Category Archives: Museum staff

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 »

Teacher Jennifer Kavanaugh starts fellowship

This summer, elementary teacher Jennifer Kavanaugh has been developing new ways to bring art in the classroom as part of Master Teacher Summer Fellowship, an annual award to a local educator with an interest in museum education. During the four-week summer appointment, Kavanaugh researched art objects, developed interdisciplinary learning materials, and prepared education programs that… Read More »

New Bearden Fellow arrives at SLAM

Today the Museum welcomed Jordia C. Benjamin, the 2014-15 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow. Benjamin completed a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida in May and holds both a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida. She joins the… Read More »