Alum Stephanie Wiles Named Director of the Yale University Art Gallery

Photo of Graduate Center alumna Stephanie Wiles, the new director of the Yale Art Gallery, seated in a chairStephanie Wiles (Ph.D. ’01, Art History), an expert in old master drawings who has served in museum leadership roles at several universities, was named the new director of the Yale University Art Gallery.

The Yale Art Gallery is home to more than 200,000 objects, including Vincent van Gogh’s “The Night CafĂ©” and Marcel Duchamp’s last painting on canvas, “Tu m’.” It is the oldest college art museum in the United States.
“I’m looking forward to better understanding how the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions might intersect so collections are used dynamically to creatively introduce new ideas to audiences,” said Wiles, who will start the new position in July. “I’m also interested in thinking about creative ways that the visual arts can inspire collaborative interdisciplinary partnerships.”
Wiles is currently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Previously, she was the director of Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum. Last year, she launched a unique collaborative exhibition, “Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings,” which included new research by curators at both the Johnson Museum and at Oberlin.
In her new role, Wiles hopes to work with colleagues at other Yale museums, including the Yale Center for British Art and the Peabody Museum of Natural History, she said.
Wiles started her career as a full-time curator in the Morgan Library and Museum’s department of drawings and prints while she working toward her Ph.D. “I appreciated the GC’s flexibility in allowing me to combine my curatorial career with challenging graduate courses and research projects,” she said. “Not only did this help me learn to balance a very busy schedule, but it also kept me doing what I love to do best: looking at original works of art every day and being introduced to new ways of seeing as presented by my professors.”

Submitted on: APR 10, 2018

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