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Robert Leland Stearns

Robert Leland Stearns, American curator. Decorated chevalier Order of Arts and Letters (France); Travel grantee Jerome Foundation, 1986, Japan Foundation, 1991, Canada Cultural Ministry, 2004. Member governor's residence committee State of Ohio, 2004—2006.

Background

  • Stearns, Robert Leland was born on August 28, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Edward Van Buren and Harriett Ann (Hauck) Stearns.

  • Education

    • Student, University California, San Diego, 1968. Bachelor of Fine Arts, University California, San Diego, 1970. Student, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1968.

    Career

    • Assistant director Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, 1970-1972. Production assistant Avalanche Magazine, 1972. Director Kitchen Center for Video/Music, 1972-1977, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, 1977-1982.

      Director performing arts Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1982-1988. Director Wexner Center for Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 1988-1992. Member Wexner Center Foundation, 1990-1992.

      Director Stearns & Assocs./Contemporary Exhibition Services, Ohio, 1992—2000. Senior prgm. director Arts Midwest, Minneapolis, 1998—2005. Consultant curator Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio, 2005—2009, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, 2008—2009.

      Project manager Palm Springs Art Museum, since 2009. Adjunct professor department art, associate dean College Art, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1988-1992. Lecturer School of the Art Institute Chicago, 2002.

      Consultant McKnight Foundation, St. Paul, 1978, Jerome Foundation, 1978-1979. Chairman Artists television Workshop, New York City, 1976-1977. Board directors, chairman Minnesota Dance Alliance, Minneapolis, 1983-1988.

      Board directors Haleakala, Incorporated, New York York City. Member various panels National Endowment for Arts, Washington, 1977-1991. Member public arts policy Greater Columbus Arts Council, 1988-1990.

      Advisory council Brooklyn Academy Music, 1982-1984, Houston Grand Opera, 1991-1993. Fundraising consultant Art for Life Columbus Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Task Force, 2000-2006. Member Advocacy Committee Ballet Met, Columbus, 2003-2006.

      Member db. directors Architecture and Design Council Palm Springs Art Museum, since 2008, La Quinta Arts Foundation, since 2008, Coachella Valley Art Alliance, since 2008. Chair leadership council, ArtsOasis, since 2008, commissioner Palm Springs public Arts. Communications, since 2008.

    Works

    Membership

    Member governor's residence committee State of Ohio, 2004—2006.

    Connections

    • Married Sheri Roseanne Lucas, October 2, 1982 (divorced 1994). Children: Marissa Hauck, Caroline Lucas.
    • father: Edward Van Buren Stearns
    • mother: Harriett Ann (Hauck) Stearns
    • spouse: Sheri Roseanne Lucas
    • children: Marissa Hauck Stearns
    • Caroline Lucas Stearns
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    Born August 28, 1947
    (age 69)
    Nationality
    • 1968
      University California
    • 1970
      University California
    • 1968
      California Polytechnic State University
    • 1970 - 1972
      Assistant, director Paula Cooper Gallery
    • 1972
      production assistant, Avalanche Magazine
    • 1972 - 1977
      director, Kitchen Center for Video/Music
    • 1977 - 1982
      director, Kitchen Center for Video/Music
      Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
    • 1982 - 1988
      director, performing arts Walker Art Center
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • 1988 - 1992
      director, Wexner Center for Arts
      Columbus, Ohio, United States
    • 1990 - 1992
      member, Wexner Center Foundation
    • 1992
      director, Stearns & Assocs./Contemporary Exhibition Services
      Ohio, United States
    • 1998 - 2005
      senior, prgm. director Arts Midwest
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • 2005 - 2009
      consultant, curator Franklin Park Conservatory
      Columbus, Ohio, United States
    • 2008 - 2009
      consultant, curator Franklin Park Conservatory
      Washington, United States
    • 2009
      project manager, Palm Springs Art Museum
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