Category Archives: Museum staff

Not Throwing Away My “Kempshott”: Treatment of Two 18th-Century Wallpaper Pilasters

Have you ever wanted to know more about what goes on behind the scenes at the Saint Louis Art Museum, like how works of art are conserved and prepared for exhibition? In preparation for new updates to the Museum’s decorative arts galleries, conservators, curators, and exhibition designers recently prepared sections of the 18th century Kempshott… Read More »

Beasts, Mistresses, and Interior Decorating: A Story about the Kempshott Wallpaper

What do the French Revolution, the British monarchy, and the American Great Depression all share in common? Surprisingly, the answer is 25 panels of wallpaper in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The wallpaper was created around 1790 by the Parisian company Arthur & Robert, not long after the beginning of the French… Read More »

New on View: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Charlotte Cram

In Portrait of Charlotte Cram, artist John Singer Sargent captured a true moment of childhood: a 7-year-old just trying to sit still. Melissa Wolfe, curator for American art, explains why the new acquisition is so important for the Museum’s collection.       Image Caption: John Singer Sargent, American, 1856–1925; “Portrait of Charlotte Cram”, 1900; oil… Read More »

Courtney Baxter joins the Art Museum as the 2015-16 Romare Bearden Fellow

Courtney M. Baxter has joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as the 2015-16 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow. The fellowship aims to build a pool of talented young minority professionals to work in art-related fields in museums, galleries, non-profit organizations, and universities. Baxter joins the Art Museum from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, where… Read More »

Museum appoints Hugh Shockey to be new head of conservation

Lucian H. (Hugh) Shockey Jr. will join the Art Museum this summer as the new head of conservation, supervising a team of conservators working in the museum’s objects, painting, paper and textiles labs. Shockey has worked in conservation for the past 20 years, the last 10 as an objects conservator at the Smithsonian American Art… Read More »

Rhiannon Paget joins Art Museum as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art

Rhiannon Paget recently joined the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2015 as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art. A native of Sydney, Australia, Paget is completing her doctoral dissertation on Japanese art at the University of Sydney. She has held curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the Clark Center for… Read More »

Want to be a Museum Teen Assistant? Hurry, you’ve got until March 6 to apply

Do you know a student who enjoys visual art and is interested in museum work? Museum Teen Assistants develop and lead tours for young audiences and participate in a variety of community programs throughout the St. Louis area. In the course of their work, teens improve their public communication skills, gain leadership experience, develop transferable… Read More »

Curator Judith Mann awarded fellowship at American Academy in Rome

The Association of Art Museum Curators and the American Academy in Rome announced this week that it will award the Samuel H. Kress Foundation AAMC Affiliated Fellowship to Judith W. Mann, the Museum’s curator of European art to 1800. The fellowship is intended to honor exceptional curatorial vision by providing essential funding for curators to… Read More »

Museum announces new curator for American art

M. Melissa Wolfe will join the Saint Louis Art Museum as curator and head of the Department of American Art. She assumes her duties in January. “Melissa Wolfe is an impressive and prolific curator, having organized dozens of groundbreaking exhibitions, symposia, and publications over her career that speak to her creativity and intellectual rigor,” said… Read More »