Category Archives: staff biographies

Staff bio: Deborah Spivak, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Ancient American Art

Deborah Spivak joined the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2017 as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Ancient American Art, a shared appointment with Washington University in St. Louis. A specialist in ancient art of the Andes, Spivak’s doctoral dissertation examines Loro ceramics from the Peruvian south coast. During her fellowship, Spivak will conduct collections… Read More »

Staff bio: Gretchen Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Gretchen Wagner, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, will co-curate the 2018 exhibition “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now.” The history of printmaking and the role of artist’s editions in contemporary practice is a primary focus of Wagner’s research. She has, for example, explored the worlds of 1970s conceptual art, Eastern… Read More »

Staff bio: Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art

Hannah Klemm, the assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, curates the museum’s “Currents” and “New Media Series” exhibitions. Klemm previously was the Fisher Collection Graduate Curatorial Fellow at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked on the contemporary German art collection. She holds a doctorate from the the University of… Read More »

Staff bio: Alexander Marr, assistant curator for Native American art

Alexander Brier Marr joined the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2016 as assistant curator for Native American art. Marr served as Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum, where contributed major research to a forthcoming traveling exhibition of the Axel Rasmussen Collection of Northwest Coast art. He is co-editing an… Read More »

Staff bio: Hugh Shockey, head of conservation

Lucian H. (Hugh) Shockey Jr. joined the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2015 as 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 Museum’s… Read More »

Staff bio: Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum

Brent R. Benjamin came to the Art Museum in 1999 from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he had served for 12 years in curatorial and administrative roles, culminating in five years as deputy director for curatorial affairs. As the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, he led the initiative… Read More »

Staff bio: Nichole N. Bridges, associate curator for African art

Nichole N. Bridges is the associate curator for African art and the associate curator in charge of overseeing the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Bridges joined the Museum in 2013, having previously served as associate curator at the Newark Museum; as well as the head of the Department of the… Read More »

Staff bio: David Conradsen, the Grace L. Brumbaugh and Richard E. Brumbaugh Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

David Conradsen is the Grace L. Brumbaugh and Richard E. Brumbaugh Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. He has been with the Art Museum since 1994. He curated “St. Louis Modern,” a 2015 exhibition on midcentury-modern design in St. Louis, with Genevieve Cortinovis. He is the author of the exhibition catalogues “Useful Beauty: American Decorative Arts… Read More »

Staff bio: Jeanette Fausz, assistant director for exhibitions and collections

As the assistant director for exhibitions and collections, Jeanette Fausz oversees the museum’s departments of exhibitions, design, conservation, registration, and installation. At the Saint Louis Art Museum since 1991, Fausz has worked in both museum registration and exhibitions. During her time at the museum, she has served in a sequence of roles of increasing responsibility… Read More »