Category Archives: staff biographies

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. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago,… 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: Lisa Çakmak, associate curator of ancient art

Lisa Çakmak, the associate curator of ancient art, will curate the reinstallation of the Egyptian collection in 2017. Çakmak has led the project through years of research and planning, including the 2014 CT-scanning of three mummies. As part of the Art Museum’s historic expansion, she installed galleries that highlight the art and architecture 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. David holds a graduate degree in Early American Culture from the the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. He has been with the Art Museum since 1994. He curated St. Louis… Read More »

Staff bio: Jeanette Fausz, director of exhibitions and collections

As the Art Museum’s director of exhibitions and collections, Jeanette Fausz oversees a multi-disciplinary department that includes the staffs of the registration, conservation, exhibitions and design departments. In her 23-year career at the Art Museum, Fausz has served as assistant registrar, exhibitions coordinator, and — most recently — registrar. During the construction and installation of… Read More »

Staff bio: Philip Hu, curator of Asian art

Philip Hu, the curator of Asian art, curated Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan (2016). Since joining the Museum in 2006, Hu has curated the main exhibitions Power and Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty (2009) and Five Centuries of Japanese Screens: Masterpieces from the Saint Louis Art Museum and the… Read More »

Staff bio: Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art

  Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art since 2010, recently co-curated Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (2017). Kelly co-curated Impressionist France (2014), and he curated the installation for the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, as well as several Currents exhibitions. He has published extensively on 19th and early-20th century French art… Read More »