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Office of the Museum Director

Painting by Robert Gwathmey

The Director’s Office is responsible for the overall direction and management of the museum. This includes determining long-term goals and objectives, annual budgets and programs, and internal and external policies.

SAAM’s director reviews art acquisitions and collection strategy, curatorial research, educational interpretation, and all published matter. The director represents the museum with governing boards, sponsors, membership organizations, major donors, and a variety of visitors. The director reports to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and performs various Smithsonian-related duties.

SAAM’s deputy director works closely with the director and office chiefs to ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively.

Contact the Director’s Office

Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director: StebichS[at]
Rachel M. Allen, Deputy Director: RAllen[at]

Pictured: Robert Gwathmey, Woman Sowing, n.d., watercolor and ink, 13 7/8 x 15 3/8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of International Business Machines