Prior to arriving in Birmingham in 2000, O’Grody worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and was a National Endowment for the Arts Curatorial Fellow at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum. Her area of expertise is Italian Renaissance art.
While completing her doctorate, O’Grody lived in Italy for several years, where she researched sculptural models and Michelangelo’s creative process for her dissertation Un Semplice Modello: Michelangelo and His Three-Dimensional Preparatory Works. She has subsequently published articles and catalogue entries on Michelangelo and on the Baroque sculptor, Gianlorenzo Bernini. O’Grody has lectured widely in the field of Renaissance and Baroque Art, including the popular lecture: “The Art of Leonardo: The Da Vinci Code Deciphered,” which has been given at numerous museums throughout the country.
O’Grody has organized exhibitions such as Methods and Media: Drawings from the Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art and Old Masters to Modern Methods: Prints from the Birmingham Museum of Art. She was also the curator for the Birmingham presentation of Sacred Treasures: Early Italian Paintings from Southern Collections, The Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from the Museums of FRAME, and The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. Most recently, O’Grody organized Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, which featured eleven rare drawings and the Codex on the Flight of Birds.
Her areas of research interest include old master drawings, prints, the creative process, patronage, and fifteenth through eighteenth century European sculpture.