Eric Nastasi, Deputy Director for Administration and Finance

February 7, 2022

Eric Nastasi is the deputy director for administration and finance at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He joined the museum staff in 2019 as senior advisor to the director, and his appointment as deputy director began in February 2022. He is responsible for overseeing the museum’s Administrative Office, Registrar’s Office, Exhibitions and Publications, as well as managing strategic partnerships.

Previously, Nastasi was division director for advancement and partnerships at the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2013, Nastasi served as a member of the advisory board for the Smithsonian Science Education Center (2009-2012), the governing board of the Arlington Arts Center (2011-2014) and the governing board of Artisphere (2011-2013).

He is an attorney by training, with experience as both in-house counsel and law firm practice. He served as counsel at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (2010-2012) and was chief operating officer and general counsel at Bitek International (2004-2010).

Nastasi earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1991) and a JD degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1994).

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the flagship museum in the United States for American art and craft. It is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. The museum’s main building, located at Eighth and G streets N.W., is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum’s Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check online for current hours and admission information. Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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