Ann Harlow earned a B.A. in art history and sociology at Stanford and an M.A. in art history at Berkeley. Having first volunteered in a local history museum in Evanston, Illinois, as a teenager and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art before starting graduate work, she gained additional museum experience while studying at Berkeley. She then worked at The Oakland Museum, Mills College Art Museum, and for sixteen years as the director of the Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s College of California. Each of these positions helped develop her knowledge of early California art. After retiring from St. Mary’s, she guest curated a traveling exhibition, California Paintings 1910-1940: Selections from Mills College Art Museum. Her interest in Anne Bremer and Albert Bender stemmed from that experience.