Stephanie Stebich

The Margaret & Terry STENT Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum at Smithsonian Institution

Stephanie Stebich

Stephanie Stebich

The Margaret & Terry STENT Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum at Smithsonian Institution

Biography

Stephanie Stebich

The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Stephanie Stebich (pronounced STEE-BISH) is responsible for the nation’s premier collection of American art and major exhibition, research, publication, education and digital-media programs at the museum and its Renwick Gallery. She was named director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in January 2017. Stebich serves on the Smithsonian’s Capital Board as well as the Smithsonian-London Strategic Advisory Board. In May 2018, she was named co-chair of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

Before coming to Washington, D.C., Stebich had been executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum since 2005. Under her leadership, the museum underwent a major renovation that doubled its exhibition space; launched a capital campaign with a goal of $17 million and raised more than $37 million; and added endowed curator, educator and fellow positions. She oversaw the development and implementation of the museum’s strategic plan, as well as a 10-year collecting strategy. At Tacoma, Stebich championed the presentation of many groundbreaking exhibitions and secured major collection gifts, including the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, 300 masterworks from the 1790s to the present by Charles Bird King, Thomas Moran, Frederick Remington, Georgia O’Keeffe and others; and the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection, 225 works of American studio glass featuring Pilchuck School artists such as Dale Chihuly, Ginny Ruffner and Therman Statom as well as artworks by Northwest artists such as Morris Graves and Deborah Butterfield.

Stebich was assistant director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 2001 to 2004 and assistant director at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1995 to 2001. She was previously a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors from 2010 to 2012, where she led and implemented its diversity initiative as chair of the membership committee. She currently serves as a trustee of the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the executive committee.

Stebich earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia University and a master’s degree with a concentration in modern art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She has a certificate in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles. She was a fellow at the Guggenheim Museum and has studied at the University College London. She is fluent in German and French.

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Tacoma Art Museum

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Tacoma, WA, United States

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2

Birthday

1966

Age

55

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Secretary at Smithsonian Institution

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Executive Director at Tacoma Art Museum

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Director-Equal Employment & Minority Affairs at Smithsonian Institution

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Chief Justice at Supreme Court of the United States

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Former Director, Office of Protection Services at Smithsonian Institution

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Under Secretary for Museums & Culture at Smithsonian Institution

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Chief of Staff to the Secretary at Smithsonian Institution

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Managing Director & Equity Research Analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc.

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Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager at Kunath Karren Rinne & Atkin LLC

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Partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP

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The Margaret & Terry STENT Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum at Smithsonian Institution
Education
Art History

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Masters of Fine Arts

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU's very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 40,000 students attending 18 schools and colleges at five major centers in Manhattan and in sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. The faculty, which initially consisted of fourteen professors and lecturers (among them artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse), now totals over 3,100 full-time members whose research and teaching encompasses the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences; the law; medicine; business; education; the fine arts, studio art, and the performing and cinematic arts; music; social work; public administration; the ancient world; and continuing and professional studies. With more than 2,500 courses offered, the University awards more than 25 different degrees. Although overall the University is large, the individuals schools and colleges are small- to moderate-sized units—each with its own traditions, programs, and faculty – and there are many communities to be found within the NYU community based on interests, activities, and shared experiences. The center of NYU is its Washington Square campus in the heart of Greenwich Village. One of the city's most creative and energetic communities, the Village is a historic neighborhood that has attracted generations of writers, musicians, artists, and intellectuals. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the city”: the University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, drawing inspiration from its vitality. In addition to its Manhattan locations, the University is also formally affiliated the Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Brooklyn, the second oldest school of engineering and technology in the country, and has research facilities, notably the Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Sterling Forest, near Tuxedo, New York. And NYU has established itself as the first global network university, with a comprehensive liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi – the first to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university – and other sites for study and research in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel, among other locations.

Career History
Professional
Prior

The American Alliance of Museums is an American private company located in Washington, DC, with domestic subsidiaries. The firm provides advocating services for museums.The company says this about itself: The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community.

Assistant Director
Prior

The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts houses art collections and conducts art exhibitions in the United States. Their collections encompass artworks, painting and sculpture, print and drawing collections, decorative arts, modernist design, photographs and textiles. It also collects, preserves, and makes work of art. The company was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.

The Margaret & Terry STENT Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Current

Smithsonian Institution which was founded in 1846 is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

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Director
Current

The American Alliance of Museums is an American private company located in Washington, DC, with domestic subsidiaries. The firm provides advocating services for museums.The company says this about itself: The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community.

Director
Current

CONNECTING PEOPLE THROUGH ART, TACOMA ART MUSEUM SERVES THE DIVERSE COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTHWEST THROUGH ITS COLLECTION, EXHIBITIONS, AND LEARNING PROGRAMS, EMPHASIZING ART AND ARTISTS OF THE NORTHWEST AND BROADER WESTERN REGION.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,000 +
2017

American Folk Art Museum is a nonprofit company headquartered in New York, NY. The firm operates museum.

$100 - $249
2010

TO ENHANCE, SUPPORT AND STEWARD THE REGION'S MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCES.

$100 - $20K
2008

Girl Scouts of Western Washington is a non profit organization which provides leadership development program for girls. It offers girls camping and hands-on outdoor education opportunities. The firm provides collection of activities and experiences, earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, do Take Action projects that make a difference. The company was founded in March 1912 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Political Donations
$250
2012

Partner at Lincoln Park Partners

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