Jan Stuart Named Smithsonian’s New Chinese Art Curator

The Smithsonian’s Asian art museums  — the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery — are set to have a new Chinese art curator come November. Jan Stuart, who previously worked at the Freer and Sackler Galleries from 1988 to 2006, is slated to move back to D.C. to take up the recently created role of Melvin R. Seiden curator of Chinese art. Currently working as Keeper of Asia at the British Museum (yes, that is her real title), Stein will oversee ceramics, textiles, furniture, lacquer and other decorative arts at the Smithsonian.

“We are delighted to welcome Jan back to the museums where she has contributed so much in the past,” Julian Raby, director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, said in a statement. “At the forefront of her field, she carries with her a deep knowledge of Chinese art, and a special love of our remarkable collections.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: Art Fairs London)