Polly Rolman-Smith

Polly Rolman-Smith serves as Director of Furniture & Decorative Arts, specializing in the research and evaluation of Southern, American, English, and Continental furniture, decorative arts, and material culture.

Prior to Neal Auction, Polly was the Director of Curatorial Services at the Louisiana State Museum and oversaw the exhibits, collections, and education departments and activities of a statewide system of nine museums and a collection of nearly 500,000 objects. She also held curatorial positions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art as Exhibitions Coordinator and the Louisiana State Museum as Special Projects Coordinator of Exhibits and Curator of Science & Technology.

Polly has over a decade of experience concentrating in the research, management, and assessment of fine arts, decorative objects, and material culture. She has curated numerous exhibitions, given several lectures and conference presentations, and has made multiple media appearances, including an appearance in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.

Polly attended the University of New Orleans where she received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2008 and a Master of Arts in history in 2013. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky before moving to the New Orleans area when she was eleven years old.