Elizabeth Varner is Executive Director of the National Art Museum of Sport.
Varner has a Bachelors degree in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters degree from the Smithsonian-Corcoran College of Art+Design, study in Sotheby's Art & Business Program in London, and a law degree from Tulane University Law School. Varner’s education is bolstered with experience as director of a North Carolina museum, editor-in-chief of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, and internships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, the National Museum of Nepal and the U.S. Treasury Department. She has completed the American Decorative Arts Program at Winterthur Winter Institute and Victorian Society Newport Summer School and is a former Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum Scholar.
Varner’s desire to obtain a law degree was prompted by awareness of the complex legal questions surrounding cultural heritage. She has written multiple publications and lectured on issues impacting museums, cultural heritage, and arbitration.