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James Steward

James Steward  

James Steward joined the Princeton University Art Museum as its director in April 2009. At Princeton, Dr. Steward directs a staff of 75 with an operating budget of approximately $14 million and collections of over 72,000 works of art spanning the globe. A scholar of 18th-century Europe, he also holds the position of Lecturer with the Rank of Professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and is a Fellow of Princeton’s Rockefeller College.

Dr. Steward is an experienced museum professional with 20 years of service to the field, including work as Chief Curator of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. Before coming to Princeton, he served for 11 years as Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art where he was also Professor in the Department of the History of Art. He is active in national and international organizations including the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Association of American Museums.

Dr. Steward holds a doctorate in the History of Art from Trinity College, Oxford University, where he studied with the leading art historian Francis Haskell. He received his undergraduate degree in History, French, and Art History from the University of Virginia, and began his graduate career at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.