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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.


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.


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


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.



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


Married Sheri Roseanne Lucas, October 2, 1982 (divorced 1994). Children: Marissa Hauck, Caroline Lucas.

Edward Van Buren Stearns

Harriett Ann (Hauck) Stearns

Sheri Roseanne Lucas

Marissa Hauck Stearns

Caroline Lucas Stearns